Steamboat briefs: Preschool screenings held in Routt County this month

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— Routt County preschool screenings are Monday and Tuesday in Steamboat Springs and March 24 in Hayden. The service is for children ages 2 years and 9 months to 5 years. Screeners will check children’s vision, hearing, motor, speech, language and concept skills. Call to make an appointment. South Routt parents can call South Routt Early Learning Center at 970-638-1065. Steamboat parents can call Julie or Suzanne at 970-879-039. Hayden parents can call Tami at 970-276-3756.

Fund created for injured snowmobiler Chris Brown

On Feb. 19, professional snowmobiler Chris Brown, of Steamboat Springs and Whistler, British Columbia, suffered multiple serious injuries while attempting a double drop on his snowmobile near Whistler.

His injuries include: an open book fracture of the pelvis, two fractured vertebra, a shattered heel, a fractured tibia and fibula, a torn abdominal muscle, a fractured and permanently deformed sacrum, a lacerated bladder and stomach and internal bleeding. Chris still remains in the Vancouver General Hospital and is on the long road to recovery. Doctors expect him to be in a wheelchair for at least three months.

Anyone who wants to contribute to his recovery can do so by sending a check or cash to the Chris Brown Recovery Fund, c/o John Kerst, Yampa Valley Bank, PO Box 775770, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 or through Pay Pal by donating to chrisbrownrecoveryfund@gmail.com. Anyone who wants to do a money transfer can e-mail chrisbrownrecoveryfund@gmail.com and give his or her name and telephone number to be contacted.

Parent and child skating class to be held Thursdays

A parent-tot skating class is from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Thursdays at Howelsen Ice Arena. The playgroup program is designed to teach children from 2 1/2 to 4 years old the basic skills of ice skating and being comfortable on the ice. The five-week program costs $33 and skate rentals are included. For more information, call Courtney Gill at 970-879-4300, ext. 340.

Yampatika is searching for summer program sponsors

Yampatika is looking for sponsors for its summer programs and youth scholarships. The nonprofit organization’s 2011 sponsorship goal is $7,000.

The summer camp scholarships go to children ages 5 to 14. The camps include an overnight camping or backpacking trip for children ages 9 and older.

Sponsorships also can go to this year’s 12th annual Wild Edible Feast, to be held June 3 at Sweetwater Grill. Guests enjoy a gourmet dinner of native wild edible plants and other local fare, a silent auction and a live auction. All proceeds from this event support Yampatika’s Environmental Literacy Program. Yampatika’s adult field schools offer diverse outings focused on the local environment. They include “Hunting the Wild Mushroom,” “Wild Horses of the Sand Wash Basin” and wildflower walks.

For more information, contact Sonja Macys at Sonja@yampatika.org or 970-871-9151.

Local sustainability group hires 2 new employees

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has hired two new employees to complement its existing one-person staff and six-member board of directors, according to a news release.

Kim Kline, new YVSC coordinator, will take over responsibilities for community outreach and organization growth, and Eric Olson, administrative assistant, will take over responsibilities for the group’s behind-the-scenes maintenance and growth.

The organization’s previous coordinator, Anne Mudgett, has been renamed funding coordinator and will be primarily focusing on grant writing and establishing funding for the organization as well as supporting a few upcoming events.

Developmental disabilities group seeking volunteers

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities in Moffat and Routt counties. Volunteers spend at least three hours a month with Horizons clients. Activities can include hiking, biking, bowling, swimming, fishing, walks and more. The group needs volunteers for the Steamboat Marathon, swimming and boating programs.

If interested, call volunteer coordinator Rebecca Hanson at 970-879-4466, ext. 111.

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