Steamboat briefs: AARP driver safety course offered for local educators

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Local educators can take advantage of a heavily discounted AARP driver safety course led by Jane and Bud Romberg on Tuesday in Steamboat Springs.

The couple said current and former educators, including home-school teachers, bus drivers and coaches can take advantage of the promotion and pay only $5 to take the course.

The course also is open to the public and will cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members.

Some drivers who complete the course will be eligible to receive a discount on car insurance rates, depending on their providers. The class will be taught from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Steamboat Springs School District’s board room in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street. For more information and to register for the course, call Bud Romberg at 970-879-0064.

2008 Steamboat graduate Gary named to dean’s list

Kathryn Ann Ruth Gary, a 2008 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was named to the dean’s list at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo for the spring quarter. Gary’s GPA placed her in the top 15 percent in the business school, marking the second time in four years she has been named to the dean’s list.

Inspirato raises $45,000 for local Boys & Girls Club

Private vacation club Inspirato announced that it raised $45,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs through a vacation auction at the organization’s Aug. 5 Be Great Brunch, according to a news release.

Inspirato and the Boys & Girls Club partnered on the event through Inspirato’s philanthropic program, Inspired Giving, which provides nonprofit organizations, hospitals and schools across the country with a portfolio vacation homes to auction during fundraising events. At the Be Great Brunch, 14 donors purchased vacations.

Walsh painting donated to opera on display at RED

“Water Music,” a painting by Pat Walsh, has been donated to Emerald City Opera to promote fundraising efforts. The painting is on display at RED Contemporary, 2200 Village Inn Court, through Aug. 20. At the end of August, those who have donated $300 or more to Emerald City Opera will be entered into a drawing to win the oil painting, which measures 23 inches by 49 inches unframed. For more information, call Jack Dysart at 970-870-3362 or Pat Walsh at 970-846-0791.

Yampatika upcoming events for August and September

■ Yampatika and the Tread of Pioneers Museum host a Windy Ridge archaeological hike from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31. A U.S. Forest Service archaeologist will lead the free 5-mile hike as part of the museum’s Brown Bag Lecture Series.

■ The Fall Edible Hike is from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8. Yampatika naturalists will lead the hike about edible and medicinal native plants in the Yampa Valley. The cost is $20 for Yampatika members and $25 for nonmembers.

■ Learn about stinging insects in the Yampa Valley from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15. Dr. Roswitha Moehring will discuss nests, stinging behaviors, foraging habits and allergies. The cost is $20 for Yampatika members and $25 for nonmembers.

Registration is required for all events by calling 970-871-9151.  

Funding proposals for projects are due Aug. 31

Proposals seeking funds for local natural resource projects through the Medicine Bow-Routt Resource Advisory Committee are due Aug. 31, according to a news release. Funding is available for projects that will enhance forest ecosystems or restore and improve land health and water quality on Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest land as well as near-by land. About $42,442 is available for Routt County projects, according to the release.

The advisory committee will work with the U.S. Forest Service to recommend projects that will benefit forest health, fish, wildlife, soils, watersheds and other resources; maintain roads, trails and other infrastructure; or control noxious weeds, according to the release. For more information or to submit an application, call 307-745-2323 or email advisory committee coordinator Aaron Voos at atvoos@fs.fed.us. 

Historical Guide to Routt County on sale at museum

The 2010 edition of the Historical Guide to Routt County is on sale at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The guide is dedicated to the trappers and settlers, cattlemen and sheepmen, strawberry and lettuce farmers, miners and skiers who have made the Yampa Valley as rich in history as it is in natural beauty. An index and maps assure easy access to brief descriptions of the mountains, mines, stage stops, trails and ghost towns that played such an important role in the county’s history. Proceeds from the sale of the book support preservation and education activities at the museum. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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