Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Ski Area to open Storm Peak on Thursday

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Ski area officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the Storm Peak Express chairlift will open Thursday providing access to all or parts of Buddy’s Run, Storm Peak Face, Cyclone, Meadow Lane and Calf Roper.

Free community dinners at Holy Name have resumed

Free community dinners at Holy Name Catholic Church have resumed from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. The dinners are held downstairs in the Church Hall, and anyone is welcome. Those who would like to contribute a side dish or volunteer are asked to call the church office at 970-879-0671.

Tree donations available as gifts for holiday season

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is suggesting tree donations as gifts this holiday season. The donated funds will be used in January to purchase trees for ReTree Steamboat, a annual tree-planting event in June that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Last year, 3,000 trees were planted on Emerald Mountain and at Routt County schools and The Sanctuary, according to a news release.

Giving levels are as follows:

■ Douglas Fir: $10 (5 trees)

■ Engelmann: $25 (12 trees)

■ Blue Spruce: $50 (25 trees)

■ Evergreen: $100 or more (50 or more trees)

Those who give $25 or more will receive a card for friends or family describing the gift.

Tobacco cessation kits available in Steamboat

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free gift for friends and family members who want to quit tobacco this holiday season. QuitKits and information about how to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco are available in the lobby of the Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Anyone who wants to give the gift of health for themselves or someone they know can pick up a QuitKit or call the free Colorado QuitLine at 800-QUIT-NOW.

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