Steamboat briefs: Routt County Council on Aging selling meal punch cards

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The Routt County Council on Aging is offering meal punch cards. For seniors 60 and older, a $30 card is good for the recommended donation of $3 each for ten senior lunches. For those younger than 60, a $30 card is good for five lunches. Family members and friends are encouraged to purchase punch cards for the seniors in their lives. Call 970-879-0633 to make reservations. Following is the noon lunch schedule:

■ Steamboat

Monday: baked chicken

Tuesday: marinated flank steak

Thursday: barbecue ribs

Friday: Macaroni and cheese

■ Hayden

Monday: baked chicken

Tuesday: marinated flank steak

Thursday: barbecue ribs

■ Oak Creek

Monday: baked chicken

Wednesday: barbecue ribs

Friday: Macaroni and cheese

4 Yellow foundation grant applications now accepted

Grant applications for the 4 Yellow foundation will be accepted from organizations that provide cancer services or support cancer initiatives in Steamboat Springs. The foundation raises funds and awareness to combat cancer globally and locally. Proposals must be sent by 4 p.m. Feb. 20 as a PDF to jennifer@yvcf.org. Award notification is March 30 at the Ski 4 Yellow event. Visit www.yvcf.org for more information.

BLM accepting comments on sage grouse measures

The BLM is writing an environmental impact statement to analyze incorporating new sage grouse conservation measures into its resource management plans for the Rocky Mountain Region, which includes Routt National Forest.

In December, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced new greater sage grouse conservation guidance aimed at conserving the greater sage grouse and its sagebrush habitat in 10 western states, including Colorado. This included new long-term conservation measures found in the BLM National Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Planning Strategy, which is available at www.blm.gov/g4jd.

The BLM will accept public comments through March 23. Comments can be mailed to Rocky Mountain Region Project Manager, BLM Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne, WY 82009; emailed to sageeast@blm.gov; faxed to 307-775-6042; or submitted online at www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/more/sagegrouse/eastern.html.

YVMC hosts free diabetes exhibit at 4:30 p.m. Monday

Yampa Valley Medical Center hosts a free diabetes exhibit from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in Conference Rooms 2 and 3.

“This annual exhibit is designed to give the community a chance to see the latest technology available to manage diabetes,” manager of clinical dietetics at YVMC Pam Wooster, R.D., said in a news release. “The event is an opportunity to learn about the equipment, see demonstrations, and ask questions of representatives from diabetes companies.”

No registration is required. For more information, call 970-871-2352.

Consider donating a tree for a Valentine’s Day gift

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift that lasts longer than chocolate, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council suggests tree donations. The Sustainability Council hopes to continue the success of the ReTree Steamboat stocking stuffer program, which raised more than $1,500, according to a news release.

The donated funds will be used in to buy trees for ReTree Steamboat, an annual tree-planting event June 9 that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

In June 2011, 3,000 trees were planted on Emerald Mountain and Mount Werner. The Sustainability Council’s goal this year is to plant 3,000 trees on Emerald Mountain and in The Sanctuary area.

Giving levels are as follows: $10 buys 5 trees, $25 buys 10 trees, $50 busy 25 trees and $100 or more buys 50 or more trees.

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

Visit www.yvsc.org to buy your Valentine’s Day gift.

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