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— A local company is on display this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Carrie and Tony Requist started U Grok It, a company that allows users’ smartphones to find things that have been lost or misplaced using radio-frequency identification tags. CES, billed as the largest consumer electronics trade show in the world, runs through Friday.

I plan to catch up with the Requists early next week to learn more about U Grok It.

■ Longtime local Margie Leist has started The Steamboat Chef, a personal chef service.

Leist meets with potential clients to determine food preference and dietary requirements, according to a news release. Leist said costs depend on the type of service provided and number of meals, which are prepared in a client’s home.

For more information about The Steamboat Chef, visit www.thesteamboatchef.com, call 970-819-3463 or email thesteamboatchef@gmail.com.

Leist is a member of the U.S. Personal Chef Association and a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy, according to the release.

■ Tired of picking up dead Christmas tree needles from your living room floor? The city of Steamboat Springs’ annual Christmas tree drop-off runs through the end of the month. Discard your tree, for free, at the drop-off location in the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. Just be sure to clear your tree of all lights, ornaments and tinsel. Wreaths and garland are not accepted.

The city will mulch the trees and provide the mulch free of charge to residents. The city also uses the mulch in parks. For more information, call Ernie at 970-879-4300, ext. 325.

■ Want a say in how the city spends your money? On Monday, the city of Steamboat Springs launched an interactive online tool intended to help community members better understand the city’s finances while also allowing them to prioritize a list of city services.

The tool gives people a total of $1 to spend. The cost of all city services is $1.42, meaning folks have to pick where to spend and where to cut. The survey is available through the end of the month. Visit www.steamboatsprings.net to participate.

Jack Weinstein’s column appears periodically in the Steamboat Today. Contact him at 970-871-4203 or jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com.

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