Steamboat briefs: Suicide prevention group receives nonprofit status

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Editor's note: This brief has been updated to correct the board of directors.

Steamboat Springs-based Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide recently announced its new nonprofit status as an independent 501(c)3 entity.

The organization, which previously operated under the umbrella of Colorado West Regional Mental Health Inc., is governed by a nine-member board of directors.

“We felt we were growing in terms of programming, purpose and fundraising enough to necessitate becoming our own nonprofit,” REPS Executive Director Ronna Autrey said in a news release. “You are going to be hearing and seeing a lot more about REPS in the coming weeks and months.”

The group’s board of directors includes Chairman Steve Aigner, Vice Chairwoman Leslie Christiansen, Treasurer Dan Bonner, Secretary Lisa Wilkinson, Dennis Freeman, Tom Gangel, Pastor Dave McKnight, Diane Moore and Christina A. Rosch.

Autrey said one of REPS’ new programs is Suicide Prevention Advocates, a specially trained team of volunteers that sits with, comforts and offers referral services to suicide patients in Yampa Valley Medical Center’s emergency room. Suicide Prevention Advocates is on call 24 hours each day and has clearance from YVMC, according to the news release.

REPS also will co-sponsor the second annual Yampa Valley Wellness Conference scheduled for Sept. 29 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

“We’ve already been organizing the conference for a couple of months now and are really planning off the incredible momentum we got from the first one last September,” Autrey said in the news release.

REPS meets at noon on the last Friday of the month at Concordia Lutheran Church. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings. For more information, call Autrey at 970-846-8182.

City to honor Youth Corps members on Wednesday

The city of Steamboat Springs will recognize 2011 Colorado Corpsmembers of the Year Sam Meyer and Connor Bernard during a reception at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Hall.

Meyer and Connor were honored last month during a ceremony hosted by the Colorado Youth Corps Association at the state Capitol. Meyer received his award from state Rep. Randy Baumgardner, and Bernard received his from state Sen. Jean White. Meyer was a member of the Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps, and Bernard worked with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

For more information about the reception hosted by the Parks and Recreation Commission, call Brooke Lightner at 970-879-4300, ext. 355.

CMC to offer a mountain biking class for women

Colorado Mountain College hosts a women’s mountain biking class at the end of March. The program includes classroom sessions March 27 and 29 and an overnight camping trip to Fruita from March 30 to April 1. The cost is $169 and includes transportation, permits, camping fees, repair and instruction. Call 970-870-4444 to register.

Hayden library’s book fair luau will begin Thursday

Hayden Public Library hosts a book fair luau during regular library hours from Thursday to March 26. A bake sale Friday helps kick off the book fair and the new Friends of the Library group.

Children’s coloring contest continues until March 31

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply presents a children’s coloring contest for a chance to win a class pizza party at the winner’s school. All students in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to participate. Pick up and drop off all coloring contest entries to Murdoch’s, 2355 West Victory Way in Craig, by March 31. Entries will be displayed during March, and the winning entry will be chosen April 1. Call Kitch Walker at 406-587-5846 with questions.

CDC recommends hepatitis B vaccination for diabetics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people with diabetes should receive the hepatitis B vaccination. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233 in Craig or 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs.

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