Steamboat briefs: AmeriCorps mentors take part in youth book drive

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Partners in Routt County’s AmeriCorps school-based mentors are participating in a statewide book drive. The group is collecting new or gently used reading material for children and young adults; Spanish-language books are needed in particular.

Books can be dropped off at collection boxes at the following sites: MountainBrew, Natural Grocers, Steamboat Springs Visitors Center, Holy Name Catholic Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Safeway. Donations will be accepted until Jan. 17. 

The mentors group is hoping to collect more than 350 books to benefit organizations affected by the floods and wildfires as well as Hayden Middle School.

Final Sketchbook Project workday set for Monday

Bud Werner Memorial Library is hosting the final Sketchbook Project workday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The entire supply of Steamboat sketchbooks has been distributed, and the purpose of the workday is to offer material support, inspiration and time to get sketchbooks finished before the Jan. 15 deadline.

In 2014, the library is hosting The Sketchbook Project, a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Sketchbooks postmarked by Jan. 15 will return to Steamboat Springs on a visit from the mobile sketchbook library in August. For more information, visit www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Steamboat Today compiles New Year’s Eve happenings

The Steamboat Today is compiling a list of New Year’s Eve events in Routt County. Send event information to lgraham@SteamboatToday.com. Be sure to include location, time and contact information. 

REPS seeking volunteers to aid in suicide prevention

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is in need of volunteers to become part of its Suicide Prevention Advocates program at Yampa Valley Medical Center. The program is designed to help those who have attempted suicide or are having thoughts of suicide and have been hospitalized. Those who are interested are asked to call Ronna Autrey at 970-846-8182.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the “Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0” program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit www.nwcovna.org/livewell.php or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Online carpool matching service available for free

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

Atmos encourages savings by reducing energy usage

Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to save money on their winter heating bills by reducing their energy usage.

“A little planning goes a long way when it comes to reducing winter heating bills,” Colorado/Kansas Division President Gary Gregory said.

Energy-saving tips:

■ Change or clean furnace filters once each month during the heating season.

■ Set your water heater’s temperature at 120 degrees.

■ Set your thermostat to 70 degrees during the day and 58 degrees when away from home for more than a few hours.

■ Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close cabinet and closet doors on outside walls.

If you are having trouble paying your utility bill, visit www.atmosenergy.com to learn more about energy assistance programs. Low-income customers are eligible for federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps pay energy bills and weatherize homes.

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