Steamboat briefs: News for 100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

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■ The 100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival takes place through Sunday. Find an in-depth look at the centennial event in a special section below. A complete Winter Carnival event schedule is here.

■ All registrations for this year’s Winter Carnival street events for children Saturday and Sunday will be handled at www.steamboatchamber.com/streeteventregistration. For more information, call 970-875-7005.

■ Because of Winter Carnival street events, vehicles parked overnight along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs on Friday or Saturday nights will be towed. Winter Carnival street events are from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

■ Blackmer Drive on Emerald Mountain will be closed from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday during the Winter Carnival fireworks display.

■ Winter Carnival volunteers are needed, including people to sell Winter Carnival buttons at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.sswsc.org and click on the Volunteer Spot icon to sign up.

2013 Winter Carnival Guide

Local Elexia Seng named Corpsmember of the Year

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Elexia Seng

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps member Elexia Seng was named Corpsmember of the Year during the annual Youth Corps awards ceremony Monday at the state Capitol, according to a news release.

Seng, 16, is a native of Steamboat Springs and joined Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in summer 2012 to work on a trail crew.

“Her positive mental attitude and willingness to partake in all aspects of the youth corps experience were absolutely unparalleled,” her crew leader wrote.

Seng said she left Rocky Mountain Youth Corps with a stronger sense of herself and greater self-esteem. She also said she would recommend other youths consider joining the program. 

“Not only do you build friendships, you learn about yourself and how hard work means a lot in life,” she wrote. “You experience so many different things — some being good, some being bad — but you learn how to overcome those situations”

Steamboat Springs Community Youth Corps member Parker Temple also was named Corpsmember of the Year as well as eight other youths across the state.

Steamboat schools take part in energy challenge

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the Colorado Mountain College sustainability studies program and the Steamboat Springs School District are participating in the Take Charge Energy Challenge through Thursday to educate students and faculty about energy use and conservation, according to a news release.

Prior to the start of the challenge Monday, CMC students met with elementary, middle and high school students to discuss energy-saving methods that can be implemented in their schools, such as efficient use of appliances, electronics, lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation.

During the two-week challenge, each school’s energy usage data will be tracked and compared with the previous year. The school that is able to reduce its consumption the most will win the competition. The winner will be announced in April, and a celebration will be held for the winning school.

Local author to hand out coupons for free books

Local author Dagny McKinley will hand out coupons for a free copy of one of her books from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

Those with coupons can redeem them from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, 68 9th St. The coupons are valid through 6 p.m. Sunday while supplies last.

McKinley will give away 100 books, including “Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies,” “Lessons My Mother Taught Me: The Good, the Bad and the questionable,” “The Adventures of a Girl and Her Dog” and “The Wandering Rose.”

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