Steamboat briefs: Teen Council’s Teen of the Month is Aidan Gibbs

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Aidan Gibbs has been named the Steamboat Springs Teen Council’s Teen of the Month for November, according to a news release.

Gibbs, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was chosen because he embodies the Teen Council values of demonstrating that teens are valuable community assets, acting as a leader or positive role model among peers and demonstrating commitment to community service.

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Aidan Gibbs

At the high school, Gibbs is president of the National Honor Society. He also is a cadet commander of the Steamboat Springs Composite Squadron as part of the Civil Air Patrol program. Gibbs enjoys hiking, skiing, camping and participating in the Science Olympiad.

Gibbs’ goal is to work for U.S. Air Force Space Command, NASA or a private space technologies company.

“My dream job is to be a rocket scientist. Developing space exploration excites me,” he said in the release.

When asked why the community should value teens, he said, “Youth should be valued as potent source for change. Youth offer enthusiasm, energy and fresh ideas, which if correctly tapped, manifest themselves in a better today and tomorrow. Motivated teenagers start building tomorrow today.”

The Teen Council works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community and provide substance-free and alternative activities for youths. The program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition.

For more information, visit www.steamboatspringsteencouncil.org.

County Treasurer’s Office closes Thursday for sale

The Routt County Treasurer’s Office will be closed for regular business Thursday during the 2013 tax lien sale, which is from 7:30 a.m. to noon with registration closing at 8 a.m. Find more information about the sale at www.co.routt.co.us/index.aspx?NID=214. The Treasurer’s Office will reopen for regular business Friday.

Concordia collects boxes for Operation Christmas Child

Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane, will serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child again this year. Through Operation Christmas Child, Steamboat Springs residents will help send more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. The boxes will be filled with Christmas gifts including school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement.

Steamboat residents are asked to pack their own boxes and drop them off at the church during business hours from Nov. 18 to 25. A $7 check also should be included to cover shipping costs.

Learn more about filling a box at www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC. For more information about collection of the boxes, call the church office at 970-879-0175 or Marvin Lindsey at 970-871-4770.

Military, veterans can get in-district tuition at CMC

Active-duty military, veterans as well as their spouses and dependents can receive in-district tuition at Colorado Mountain College no matter where they live, according to a news release.

With in-district tuition rates of $56 to $95 per credit hour, CMC has been named the nation’s third-most-affordable public college offering bachelor’s degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Veterans or active-duty military can visit CMC’s veteran admissions website at www.coloradomtn.edu/web/admissions/veterans_military. The spring semester at CMC begins Jan. 13.

Author seeks help reaching Adams family members

Author John Meurs is seeking help from Routt County residents in contacting family members of bombardier 2nd Lt. Robert W. Adams, who resided here after World War II.

Adams, of Rawlins, Wyo., was a member of the Eighth United States Army Air Forces, which targeted the Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station in Berlin on April 29, 1944. During the mission, 63 heavy bombers were lost, one of which was downed by fighters during the return flight. Nine in the crew bailed out and were taken prisoner. Adams was among the survivors.

Meurs is seeking information for a book about the mission.

Meurs also is the author of “Not Home for Christmas,” which is about 34 heavy bomber crews of the Eighth USAAF who did not return to their bases in England after their mission Nov. 26, 1944.

Meurs can be reached at meurs.john@bluewin.ch.

Ski area launches season snowfall guessing contest

Steamboat Ski Area has launched a season snowfall contest with the prize of a trip for two to Steamboat for the person who guesses closest to the season total, which is measured from Oct. 1 to April 13, according to a news release.

“This contest is for everyone whether you’re an avid powder hound or snow greenhorn, you simply have to love snow and Steamboat,” said Rob Perlman, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Readers can enter the contest through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 1 at www.steamboat.com.

The prize includes five nights’ lodging at The Steamboat Grand, a Steamboat Powdercats day trip, three days of lift tickets and demo equipment, two spa treatments at The Grand Spa, two Korbel ski jackets and a case of Korbel California Champagne, according to the release.

Volunteer for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Routt County United Way will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 28 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. To sign up to bring traditional Thanksgiving food items or to volunteer, call 970-879-5605.

Upscale Fashion Exhibit opens Friday at CMC

The Art & Sustainability Upscale Fashion Exhibit will be on display from Friday to Dec. 2 on the third floor of the Colorado Mountain College academic center. Call Cynthia Zyzda at 970-870-4432 for more information.

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