Steamboat briefs: Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair at elementary school Saturday

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The Yampa Arts & Crafts Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa.

The fair features more than 80 booths of crafters and artisans from across Colorado and will include a free gift basket drawing as well as visits with Santa at 3 p.m.

Lunch will be available for purchase from fair sponsor Edith Chapter No. 61 Order of the Eastern Star, which uses proceeds to help fund community service projects. 

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps gets recognition

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps recently was named a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior to help implement a national effort to put youths and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources, according to a news release.

“We are so happy that Rocky Mountain Youth Corps as well as five other (Colorado Youth Corps Association) accredited youth corps have been selected for 21st Century Conservation Service Corps membership,” Colorado Youth Corps Association Executive Director Jennifer Freeman said in the release. “We look forward to the opportunities this gives to the young people and veterans involved in these organizations.  It is an honor, and a testament to the value of the youth corps movement.”

New academic fellowship launched by local group

The Steamboat Institute, a nonprofit conservative organization, recently launched a new academic fellowship, The Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism, named after the late conservative columnist and pundit Tony Blankley, according to a news release.

“Tony Blankley firmly believed that unless liberty was cherished and protected, it could be extinguished in a single generation,” The Steamboat Institute chairman Jennifer Schubert-Akin said in the release. “We hope to carry on his mission and communicate his ideals to the next generation so that his principles can be preserved for years to come.”

The Tony Blankley Chair was launched Oct. 29 during a reception hosted by The Steamboat Institute at the Capitol Hill Club with the support of former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich, his wife, Callista Gingrich, and The Washington Times chairman Tom McDevitt, according to the release.

“This fellowship is a great idea and exactly the right tribute to Tony, which the Gingrich Foundation is proud to support. Tony loved the continuity and he loved the idea that each generation creates an opportunity for the next,” said Gingrich, under whom Blankley served as press secretary.

Recipients of the Tony Blankley Chair for Public Policy and American Exceptionalism will receive a stipend and will complete policy papers and commentaries for publication in top U.S. newspapers and other publications. The scholar also will be encouraged to represent The Steamboat Institute at various events.

Blankley served as conference moderator for The Steamboat Institute’s annual Freedom Conference from 2009 through 2011.

Colorado Mountain College offers study abroad courses

Colorado Mountain College is offering the following study abroad classes:

■ Spain: A spring semester in Granada, Spain, is from Feb. 2 to April 26. The semester of independent study includes 12 weeks of classes, 20 hours of Spanish instruction and five sessions devoted to Spanish culture. Classes will be held at the Don Quixote language school within walking distance to the Alhambra palace. Applications are due Dec. 13. A four-week summer program in Spain also will be offered from June 17 to July 19. The registration deadline is April 1.

■ Guatemala: A spring break trip to Guatemala is from March 6 to 17. The class covers Mayan cultural identity in the context of civil war and post-conflict transition. Students will have the opportunity to meet artists, politicians and activists who are shaping Guatemalan culture. The course begins Jan. 24. Registration and payment is due Dec. 13.

■ South Africa: A summer semester in South Africa is from May 16 to June 4. The course will cover race and state- and nation-building. Participants will visit Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bophutatswana, Stellenbosch and Cape Town and meet leaders of political parties, human rights organizations and more. The deadline to register is Feb. 3. Payment is due March 18. An informational session is from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at CMC. For more information, contact Lauren DeAre at ldeare@coloradomtn.edu or 970-319-5817.

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