Steamboat briefs: Help available before health insurance sign-up deadline

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Monday is the deadline to register for health insurance, which, for residents of Steamboat Springs, can mean going through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace if you don’t already have coverage.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a free drop-in session from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at LIFT-UP of Routt County. Other events include:

■ Today: Open enrollment session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center Conference Room 1. Bring your own laptop, social security numbers for all members of household, current insurance policy information, driver’s licenses for all members of household, a recent paystub and a household income estimate for 2014.

■ Friday: Free information seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library. A health coverage guide will attend the meeting for individuals, families and small-business owners interested in learning about their options for health insurance under the new legislation.

Call 970-871-7647 for more information.

Sage grouse viewing trips offered for next two weeks

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Colorado, along with partners Rocky Mountain Wild, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado, are offering an opportunity to get a look at mating greater sage grouse during guided viewing tours in Northwest Colorado from Friday through April 13.

For thousands of years, sage grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds — called leks — to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates. Watching male sage grouse spread their spiked tail feathers and pop their large air sacs is a treat for birdwatchers or any wildlife enthusiast.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife provides a viewing trailer for the guided tour so that people can sit inside and not disturb the grouse on the lek.

The public is reminded that the locations are remote and primitive. Parents with young children or anyone with special needs are asked to inquire about accommodations by emailing Sasha Nelson at sasha@conservationco.org.

Anyone interested in watching one of the most interesting and visual mating rituals are encouraged to sign up for the guided tour because space is limited.

For dates, times, information and to reserve your spot, visit www.conservationco.org and click on “Sage Grouse Tours.”

2014 Mountain Challenge to raise funds for STARS

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports will host the 2014 STARS Mountain Challenge on Saturday at Steamboat Ski Area.

The event groups participants with Olympians, Paralympians celebrities and professionals into teams to complete a series of ski and snowboard challenges, such as riding all the lifts at the ski area and reaching Mount Werner landmarks as checkpoints. Registration is $85, not including a lift ticket, with each individual committed to raising at least $250. All money raised will benefit STARS, whose mission is “to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational activities,” according to the nonprofit’s website.

A Partini Event with drinks and refreshments from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Steamboat Grand will precede the Mountain Challenge. For participants, a Partini ticket is included with their registration. For all others, Partini tickets cost $125 each, and all attendees must be 21 or older.

For more information about STARS or the Mountain Challenge weekend events, visit www.steamboatstars.com.

Snowmobilers invited to attend CPW safety course



Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with Steamboat Lake Snowclub, is inviting all snowmobilers to attend a free Colorado Snowmobile Safety Course at 10 a.m. April 5 at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center.

Riders who successfully complete the course will receive a safety certificate, which is required for all riders between ages 10 and 16 years of age who wish to ride on public lands, unless accompanied by a rider 16 years or older.

“Snowmobiling is fun way to enjoy winter in Colorado,” said Park Ranger Jason Crenshaw, who will conduct the class. “But each year, we respond to accidents that could have been prevented with a little knowledge about safety and skills. A class like this will help you minimize risk.”

The course will consist of classroom instruction followed by basic snowmobile operation. If possible, participants should bring their own snowmobile and equipment, including a helmet; however, a personal machine is not required. The safety certificate qualifications will be completed in the classroom. Crenshaw said even riders with years of experience may learn something new that could be the difference between a day of fun, or a day seeking help or medical attention.

Space is limited, and anyone interested in attending should call Steamboat Lake State Park at 970-879-3922 to reserve a spot.


For more information about snowmobile registration, visit www.cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/SnowmobileRegistrations.aspx.

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