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Steamboat Briefs: 3 Steamboat publishing group members honored

Three We Write Steamboat members were honored May 18 at the EVVY book awards in Lone Tree. The Colorado Independent Publishers Association presented the awards to the Routt County independent publishers.

■ Dr. Dawn V. Obrecht won first place in the health and fitness category for "From the Edge of the Cliff: Understanding the Two Phases of Recovery and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be." Obrecht's business, which specializes in addiction medicine, is based in Steamboat. Find more information about books by Obrecht at

■ Donald Moss, Ph.D., won second place in the autobiography/memoir category for "Alzheimer's: My Journey to a Next Generation Treatment." Moss is a part-time Routt County resident and recently retired as a professor at the University of Texas, El Paso. Moss' book is available as a paperback and an e-book.

■ D.A. Hill won a merit award his first novel "Newton's Ark." The book is the first in a trilogy series. It is available as a paperback, an e-book and an audio book. Find more information about Hill's book at

Finegan named director of Healthcare Foundation

The Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley named Elizabeth Finegan its new executive director. She started her job May 15, according to a news release.

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Finegan moved from Jackson Hole, Wyo., where she was president of St. John's Hospital Foundation.

"Liz brings professional experience in health care foundation work, and we're pleased she has joined us," Healthcare Foundation board Chairman Wade Gebhardt said in the release. "We look forward to working with Liz to advance the goals of the foundation and enhance the philanthropic desires of the community."

The Healthcare Foundation raises funds for the nonprofit Yampa Valley Medical Center. More information is available at or by calling 970-871-0700.

Steamboat flight instructor renews master certification

Joe Birkinbine, owner of Steamboat Flight Academy, recently renewed his accreditation as a master certificated flight instructor, according to a news release. Birkinbine first earned the accreditation in 2010 and is one of 151 worldwide to earn the credential two times, the release stated.

To earn the national accreditation that is recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration, candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth and service to the aviation community and must pass an evaluation by a peer board of review, according to the release.

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