Steamboat briefs: Brooke Metzler is named council’s Teen of the Month |

Steamboat briefs: Brooke Metzler is named council’s Teen of the Month

Brooke Metzler

Brooke Metzler, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School, is the Steamboat Springs Teen Council's Teen of the Month for February.

Metzler is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America who also plays varsity tennis and flute in the school band. She is passionate about mission trips, having traveled often to Haiti and Spain for a World Youth Day program with Mission Youth. Her goal is to become a doctor.

Teen Council leaders said Metzler embodies the group's values by demonstrating that teens are valuable community assets; caring about matters that affect teens; being committed to community service; and acting as a resource for the benefit of teens.

The Teen Council's vision is to give teens a voice in the community. Now in its fifth year, the Teen Council works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community and provide substance-free activities for youths. The Teen Council is sponsored by the city and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. For more information, visit

Over The Hill Gang doles out $10K to local groups

Steamboat's Over The Hill Gang recently awarded $10,000 from its community fund to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

The VNA received $4,000 for its Senior Health Assessment and Foot Care program, which is part of the organization's Aging Well program. The Winter Sports Club received $1,000 scholarships for each of six athletes: Mary O'Connell, Logan Banning, Billy Winters, Adam Loomis, Charlie Von Thaden and Dori McNeill. 

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The Over The Hill Gang's community fund comprises a portion of the dues each member pays annually and occasional gifts from out-of-town guests and groups who take advantage of the guiding services the Over The Hill Gang offers at Steamboat Ski Area. The community fund grant dollars are divided between the Winter Sports Club and the VNA in percentages determined by Over The Hill Gang members at the time they pay their annual dues.

For more information, call Frank Dolman at 970-846-4318.

Ski Mardi Gras seeking nominations for royalty

New this year, the Ski Mardi Gras planners at Steamboat Ski Area are looking for nominations from the community for the 2012 Ski Mardi Gras rex and queen.

Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of Steamboat? Who's overworked and underpaid but always generous with their time and talents? Who puts so much creativity into our community that they deserve a little extra appreciation? Nominate your friends, bosses, coworkers or family members for the honor of rex or queen by emailing by 5 p.m. Friday.

Include the first and last name and contact information for the nominee and why you think he or she deserves to be Mardi Gras royalty.

Three finalists for each category will be chosen, and online voting will take place through from Saturday to Feb. 17.

Ski Mardi Gras is a five-day celebration on the mountain taking place Feb. 17 to 21 with cookouts, free concerts, carnival activities and more.

Call 970-871-4204 with questions.

Cassady Daley named to dean's list for fall 2011

Cassady Daley, a 2011 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2011 semester at Montana State University. Cassady is the daughter of Peter and Gretchen Daley and has been invited to join the honors program at MSU. She is one of the top students in the University Studies program with a 3.86 GPA.

Volunteers are needed for Winter Carnival events

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers to help with the Winter Carnival street events Saturday and Sunday. Various times are available. Contact Maren at or 970-457-4529.

Steamboat Chix with Stix will host Denver Synergy

The Steamboat Chix with Stix, which are coming off a three-game winning streak, host the Denver Synergy this weekend. The women's hockey team plays at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's game is the fan and sponsor appreciation game.

VNA's daffodils fundraiser ongoing through March 1

Orders are being taken for the annual Hospice daffodils fundraiser sponsored by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. The spring fundraiser encourages residents and businesses to purchase bunches of daffodils, with proceeds going to the VNA's hopsice program. The fundraiser typically generates more than $15,000 in Steamboat Springs and Craig.

The daffodils will be available March 13, and the deadline to order them is March 1. There is a minimum order of 10 bunches for $46. Orders can be placed online at or by calling Dervla Lacy at 970-871-7602.

Applications for historical designation due Feb. 21

Applications for designation on the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are due Feb. 21 in the Routt County Board of Commissioners office at the Routt County Courthouse. The applications will be reviewed by the Routt County Historic Preservation Board at its March 14 meeting. Call Dee Bolton at 970-879-0108 for more information. Applications can be accessed at

Council recommends tree donations as holiday gifts

If you're looking for a Valentine's Day gift that lasts longer than chocolate, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council suggests tree donations. The Sustainability Council hopes to continue the success of the ReTree Steamboat stocking stuffer program, which raised more than $1,500, according to a news release.  

The donated funds will be used to buy trees for ReTree Steamboat, an annual tree-planting event June 9 that helps to replace trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

In June 2011, 3,000 trees were planted on Emerald Mountain and Mount Werner. The Sustainability Council's goal this year is to plant 3,000 trees on Emerald Mountain and in The Sanctuary area.

Giving levels are as follows: $10 buys 5 trees, $25 buys 10 trees, $50 buys 25 trees and $100 or more buys 50 or more trees. Those who give $25 or more will receive a card for friends or family describing the gift.

Visit to buy your Valentine's Day gift.

Seminar on Wednesday to focus on business startup

A First Steps Seminar from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday will focus on how to start a business. Topics include:

Who are my customers, why do they want/need my product/service and how many are out there? How do I build a revenue/sales forecast? How much money do I need to start a business, and how do I build a monthly expense budget? What is the forecast for profit/loss my first two years? What are the sources for funding my business, and what do they require? What resources are available to help me with the planning process?

The class is in Bogue Hall, Room 300, at Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus. Call Randy Rudasics at 970-870-4491 with questions.

Through With Chew Week lasts from Feb. 19 to 25

Through With Chew Week is Feb. 19 to 25 and the Great American Spit Out is Feb. 23. If you or someone you know is thinking about quitting chew, free smokeless tobacco quit kits and other resources are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive, or Craig, 745 Russell St. For more information, call Community Health Educator Vicki Barron at 970-875-1883. 

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