Steamboat briefs: Friday is last chance to sign up for Penguin Plunge |

Steamboat briefs: Friday is last chance to sign up for Penguin Plunge

Today is the last day to register for the Penguin Plunge on Saturday at the Lake Catamount Pool.

This year the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley is holding registration the day before the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Yampa Valley Medical Center. At registration, participants can turn in their paperwork and the minimum of $150 they needed to raise in order to take the plunge into the near-freezing water.

Alpine Bank is the legacy sponsor for the event, which this year is raising money for a new breast health center at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Teams begin plunging at noon Saturday.

Magazine lists Steamboat as top small town to visit

Smithsonian magazine's third annual Best Small Towns To Visit list was announced Thursday and included Steamboat Springs as No. 4.

According to its website, Smithsonian says Steamboat is included on the list because of its snow, Western heritage and music and art scenes, citing the Strings Music Festival and MusicFest.

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The website states:

"Steamboat's big claim to fame is the dry light snow that creates 'champagne powder,' but something else is in the air: music. What other town this size has symphony and chamber orchestras, an opera and a world-class summer festival that brings first chairs from all over the country to perform in a smashing new concert hall at the base of a mountain? …

Unlike some tiny resort towns in the West, Steamboat holds onto its cowboy past as if its life depended on it: The rodeo arrives in summer. The town's homesteading, ranching and hot springs resort history is told at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in the historic center not far from the Yampa River, which runs from its source in the Flat Tops Wilderness. F.M. Light & Sons, a western outfitter, recommends Western movies on its website."

Read the full story at

Sofi Mercado is named March Teen of the Month

Steamboat Springs Teen Council has selected Sofi Mercado as the Teen of the Month for March.

Sofi was chosen for this honor by members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council because she is an outstanding teen in our community.

Sofi is a senior at Steamboat Springs High School and is very involved in our community. Throughout the past four years, Sofi has volunteered her time working with young children. She teaches children Spanish during summer vacation and baby-sits for free for less fortunate families in town. Sofi also does free puppet shows that teach children how to conserve and save water and energy.

She loves the outdoors and exploration and is an active hiker in the spring and summer and loves soaking in the beautiful views that the Yampa Valley has to offer. She also enjoys swimming, running, practicing yoga and hanging out with her good friends and family.

Ten years from now, she hopes to be traveling the world and helping others in need. Sofi plans to study social work and art therapy because she wants to help others who are less fortunate. She aspires to work specifically with women who have been oppressed or abused and is passionate about incorporating art therapy into her career. The best advice Sofi has received is "hatred is never ended by hatred, but by love."

Sofi thinks it is "very important for teenagers to feel valued and rewarded for their accomplishments. This is such a great honor and opportunity being awarded March's Teen of the Month. It really shows others that hard work does pay off and it is also a really great program."

Sofi's peers describe her as "one of the most caring and loving students at our school. She works very hard and is dedicated to everything she does."

To learn more about Steamboat Springs Teen Council, visit

Mainstreet Steamboat, DOLA host retail workshop

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and DOLA are hosting a "Retail Reinvention Workshop" from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

During the free, two-hour workshop, Mainstreet and DOLA will delve into what is working well and what others would like to enhance about retail merchandizing. The workshop will focus on what sets retailers apart from the rest and whether local retailers are tapping into all available resources.

Refreshments and breakfast snacks will be provided. RSVP by calling 970-846-1800 by today.

Online applications open for high school seniors

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation now has an online application for its scholarships offered to high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties.

Scholarship criteria and the link to the application can be found on the website Contact for more information.

Seed Library, gardeners offer summer garden class

The Bud Werner Seed Library and the CSU Master Gardeners present "Gardening 101, " a free two-night class April 9 and 10.

The class is designed to help maximize your summer garden with a focus on soil amendments, season extension, seed selection, starting seeds indoors and vegetable gardening. 

The classes are free, but RSVP is requested at 970-879-0240 ext. 317. Visit for more information.

Spot the first returning sandhill crane in contest

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenters of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which runs from Sept. 12 to 15, is sponsoring a First Crane Sighting of the Season contest.

Document your sighting of the first sandhill crane in the Yampa Valley by either emailing your photo to or mailing your photo to Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition headquarters at 40625 Routt County Road 69A, Hayden, CO 81639. Include the date, time and location of your sighting as well as your name and any other pertinent details.

A prize will be awarded for the earliest sighting, and the winner's name and photo will be posted on the CCCC website at

SSHS alumnus named to Mesa State dean's list

Michael Yost, of Steamboat Springs, has been named to the dean's list for the 2013 fall semester at Mesa State University in Grand Junction.

Michael is a 2013 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School and is majoring in sports science.

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