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Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Springs named Tree City USA for 24th year

For the 24th consecutive year, Steamboat Springs was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the city's commitment to effective urban forest management.

Steamboat Springs achieved the recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committee citizens in communities like Steamboat Springs make smart investments in urban forests," Arbor Day Foundation Chief Executive Matt Harris said in a news release. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Advanced pricing for School Night Auction ends Wednesday

The last day to get advanced ticket pricing for the inaugural School Auction Night is Wednesday. The fundraising event, which will benefit Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools' Challenge Fund, will be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. April 4 at Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola. Tickets are $50 if purchased by today and $65 thereafter. A live auction, live music by Caliente, food and a cash bar will highlight the evening. Visit http://www.steamboatschoolauction.com for more information.

Website forum for small businesses is Wednesday at CMC

Colorado Mountain College and Yampa Valley SCORE will host a forum to help local small business owners understand evolving trends in website design, management and optimization from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Eagles Nest Room on the third floor of CMC's Academic Center in Steamboat Springs.

The workshop will help businesses ensure their websites are productive tools for business development and customer service and help new businesses create a web strategy that works. Themes presented will include: creating a site map, mobile friendly sites, e-commerce issues, search engine strategies, coding and content that support visitor interest and site productivity and a discussion on measuring site results through analytics.

Community web specialists Dave Wittlinger, with digital media sales for Explore Steamboat Digital Services, Brian Berry, owner of JDB Technology, and Casey Barnett, project manager for 305 Spin LLC, will lead the forum.

The fee is $15. To register, call 970-870-4491 or email rrudasics@coloradomtn.edu.

Radio talk show host will speak at annual conference

Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham will be the keynote speaker for The Steamboat Institute's seventh annual Freedom Conference on Aug. 28 and 29 in Steamboat Springs.

The organization made the announcement on its website Monday.

Ingraham is a nationally recognized political talk radio host. "The Laura Ingraham Show," which was launched in 2001, is heard on hundreds of stations nationwide. Ingraham is also a regular Fox News contributor and the principal substitute host on The O'Reilly Factor. She is also the author of five books including "The Hillary Trap," "Shut Up & Sing," "Power to the People," "The Obama Diaries" and "Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots."

Visit http://www.steamboatinstitute.org for more information about the conference schedule.

Steamboat's oldest service club seeks new members

Steamboat Springs' Kiwanis Club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community, as well as attending weekly meetings Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is the city's oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.

Development screenings for children offered for free

Horizons Specialized Services provides free screenings for children. If you're a parent and are concerned about your child's development, call Katherine Hartley at 970-871-8558. The screenings can answer questions such as "Should he be walking by now?" "How many words should she be saying?" and "Is her hearing and vision what it should be?"

Young professionals group seeks additional members

The Young Professionals Network is looking for new members. The group focuses on networking, professional development, volunteer opportunities and social events. An annual membership is $45. For more information or to join, visit www.steamboatypn.com or email Glen Traylor at glen@skibutlers.com.

Bingo prizes needed at local senior living center

Donations now are being accepted for jewelry, small stuffed animals or similar items to be used as bingo prizes at the Doak Walker House at Casey's Pond Senior Living in Steamboat Springs.

Drop them off at the concierge desk or call Celia with questions at 970-457-4883.

Carpool matching service available to area residents

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release. 

Organizers hope the website, http://www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.