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Steamboat Today hosts Coffee and a Newspaper event Wednesday

Steamboat Pilot & Today will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Publisher Suzanne Schlicht and Editor Lisa Schlichtman will be present to answer community questions. Coffee and a Newspaper is free and open to the community. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Volunteers needed for Continental Cup in Steamboat

Howelsen Hill will host the Steamboat Ski Town U.S.A. Continental Cup from Dec. 15 to 17, and volunteers are needed. The event features some of the best Nordic combined athletes in the world including hometown favorite, Team USA.

"To have athletes of this caliber back after nearly a decade will be really special and something not to be missed," said Todd Wilson, two-time Olympian and co-chair of the organizing committee, in a news release. "Plus, it's an Olympic year with athletes vying for every possible opportunity to make their country's Olympic team, and the Continental Cup in Steamboat provides significant momentum toward that goal."

Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions ranging from on-hill jump responsibilities to the cross-country course and throughout the Howelsen Hill base area. Some positions, such as hill prep, start as early as Dec. 6. A list of available positions, time requirements and ability to sign up, can be found at sswsc.org/volunteer.

"The only way to be closer to the action, is to be entered in the race," Wilson said.

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For families with work deposits in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, volunteer hours count toward that bank of time. Otherwise, individuals will receive a complimentary lift ticket for the 2017-18 season to Steamboat Ski Area for every eight hours of work during the Continental Cup.

The first Continental Cup event takes flight at noon Friday, Dec. 15 with ski jumping, followed by a cross-country race under the lights of Howelsen Rodeo Arena. Athletes will battle each other and Howelsen again on Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17, with jumping in the morning and cross-country skiing in the afternoon both days.

Currently, 13 teams are anticipated to complete in Steamboat Springs including Austria, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S.

The Continental Cup is sponsored by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Gerber Berend Design Build, city of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and USA Nordic.

Colorado Trust grants $5K to Northwest Colorado nonprofits

The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced it has granted $5,000 each to a handful of rural nonprofit organizations in Northwest Colorado in conjunction with the September 2017 Rural Philanthropy Days.

Rural Philanthropy Days connects funders with nonprofit organizations and government agencies that serve rural Colorado. The biannual event was created in 1991 by the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the Anschutz Family Foundation to strengthen nonprofit-funder relations and address critical needs in rural Colorado communities.

Grants of $5,000 were awarded by the trust to each of the following organizations in Routt County:

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities: Advocates provides crisis services, residential shelter, advocacy and community awareness for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Funds will help cover operating expenses.

Northwest Colorado Center for Independence: The center provides free services and consultation to seniors and people with disabilities who wish to live independently, minimizing institutional care and reliance on outside services. Funds will be used to assess offices of physicians and other health care providers, and offer guidance on how to be more inclusive of the disabled community.

Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation: The foundation supports the ability of Yampa Valley Medical Center to provide health care services and support to the greater Steamboat Springs community. Funds will help provide three iPads that act as mobile interpreters with access to 35 languages, including American Sign Language, as well as devices for patients with poor eyesight or who are hard of hearing.

Choose When: The first project of a community group called Focus on Women, the program provides long-acting reversible contraception to low-income women in northwest Colorado. Funds will be used to expand the program to Moffat County.

Since 2009, The Trust has provided $486,500 in grants to rural Colorado nonprofit organizations via Rural Philanthropy Days, and to CRC to support the statewide RPD program.

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