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Conference focuses on disaster

Training, teamwork and communication discussed

The odds of losing all hydraulic power on a DC-10 were a billion to one, Capt. Al Haynes says.

Community comes through for needy

Christmas in July drive sees half-ton truck filled with supplies to aid families

It took only a week for the Steamboat Springs community to donate enough supplies and cash to create 75 bundles for needy families.

Locals honored for giving to community

The mountains and lakes at Storm Mountain Ranch provided a majestic backdrop as the Yampa Valley Community Foundation recognized Steamboat Springs' giving spirit at its "Celebration of Philanthropy."

Businesses reaping benefits

Locals cater to influx of visitors to Steamboat Springs for sports tournaments

The massive influx of people for several weekend activities was a boon for local businesses. Close to 14,000 people were expected to come into town for the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament and the Steamboat Classic, a fastpitch softball tournament.

Philanthropic efforts honored

It's defined as an "effort to increase the well-being of mankind," and "a love for mankind, in general." On Sunday the Yampa Valley Community Foundation will host its annual "Celebration of Philanthropy," giving recognition to the people and businesses that have given to their community. The foundation will present awards to Denny and Joy Swanson, Maggie McElhinny and the Steamboat Pilot & Today, in the individual, youth and business philanthropists of the year.

Area programs awarded grants

Two area programs received a total of $15,000 in grants from the Women's Foundation of Colorado. Steamboat Springs' Desert Research Institute was awarded $5,000; Craig's Yampa Valley Partners received $10,000, the fourth-largest amount given by the foundation. The Desert Research Institute, working out of the Storm Peak Laboratory on Mount Werner, is one of several atmospheric research branches of the University of Nevada.

Christmas in July project starts

Organizers look to fill truck with supplies for the needy

Routt County United Way's Christmas in July project starts today an attempt to fill a half-ton Dodge truck at Steamboat Motors with toys and supplies for the needy. Organizers are looking at a "basics vs. toys" scenario, although toys are welcomed. However, toiletries, paper products, diapers, soaps and cleaning and school supplies are preferred.

A beautiful day for a race

Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, scenery the backdrop for Mountain Madness runs

Once a year for the past 23 years, the nondescript electric pole behind the tennis courts on Howelsen Parkway is surrounded by activity. It serves as the starting and finish line for the Mountain Madness Half Marathon and its 10K and fun runs.

Art in the Park has 'excellent' showing

Nearly all the blades of grass at Elk Park lay flat as an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people went from craft booths to food vendors to musical events at Sunday's Art in the Park, which concluded the two-day event. "It's been excellent," said Nancy Kramer, executive director of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. "We have a nice variety this year. It's been a little cool though, not as hot, so that might affect some of the vendors."

Riders pedal to help brain injury survivors

Scott La Point suffered from serious brain injuries when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle. There'll be a strong sense of irony when he pedals 466 miles July 22-28 to raise money and awareness for The Hangout, a drop-off center for survivors of brain injuries. "It's extremely important," said Jim Kittel, a former Steamboat Springs resident who suffered a brain stem stroke in May 1995. He's also the president of The Hangout. "We're the only organization of this type, where people with brain injuries can decide to regain their dignity."

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