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Steamboat briefs: Tread of Pioneers Museum closed Tuesday, Thursday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 24 and Thursday, Nov. 26.

5K Turkey Trot Run/Walk, I-mile race set for Saturday

The 5K Turkey Trot Run/Walk and 1-mile fun run for kids takes off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Dry Creek Park in Hayden. Run off your turkey and mashed potatoes. Top three finishers in the 5K get prizes and kids who grab a feather from the crazy turkey in the 1-mile run get prizes as well. The cost is a donation to the Hayden Valley Elementary Health & Wellness Team. Run will occur regardless of weather.

Thanksgiving Community Dinner slated for Thursday

The annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner in Steamboat Springs is in urgent need of food. There is a need for cooked turkeys, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet and mashed potatoes, gravy, Jello salad and cranberry sauce. Items can be delivered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Routt County United Way, which sponsors the dinner, is planning on feeding 775 people. For more information, call 970-879-5605 or visit routtcountyunitedway.org.

LEAP enrollment season underway, assistance offered

Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for its 2015-16 season through April 30. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.

LEAP is a 100-percent federally-funded program, administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services, which provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months.

The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. This year, applicant income was raised from 150 percent to 165 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to $3,334 per month for a family of four. 

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To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent; and be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home's primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove, and weatherization upgrades that improve a home's energy efficiency.

The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons. Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue's website at colorado.gov/pacific/tax/property-tax-rent-heat-credit-ptc-rebate-file for more information and the rebate application booklet. 

To review LEAP qualifications, call 866-432-8435 toll-free, or visit colorado.gov/cdhs/leap to view the most current program application requirements and to download an application.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit routthumane.org.