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Steamboat briefs: Ute tribe history talk to be held Tuesday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Tread of Pioneers Museum present a free community talk with historian and author Peter Decker addressing "The Utes Lose Their Homeland" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Library Hall.

In September, Peter Decker, author of "The Utes Must Go," a detailed account of how and why the Ute tribe was decimated by warfare and treaty manipulations, spoke at the Milk Creek Battlefield Park dedication in Rio Blanco County, site of one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars, where the United States Calvary crossed the boundary of the Ute Reservation with what could only be interpreted as hostile intent. The Utes, as a last resort, resisted the invasion of the military and held the troops in this location for five days with minimal loss of life and as a result, the Utes lost 16.5 million acres of their Colorado lands and were banished to eastern Utah and a small reservation in South Western Colorado. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.

Community Thanksgiving dinner slated for Nov. 26

The Routt County United Way's Community Thanksgiving Dinner is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Each year, Routt County United Way said "thank you" by organizing and serving a full-course traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner for the entire community. Last year's event served 783 people.

To make this event a success, Routt County United Way is seeking donations of food and people who would like to volunteer. Visit routtcountyunitedway.org to sign up.

The event is open to the entire community. Call 970-879-5605 or email karen@routtcountyunitedway.org for more information.

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Steamboat chamber offers enterprise zone workshop

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is presenting an informational workshop on the Colorado Enterprise Zone program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the Commissioners' Hearing Room at the Historic Routt Courthouse in Steamboat Springs.

The event will feature a presentation by representatives of the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, which administers the Enterprise Zone program for the Northwest Colorado region, including Routt County. Beginning Jan. 1, Steamboat Springs will be included in the Northwest Zone.

"This is a great opportunity for area businesses to learn about the state income tax incentives available for eligible business activities within the Enterprise Zone," AGNC Executive Director Bonnie Petersen said in a news release. "There is also a contribution tax credit available for qualifying nonprofit projects."

The event is free, but space is limited, so attendees are asked to RSVP to Economic Development Director Jane Blackstone at jane@steamboatchamber.com.

The Colorado Enterprise Zone Program was created by the Colorado Legislature to promote a business-friendly environment by offering state income tax credits that incentivize businesses to locate and develop in designated enterprise zones, as determined by the State Economic Development Commission.

Taxpayers investing in Enterprise Zones can earn a credit on their Colorado income tax by planning and executing specific economic development activities. Information about the program is available at advancecolorado.com/ez or agnc.org.

Yampa Valley Gives to host fundraising event Dec. 8

Yampa Valley Gives is gearing up for another successful day of giving on Tuesday, Dec. 8, Colorado Gives Day. Last year the local effort raised over $400,000 for 40 local nonprofits in just 24 hours. This year 53 local nonprofits are participating, and all of them can be found at yampavalleygives.org. For those who don't want to wait until Dec. 8 to make their donations, they can go to the website anytime between now and then to pre-schedule your donation for that day. Statewide and local incentive funds increase the value of every dollar donated on that day.