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Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Community Foundation hires Petersen

Susan Petersen has joined the Yampa Valley Community Foundation staff as the organization's new community impact manager. In this role, Petersen will administer the grant, scholarship and select-giving programs and work to develop relationships with donors and nonprofit organizations in the Yampa Valley.

Petersen has spent the past 23 years working for the city of Steamboat Springs as recreation manager.

"We are delighted to bring someone with Susan's experience and knowledge of the community onto our staff," YVCF Executive Director Mark Andersen said. "She will be a great match for our organization and our efforts to promote charitable giving in the Yampa Valley. Susan will have the opportunity to continue serving the community in helping to connect people who care with causes that matter."

Her background also includes serving on a number of local nonprofit boards such as Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, participating in the Leadership Steamboat program and volunteering for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Reserve tickets for Stars at Night event by Tuesday

The Stars at Night fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Steamboat Grand Ballroom. The fundraising event benefits the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. It is black-tie optional, and the event features dining, dancing and a live auction.

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Individual reservations are $175 and are available online at http://www.sswscfoundation.org/tickets or at 970-879-0695, ext. 115. Reservations must be made by Tuesday.

Ice fishing tourney to be held at Stagecoach park

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host the fourth annual Steamboat Great Outdoors Ice Fishing Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 4 at Stagecoach State Park.

Since its inception, the fishing tournament has continued to attract hundreds of competitors vying for big trout, cash prizes and looking for a great time outdoors.

"I can't think of a better way to enjoy winter than with some fishing and some good, old-fashioned competition," Park Manager Craig Preston said in a news release. "People have a great time and they catch some really big fish. Plus, it's for a great cause, and you can't beat that."

According to Preston, a portion of the proceeds will help fund the Oak Creek Fire Corps, a program that enables community members to offer their time and talents to their local fire and EMS department in a non-emergency capacity.

The tournament is limited to the first 200 adults and 50 youth anglers who sign up. Youths can participate for free and can win non-cash prizes. Adults can register at the park the morning of the event for $30, cash only.

Only trout species will apply. First through fifth place will receive a prize, based on the total length of two fish.

For the complete tournament rules and registration forms, visit http://www.steamboatgreatoutdoors.com or call 970-819-4525 for more information.

LEAP encourages saving energy by changing habits

Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program is encouraging all Colorado residents to make small changes in energy-usage habits so they can save on their home-heating costs.

LEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services that provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of winter home heating costs. The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and lowest incomes by family size.

Applicant income cannot exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to $2,982 per month for a family of four. This year's average LEAP benefit is expected to be $430 per household.

"Home heating is crucial for Colorado families, but there's no denying that it's expensive," LEAP Manager Aggie Berens said in a news release. "Every family can follow a few small steps to reduce their home heating costs without greatly impacting their day-to-day lives."

Some of these cost-saving tips include:

■ turning down the thermostat at night or when you're not home;

■ opening blinds and curtains to take advantage of Colorado's average 360 days of sunshine;

■ lowering the hot water heater's temperature to 120 degrees;

■ closing the fireplace damper when not in use;

■ checking the furnace filter monthly for cleanliness; and

■ ensuring that furnace ducts are unobstructed.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for Colorado's Crisis Intervention Program or Weatherization Program to help with heating-source repair and efficiency.

To find out if you qualify for LEAP, call toll-free at 1-866-432-8435 or visit http://www.colorado.gov/cdhs/leap to view the current program application requirements. Applications will be accepted until April 30.