Free suicide prevention training offered by REPS on Wednesday |

Free suicide prevention training offered by REPS on Wednesday

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will host a free “Question, Persuade, Refer” training from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 at Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Churh. Lunch will be served.

QPR is a course taught in a clear, concise format using the latest in educational technology and practices.

Key components covered in the training are as follows.

  • How to question, persuade and refer someone who may be suicidal.
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide.
  • Common causes of suicidal behavior.
  • Warning signs of suicide.
  • How to get help for someone in crisis.

For more information or to register, contact Mindy at or call 970-846-8182.

Rotary Club names Keelan Vargas Student of Month for April

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs honored Keelan Vargas as Student of the Month in April. Keelan is a senior at Steamboat Springs High School and was nominated by college and career counselor Danica Moss.

Academically, Keelan is a top student with a grade point average of 4.1, which includes six Advanced Placement courses. She has been accepted to University of Denver and plans on attending in the fall.

Keelan was unanimously elected the 2018 Sailors soccer team captain and is very active in the community. She is on the executive committee for Inter-Act, a member of the National Honor Society, a youth soccer coach and a volunteer at Soda Creek Elementary School.

“She is an outstanding student in all respects,” wrote Moss in Keelan’s nomination letter. “Considerate, amiable, independent, hardworking, competitive, creative, impartial and intuitive are the characteristics that best fit her.”

Outside of school, Keelan has worked at Mountain View Car Wash for two years as a cafe attendant, and then during this past summer, she worked as a buser at Rex’s American Bar & Grill.

When asked about her future, she replied, “My goal is to be able to adjust to things if they don’t go according to plan but keep the integrity to find a career that I am passionate about in the end.”

Winter Carnival raises nearly $16K for Winter Sports Club

Sotheby’s International Realty Winter Carnival commemorative poster program raised $15,699.75 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Since its inception in 2016, the program has raised over $45,000 for the local club.

Steamboat artist Michelle Ideus created the 2018 poster. The original artwork was sold at a live auction at the Stars at Night Gala in December, along with the first three limited edition, signed and numbered giclée prints of the art work. Twenty-five limited edition giclée prints were sold in total, along with poster prints that were sold in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Carnival events with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the Winter Sports Club.

The success of the program in 2018 is attributable to a collective effort of many within the community. George Fargo, local professional photographer, contributed the original images from which Ideus created the artwork. Steamboat Frameworks helped with the custom framing and an in-kind donation for the cost of framing the original art and limited edition giclee prints. Lyon Drug, Off the Beaten Path and the Center for Visual Arts offered to be points of sale for the posters.

“On behalf of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the Foundation board, staff, athletes and coaches, we extend our thanks to Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, who had the vision to establish this Winter Carnival artwork program for the benefit of the club several years ago and who again generously donated all of the proceeds from the sale of this year’s Winter Carnival artwork and posters,” said Winter Sports Club Executive Director Jim Boyne in a news release. “Local artist Michelle Ideus’s artwork beautifully captured the magic of the street events.”

Coffee with Council slated to celebrate 4th anniversary Friday

Coffee with Council will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, May 11 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., and marks the event’s fourth anniversary. The May session will focus on an open town hall format where any question or topic can be addressed.

No RSVP is necessary; community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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