Grand Futures seeks volunteers to help with Ride the Rockies |

Grand Futures seeks volunteers to help with Ride the Rockies

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is working with Ride the Rockies to provide volunteers for the Steamboat Springs stop June 11 and 12, and the nonprofit needs help to support the biking event. Grand Futures is using to help organize volunteers. Visit to learn more and choose volunteer times. For those who would rather sign up by phone or email, contact Grand Futures Executive Director Lindsey Simbeye at 970-819-7805 or

Cedar Turek performs at Heart of Steamboat church Wednesday, May 23

Cedar Turek will perform works by JS Bach and Henryk Weiniawski at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 at the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church on Eighth and Oak streets in Steamboat Springs. He will be accompanied by Christel Houston on piano. Admission is free.

Soroco High School senior named Student of the Month

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs honored Brooke Bracegirdle as Student of the Month in May. Brooke is a senior at Soroco High School and was nominated by David Luongo, assistant principal and activities director at Soroco.    

Bracegirdle’s nomination was in large part due to her devotion to the medical field. As a junior, Bracegirdle enrolled in a college-level certified nurse assistant class offered at Soroco through Colorado Northwestern Community College. This was her first academic exposure to the nursing field where Bracegirdle earned an A for the semester. The teacher, who is also the school nurse, said that Bracegirdle demonstrated proficiencies in nursing beyond her years.

This year, Bracegirdle participated in Soroco’s work-study program as an intern at the South Routt Medical Center, fulfilling the same responsibilities of a professional nurse’s assistant. Bracegirdle took online and virtual classes to meet the credit requirements for high school graduation because her school hours were different than her classmates, and she also has been working as a nurse’s assistant at Casey’s Pond.

“We are very proud of Brooke’s sense of community and the hard work she has put in to get where she is right now,” Luongo wrote in his nomination letter. “It is nice to see a young person so passionate about a career path.”

Vendor booths available at  June Ride the Rockies events

Businesses and nonprofit organizations are invited to purchase a booth at entertainment and expo events during the Ride the Rockies two-day stop in Steamboat Springs.

A free concert with local band Throwdown and activities including yoga on the lawn, yard games, beer and food vendors and a cycling demo with professional cyclist Amy Charity will be from 2 to 9 p.m. June 11 at Howelsen Hill.

An expo featuring a wide range of cycling and outdoor products will take place June 12 on Yampa Street. Booths are available for one or both events.

Fees start at $200 for commercial vendors and $100 for nonprofit organizations. A portion of proceeds benefit Northwest Colorado Health.

For more information and pricing options, contact Kyleigh Lawler at 970-871-7609 or

New matching challenge set to begin June 1 for trail fund

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund has announced a $3,000 matching challenge from the will run from June 1 to 28 — June’s full moon — to support maintenance of non-motorized trails in Routt and Moffat counties. The challenge is based on to a donation from the Three Moon Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Starting June 1, the Three Moon Fund will match donations until the goal of $3,000 is reached by June 30. As an all-or-nothing matching challenge, if the community does not match the $3,000 challenge, the trails fund will not receive the donation. In addition to one-time donations, the Three Moon Fund has agreed to match new monthly donations. 

Visit or call 970-879-8632 for more information.

Youth Mental Health First Aid to be offered

A free, two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall in Steamboat Springs. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a prevention program, and the course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults. The class is ideal for parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, family member and others who work closely with youth age 10 to 25. Light breakfast will be provided.

To sign up, visit

Cycling event early sign-up ends May 31

The Tour de Steamboat non-competitive cycling event on July 21 offers scenic routes of 26, 46, 66 and 116 miles. Registration fees increase June 1, and anyone who registers by May 31 will save $25 on full-price registration fees. In 2017, the ride sold out, so early registration is recommended.

The Tour de Steamboat welcomes riders of all ages and abilities. After the ride, participants enjoy a barbecue and beer garden with five local microbreweries at Little Toots Park. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat benefit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, REPS — Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide, Routt County Riders and Partners Mentoring Youth in Routt County.

The Tour de Steamboat benefit bike drawing is also part of the local fundraising event and includes a chance at three prizes for a $50 ticket, including a custom Eriksen road bike, DT Swiss wheelset and Momentum fat tire cruiser bike. Interested riders can register online and purchase drawing tickets at

Local student graduates from Doane University

Ellie J. Bender, of Steamboat Springs, graduated from Doane Uniersity in Crete, Nebraska on May 12. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Founded in 1872, Doane University is the oldest private, liberal arts school in higher education in Nebraska.

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