Howelsen Hill Ski Area to open 102nd winter season Saturday |

Howelsen Hill Ski Area to open 102nd winter season Saturday

Historic Howelsen Hill Ski Area will open for its 102nd winter season Saturday, on early season conditions with one lift and a limited expert only trail. For ski area operating hours, current conditions as well as season pass and ticket rates, visit or call 970-879-8499.

Project helps cover long-acting family planning options

Choose When is a community-funded project that is helping women in the area get IUDs and hormonal implants at low or no cost. IUDs and implants are long-acting, reversible and safe. Call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632 or Planned Parenthood at 970-879-2212 for more information.

Routt County children invited to write letters to Santa Claus

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Main Street Steamboat are partnering to again collect Dear Santa letters from children during the holiday season. Kids are invited to drop off their letters to Santa at the Santa Hut, located on the front lawn of Bank of the West on Lincoln Avenue, or at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Letters can also be emailed to Editor Lisa Schlichtman at Letters must be dropped off or emailed by Monday, Dec. 18 for publication in the Sunday, Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center seeks volunteers

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is seeking caring people to join its volunteer team. Openings are available in the following programs: day surgery support, front desk at the Outpatient Pavilion and the music program.  Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or who would like more information should contact Volunteer Services at 970-870-1146 or email at

Help available for 2018 insurance open enrollment period

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 12, 2018. Colorado is among several states that have extended open enrollment past the federal deadline of Dec. 15.

Financial help is still available to lower monthly premiums in 2018, and free in-person assistance is available. Those who are already enrolled may need to renew your plan to retain coverage. There are tax penalties for not having health insurance in 2018.

Individuals must enroll or renew their plans by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Jan. 12 is the last day to enroll for 2018 coverage.

For free assistance, contact Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or UC Health at Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322.

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