News in brief for Feb. 7 |

News in brief for Feb. 7

Winter Carnival snow sculpture winners

Winners of the annual Winter Carnival snow-sculpting competition were announced Friday. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Escape from Cabin Fever.” Downtown merchants sponsored the competition and judged the sculptures created by Steamboat Springs High School and Christian Heritage School students. The winners are:

1st place: Pineapple on the courthouse lawn, sponsored by Alpine Bank. Team captain, Rory Clow.

2nd place: Penguin in front of Ambiente, sponsored by Ambiente. Team captain, Hannah Gary.

3rd place: Rooster in front of the Homesteader, sponsored by Homesteader. Team Captain, Samantha Pal.

Free grant-writing

workshop offered Feb. 19

A free grant-writing workshop led by Dianna Sutton of Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Winnie DelliQuadri of the Nonprofit Excellence Project will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Steamboat Pilot & Today conference room. Attendees, who are encouraged to bring sample grants for discussion, will receive resource materials on local grant opportunities and tips for applying to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation for its upcoming grant cycle. Lunch will be provided. Register by calling 879-8632.

Blood drive is Feb. 19

at YVMC with appointment

A blood drive sponsored by the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at YVMC. Bonfils Blood Center will conduct the drive. Appointments are required; call Tosia Sauter at 870-1495 to schedule a donation time.

Parents’ night out today at Steamboat Christian Center

Steamboat Christian Center offers a parents’ night out from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the center on East U.S. Highway 40 across from the Fairfield Inn. Cost is $10 per child — ages 12 and younger only — and parents are asked to bring a sack dinner and snow clothes. Make reservations at 879-0063.

Volunteers sought for eighth-grade Career Day

Volunteers are needed to help with the eighth annual eighth-grade girls Career Day to be held April 13. Volunteer opportunities range from presenting workshops to handling administrative tasks. Call Karen Bomberg at 879-1476.

Girl Scout cookies on sale; proceeds help local Scouts

Residents can place orders by contacting any Girl Scout or by calling Shauna at 870-6073. Cookies will be delivered. between Feb. 14 and 29.

Humane Society needs help at Animal Shelter

The Routt County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to help at the Steamboat Springs Animal Shelter. The Animal Shelter also needs donations of Science Diet or Iams canned cat food. Call 879-RCHS.

Routt County residents get in free to Tread museum

Routt County residents receive free admission to the Tread of Pioneers Museum. The museum at Eighth and Oak streets is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Cash prize for best logo design for county fair

The Routt County Fair Board announced a contest to design a logo for the 90th annual Routt County Fair, which will be held in August. The winner will be awarded $250. Submissions must be submitted to the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office in the Routt County Courthouse Annex or to Fair Director Terry Doherty at the Routt County Fairgrounds office by Feb. 5.

Softball buffs who just can’t wait until June should head over to Klumker Field this weekend for the annual snowboot softball game.

Organizer Jim Fader said the softball games have been a part of the Winter Carnival celebration for the last 20 years. He said players or teams only need to show up at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Klumker. A good pair of boots is all that’s needed for the game, which is played with a soft, oversized ball on the snow-covered fields. Fader said the games might be expanded to another field if there are enough players.

Artist Mike Wight is displaying his photography at the Off the Beaten PathBookstore through the month of February. Off the Beaten Path is at 56 Seventh St., just off Lincoln Ave.

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be one of the most frightening experiences a person may have. One of the key components to battling cancer is knowledge. Taking charge of personal health and educating oneself about the diagnosis can give cancer patients back some of the control that the diagnosis has taken away.

“Taking Charge,” a monthly educational support group, will begin meeting monthly on Feb. 18 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. The program, sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association, will meet at noon on one Wednesday each month for lunch and educational topics related to a cancer diagnosis. The group is for men and women with any type of cancer diagnosis as well as their family and friends. The first meeting will feature pathologist Bill Cox speaking on the first step, understanding your diagnosis through the pathology report. Future topics will include the effects of chemotherapy on the brain, radiation therapy, family dynamics and nutrition. Call Katy Thiel at 879-1632.

Applications for designation to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties are available in the Routt County Board of Commissioners’ pffice in the Courthouse Annex and are due Feb. 20. If you have questions or want an e-mail application, call Dee Bolton at 879-0108, ext. 314.

A Pediatric Medic First Aid course for parents and others working with children is offered monthly through Colorado Mountain College. The course covers accident prevention, first aid and CPR certification. The cost is Cost is $20.50. Call Paul Yonekawa at 879-4530.

Volunteers are needed to help with street events during the 91st annual Winter Carnival to be held Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers are needed both days from about 8 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, call Leslie Dietz at 879-0882, ext. 203.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the Steamboat Artists Group will host an opening reception for “The View from Here,” an exhibit and sale of paintings by the Steamboat Artists Group from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Depot Art Center. A gallery talk by the artists is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Depot. Call 870-9008.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting nominations for its 2004 Locals special section.

Locals is a section dedicated to stories about area residents. If you know someone deserving of being profiled in this section, send a note explaining who the person is and why the person would make an interesting candidate. You can submit nominees to editor Scott Stanford via e-mail at You also can mail nominees to Locals, P.O. Box 774827, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Nominees also may be submitted at the front desk of the Pilot & Today at 1901 Curve Plaza. Refer questions to Stanford at 871-4221.

Locals publishes in the March 28 edition of Steamboat Pilot & Today.

The North Routt Charter School will host a school book fair sponsored by Epilogue Book Co. and Scholastic Books from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14.

Tickets are available for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra’s annual Valentine Soiree. Enjoy an evening of dancing to the live music of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra, Steamboat Jazz Quartet and Batson including Trio food, wine and old-fashioned romance. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Tickets are $45 with proceeds benefiting the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra. Call 879-9008 for reservations.

Volunteers needed for High School State Ski Championships

Steamboat Springs High School, with the assistance of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, will host the Colorado High School State Ski Championships on Feb. 20 and 21, just prior to the high school’s mid-winter break.

Friday’s competition is a giant slalom on Sitz/SeeMe followed by a freestyle 5-kilometer Nordic race at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Saturday’s races are at Howelsen Hill, with a slalom followed by a classic Nordic 5K.

Volunteers are needed to work as gatekeepers, hand timers, announcers, starters and more for the Alpine races. Only a few positions are needed for the Nordic race, and several helpers are needed for setting up the awards banquet Saturday afternoon. Volunteers for the Alpine races will be given a lift ticket for their workday and will be given a voucher for another ski day at Mount Werner.

Interested volunteers should call Ann Holmes at 871-1924.

Yampa Public Library has extended its hours and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Fridays and Sundays.

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