News in brief for Jan. 1, 2004 |

News in brief for Jan. 1, 2004

Weekly women’s clinics offered at Catamount

The Nordic Link and Lake Catamount Touring Center are offering weekly women’s cross country ski clinics from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at Catamount. Classical and skate-skiing clinics are offered, and each session includes an hourlong lunch and lunch. The cost is $40. Call 871-6238, ext. 401 to make reservations.

Steamboat Realtors

collecting donations

Two Steamboat Springs Realtors, Molly Hibbard and Marci Valicenti, are collecting monetary and tangible donations to support soldiers from Routt County and their families. Monetary donations can be made payable to The Yampa Valley Community Foundation. Write “Support the Troops Fund” on the memo line. Donations can be mailed to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, P.O. Box 774965, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.

Tangible donations can be dropped off at Steamboat Real Estate, 635 Yampa Ave., or Prudential Steamboat Realty, 1875 Central Park Dr. Donations received before Dec. 3 will be received by the troops in time for Christmas.

Suggested donations include magazines, baby wipes, pre-paid phone cards, cookies or Gatorade mix. No alcohol or liquids.

Call Marci at 879-5000 or Molly at 879-8100.

Energy Assistance Program accepting applications

The Routt County Department of Human Services Low-income Energy Assistance Program will accept applications through April 30. LEAP helps low-income households meet winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. The maximum monthly income for a one-person household is $1,384; for four people it is $2,837. For more on LEAP eligibility requirements or other information, call 879-1540.

Registered nurse refresher course starts Jan. 9

It has never been easier for an inactive registered nurse to get back into the profession. Yampa Valley Medical Center (YVMC) is one of several sites in Colorado that will host an RN refresher course in 2004. The course will begin Jan. 9.

“This is an ideal class for inactive RNs who feel out of touch with today’s pace,” YVMC Nursing Educator Julie Alkema said. “A nurse who feels uncertain about today’s technology will get the necessary experience to be effective.”

The 220-hour course includes 100 interactive hours of theory taught at YVMC on Fridays, Jan. 9-April 16. Students also will complete 80 hours of clinical experience in YVMC’s medical-surgical department with approved instructors. Each student can then select a specialty area in which to finish 40 hours of elective experience.

“We’re pleased to host this class through the Western Colorado Area Health Education Center, because it allows RNs to stay in the community,” Alkema said. “The $1,600 program fee is much less than it would cost to quit a job and move to the metro area for a few months to take classes.”

Students must have a current RN license or temporary work permit from the Colorado Board of Nursing. To register, or to obtain more information, call YVMC Human Resources Coordinator Dawn LaPlaca at 870-1118.

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