Routt County United Way grant application deadline Friday |

Routt County United Way grant application deadline Friday

Routt County United Way is accepting grant applications for its annual allocations. Programs that support early childhood education, youth success for middle school-aged children, financial stability and self-sufficiency and health and crisis services are encouraged to apply. 

The grant deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 16. Anyone who received funding in 2017 must complete a grant report before their 2018 grant application will be accepted. Please visit for more information on application criteria and for the link to access the grant report and grant applications. For additional information, call 970-879-5605 or email

Coffee with a Cop slated for March 23 at local bookstore

The Steamboat Springs Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, March 23 at Off The Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St., with the bookstore providing complimentary coffee during the event. A Spanish to English translator is also expected to be available.

Coffee with a Cop is designed to allow open, two-way dialogue between the community and the Steamboat Springs Police Department and its officers. The program allows community members to ask questions and learn about the men and women who serve the community.

The event is free and open to the public.

First Crane Sighting of the Season contest returns to Routt County

The return migration of the Greater Sandhill Cranes to the Yampa Valley has begun. Cranes are leaving their wintering homes in New Mexico and Arizona and heading north, and the first arrivals of cranes in the Yampa Valley are expected sometime during the first or second week of March.

The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition, presenter of the annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival, which will be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, is once again sponsoring a First Crane Sighting of the Season contest. To enter, email a photo or video of the first Greater Sandhill Crane spotted to The date, time and location of the sighting should be included as well as name and other pertinent details.

A prize will be awarded to each individual with the photo of the earliest sighting in West, North and South Routt County areas, plus Steamboat Springs, Craig and West Moffat County. A special grand prize will be given for the overall earliest sighting in the entire Yampa Valley.

Winners and photos will be announced at the end of March on

Este Wilkinson named Teen of the Month for February

Este Wilkinson

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council has selected Este Wilkinson as Teen of the Month for February. The Steamboat Springs High School senior was chosen for demonstrating that teens are valuable community assets, acting as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst his/her peers and for being committed to community service.

Wilkinson is an active member of the volleyball and tennis teams and also participates in the annual Dance Showcase. She also is a strong student with a 4.0 grade point average and she’s an active member of the SSHS Link Crew and Student Council.

After graduation, Wilkinson plans to attend a small liberal arts school to study psychology and pre-law.

Wilkinson said her primary role model is her mom.

“My mom, a hard-working and motivated women, has taught me to depend on myself for emotional and physical support,” Wilkinson said.

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council works to increase positive leadership development, involve teens in the community at large and provide substance free and alternative activities for youth. The program is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Boys & Girls Club and is funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and Yampa Valley Community Foundation.


Free, confidential Medicare help available in Routt County

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Colorado has established a new local office to provide free, confidential counseling to anyone with questions about Medicare. For more information, contact Betsy Packer at 970-819-6401 or

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