Steamboat briefs: 2005 Steamboat graduate earns master’s degree |

Steamboat briefs: 2005 Steamboat graduate earns master’s degree

2005 Steamboat graduate earns master’s degree

Katie Conrath, a 2005 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, recently graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

She recently passed the National Boards and is now a certified physician assistant. She has accepted a position with a clinic in Colorado Springs specializing in gastrointestinal medicine.

Bear River Park track to close today through Sunday

The Bear River Park pump track will be closed this weekend beginning at 8 a.m. today through 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 for general maintenance. The dirt jumps will remain open throughout the weekend.

Local library plans to host fall science fiction series

Bud Werner Memorial Library Book Club plans to host a science fiction series this fall.

The first book celebrates the 50th anniversary of Frank Herbert’s “Dune,” a futuristic tale of noble houses grappling for control of a hostile planet called Dune, which contains the universe’s only repository of a highly valuable spice.

It has been called a masterwork of science fiction and a spiritual brother to “The Lord of the Rings.”

Pick up a copy at the front desk of the library, and sign up for the Nov. 11 discussion.

Sneak 5K, Fun Run set for 10 a.m. today at SSMS

The Steamboat Sneak 5K and Fun Run will be held at 10 a.m. today at Steamboat Springs Middle School. The cost to register is $10 for kids and $25 adults, and all pro-ceeds benefit Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools. To register, visit Email for more information.

IRS reminds taxpayers to file returns until Thursday

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who previously filed for an extension of time to file their tax return that they can electronically file (e-file) their returns until Thursday, Oct. 15.

About 10 million taxpayers nationwide file their tax returns after April 15. Last year, nearly 240,000 Coloradoans filed for an extension of time.

IRS e-file will be available through Thursday, Oct. 15 to serve these taxpayers.

Those who wish to e-file can do so through:

■ A tax professional — Ask your tax professional if they participate in the e-file program.

■ A home computer — A computer with a modem or Internet access and tax preparation software are all that is necessary. E-filing via home computer can be done 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

■ Free File — Taxpayers earning $60,000 or less may be eligible to receive free tax return preparation and electronic filing through a partnership between the IRS and Free File Alliance LLC, a group of private sector tax software companies. Visit the IRS website’s Free File page for more details.

The extension granted extra time for filing the tax return only, not for paying any taxes due. Taxpayers will owe interest on any past due tax and may be subject to a late payment penalty if payment was not made by the original due date of the return. This year, the original due date for most taxpayers was April 15.

For more information on e-file, visit

Farm storage facility loans available through USDA

The USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency has Farm Storage Facility Loans available to area farmers and ranchers.

The Farm Service Agency offers low-interest loans to grain producers to build new or upgrade existing storage facilities and permanent drying and handling equipment. Loan opportunities include, but are not limited to:

■ New conventional-type cribs or bins, oxygen-limiting and other upright silo-type structures and flat-type storage structures designed for whole grain storage.

■ Perforated floors, safety equipment, quality improvement equipment, electrical equipment and concrete components considered essential for a fully functional storage facility.

Farm storage facility loans must be approved prior to site preparation, equipment purchase or construction and must be secured by a promissory note and security agreement. The new maximum principal loan amount is $500,000. Participants are required to provide a down payment of 15 percent, with CCC providing a loan for the remaining 85 percent of the net cost of the eligible storage facility and permanent drying and handling equipment.

Additional security is required for poured-cement, open-bunker silos, renewable biomass facilities, cold storage facilities, hay barns and for all loans exceeding $50,000. New loan terms of seven, 10 or 12 years are available, depending on the amount of the loan. Interest rates for each term rate may be different and are based on the rate that CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, stop by the local FSA office or visit

Food boxes available for local low-income seniors

Commodities Supplemental Food Program boxes are designed to supplement the diets of low-income seniors 60 and older. The boxes, distributed monthly by LIFT-UP of Routt County to area seniors, contain a variety of nonperishable food items and cheese. If you or someone you know may benefit from this program, call the LIFT-UP Food Bank at 970-870-8804 for more information.

Anyone wanting information on veterans benefits or who needs assistance filing a claim for veterans benefits can contact Michael T. Condie, Routt County Veterans Service officer, at 970-870-5469 or His office is in the second floor of the Routt County Courthouse Annex, 136 Sixth St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Area students invited to join Winter Gardens orchestra

Winter Gardens Free Children’s Orchestra invites area fourth- through eighth-grade students to join the group. No previous experience is necessary.

Beginners meet from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and intermediate players meet from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. All meetings will be held in the Steamboat Springs Middle School Band Room.

For information or to register, call or text Holly Fielding at 970-291-1028 or visit

Steamboat Kiwanis Club seeking new members

Steamboat Springs’ Kiwanis Club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings on Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is Steamboat’s oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.

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