Steamboat briefs: 2016 Celebration of Light slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 7 |

Steamboat briefs: 2016 Celebration of Light slated for 8 p.m. Dec. 7

Community members are invited to celebrate the holidays while honoring the memories of loved ones during the Celebration of Light, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. Individuals of all ages are welcome to release a sky lantern, decorate ornaments and enjoy light re-freshments, cookies and hot chocolate. Everyone will release their sky lanterns together at 7 p.m. There will also be a special activity for children. Call Dr. Jo-Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 for more information.

Yampa Valley Gives day promotes nonprofit giving

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, Dec. 6. The annual statewide movement, which celebrates and increases philanthropy through online giving, has brought more than $900,000 to more than 50 local nonprofits in the past two years.

In partnership with Yampa Valley Community Foundation and as a Colorado-Gives Regional Champion, Yampa Valley Gives serves as the platform for donors to learn about and donate to participating nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties. This year, YVG is covering credit card processing fees on Colorado Gives Day, so 100 percent of every donation will go directly to local nonprofits.

Yampa Valley Gives is encouraging people to #GiveTogether on Dec. 6 at Sponsorship opportunities are still available to support YVG and make a difference in our community. Email for more information.

Sign up to ring bells during ’16 holiday season

Routt County United Way is seeking bell ringers to help raise money for local health and human service programs. The bell ringing will begin today and run through Christmas Eve, and it’s a great way for civic groups or businesses to perform community service.

Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following days to ring bells outside City Market and Safeway: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 14, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

All of the donations raised through bell ringing stay in Routt County. To sign up to ring bells, visit or email or call 970-879-5605 for more information.

Registration open for Steamboat Nordic Camp

Steamboat Nordic Camp organizers announced the annual cross country ski camp will be held Dec. 10 and 11. The camp is hosted by Lake Catamount Tour-ing Center, Ski Haus and Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

In its 14th year of operation, the camp caters to cross country ski enthusiast of all levels including new skiers learning technique to seasoned skiers looking to get a jump on training for the season.

The camp includes top-level coaches, excellent student-to-coach ratio, video analysis, new equipment available to demo, a wax clinic by SWIX and Toko, lunches, happy hour and prize drawings.

Visit for more information or to register.

Insurance enrollment help offered to community

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31. There are new plans and prices every year, and financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

Free, in-person assistance is available to help people find the right plan. If already enrolled, a person still needs to renew their plan to retain coverage. Plans need to be renewed by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1; Jan. 15 for cover-age beginning Feb. 1; and Jan. 31, for coverage beginning March 1.

For assistance free assistance, call a health coverage guide at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322. Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit

December features Food for Fines program

During the month of December, kids can “pay-off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s an-nual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $2 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to the local LiftUp of Routt County food bank. This program is for kids and student, 17 and younger, for accounts listed under the child’s name during December only. The program cannot be used for replacement fees. Visit

Girl Scouts in Steamboat in need of volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

Supplies of yellow fever vaccine in short supply

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some interna-tional destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks before departure. Call 970-871-7336 for more information. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

US Forest Service maps available on mobile devices

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smart-phone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Local groups reach out to area returning soldiers

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Natalie Breitung at 970-879-5489.

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