Steamboat briefs: Assistance with insurance enrollment available |

Steamboat briefs: Assistance with insurance enrollment available

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 coverage beginning Feb. 1; and Jan. 31, for coverage beginning March 1.

For 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 from Nov. 2 to Jan. 25 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information and resources, visit

Northwest Colorado Health offers drop-in flu clinics

Northwest Colorado Health will hold drop-in flu clinics from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 9 at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Flu and pneumonia shots are available for all ages, and costs vary. Those wishing to take advantage of the clinic should bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ or other insurance card. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632. For a schedule of all flu clinics, visit

Hayden School District in need of substitute teachers

The Hayden School District is in search of substitute teachers. Pay for substitutes with a current teaching certificate is $115 per day. Pay for substitutes with a current substitute-only certificate is $110 per day. Contact the district office at 970-276-3864 for more information.

Free breast exams offered for qualified women

Women who are age 40 to 64 and have limited or no health insurance may qualify for free breast exams and cervical cancer screenings. In addition to meeting age and income requirements, women must live in Colorado, be legal residents (or legally present) in the U.S. and have not had a mammogram or Pap test in the past 12 months. Women’s Wellness Connection is a program at Northwest Colorado Health. Visit or call 970-879-1632 for more information.

Steamboat Today to host Coffee and a Newspaper

Steamboat Today will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Publisher Suzanne Schlicht and Editor Lisa Schlichtman will lead the meeting and answer questions about the newspaper’s transition to new ownership. The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Steamboat Mountain School to host visit day

Steamboat Mountain School will hold its annual community visit day from 8:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 at the school’s campus, 42605 Routt County Road 36. The event will include an opportunity to meet current Steamboat Mountain School parents and participate in class visits. There will also be addresses by Pearson Alspach, director of admissions; Meg Morse, head of school; Doc Lasko, academic dean; Margi Missling-Root, director of outdoor and global studies; and Brian Smith, dean of students. Campus tours will be offered, and prospective students will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with members of the student body. To RSVP, email

Residents reminded of dog etiquette while in public

The city of Steamboat Springs is reminding residents of local rules regarding pets in public areas.

■ Dogs should be leashed in most public areas. Also, it is not OK to leave dogs tied up along the sidewalk. The city considers dogs left unattended to be “at large,” even if secured by a cord, leash, chain or other means.

■ Though most public places require dogs to be on leashes, there are two off-leash parks in Steamboat Springs: Rita Valentine Park and the lower pond along Spring Creek (where the gazebo is). Dogs are still required to wear a leash on the trail to and from the lower pond, at the upper pond and on all other parts of the trail located on city property.  As the trail moves into county-owned property, dogs can be off leash, providing there are no signs posted to the contrary, and the pet is within sight and under voice control. Owners should have a leash on hand and be prepared to put it on their pet should an officer request it — as in the case of dangerous wildlife in the area.

■ For the continued enjoyment of everyone on the trails, owners are asked to pick up dogs’ waste and dispose of it properly in a sanitary container. Most public trails and parks provide bags for animal waste disposal.

■ Ensure it is easy for a lost pet to be returned, and remember to keep pets’ shots up to date and license pets each year at the Routt County Humane Society Animal Shelter or at a Steamboat Springs veterinary clinic — dogs are required to wear their licenses on their collars.

To review the city’s official complete list of rules on pets and animals, visit  

Volunteers needed at Steamboat Art Museum

Steamboat Art Museum is looking for volunteers to assist in greeting visitors, assisting in special events or working in the museum’s store.

Shifts are 3 1/2 hours, one day per week Tuesdays through Saturdays during the summer and winter exhibits. 

Perks include getting to enjoy the fabulous art exhibits, meeting exhibiting artists at exhibit openings, free admission to all Saturday lectures during exhibit opening and meeting visitors from across the country and world.

Those interested in volunteering may call Dottie at 970-870-1755 or email

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