Steamboat briefs: Astronaut Swanson to speak at commencement |

Steamboat briefs: Astronaut Swanson to speak at commencement

Astronaut Swanson to speak at commencement

Hometown astronaut Steve Swanson will be at the Steamboat Grand on May 2 to help launch the post-collegiate careers of Colorado Mountain College students.

Swanson, who recently returned from a six-month mission to the International Space Station, will be the keynote speaker at the Alpine Campus’ commencement in Steamboat Springs.

He will address about 100 graduates at the ceremony, including about 30 graduates receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Swanson graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1979. He has lived in space for 195 days, 15 hours and 41 minutes.

Prior to his most recent mission, he went on two space shuttle missions in 2007 and 2009.

Company to support local winter events with tent sale

Pakems, the lightweight, packable boot, is in Steamboat to support the Junior Championship Alpine and Jump/Nordic Combined events this week.

“I started Pakems with the idea that everyone who embraces the outdoors should play hard, and relax happy – whether it’s after skiing, hiking or biking,” company founder Julie Adams said. “Pakems make your feet smile.”

Pakems is having a public tent sale at Howelsen Hill from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. In addition to tent sale discounts, Pakems will be making a donation to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club for every pair of boots sold.

Annual Family Development Center event is tonight

The Family Development Center’s annual Casino Night fundraiser will be from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Steamboat Grand ballroom This annual fundraiser provides an evening of fun Vegas-style games including black jack, roulette, craps and Texas hold ‘em in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere.

The winners in these games are the many families affected by the community programs provided by the Family Development Center, including Newborn Network, Discovery Learning Center and the Child Care Network. The event also features a silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m.

Casino Night is open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, which includes $300 worth of chips to gamble with during the evening. Tickets will be available at All That, The Space Station, Christy Sports in Central Park Plaza and through Discovery Learning Center parents.

Fourth annual fishing derby planned for March 18

Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse will sponsor its fourth annual fishing derby on Steamboat Lake on March 18. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Roadhouse, and the derby will end at 3 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow. Entry fee is $30 per person 18 and older. Participants 17 and younger are free.

Local resident recognized for academic excellence

Alyssa McMahon of Steamboat Springs earned the Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence in the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado for the 2014 fall semester. To qualify for the citation, business majors must attain a grade point average of 3.50 or greater while taking at least 12 credits for the semester.

Library to host screening of film ‘Invitation to Dance’

Bud Werner Memorial Library, Perry-Mansfield and Steamboat Dance Theatre will present a Dance on Film screening of “Invitation to Dance” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. The documentary film by Christian von Tippelskirch and Simi Linton features a wheelchair-riding social activist who takes the audience out dancing with the avant-garde of disabled artists and radical thinkers who are unstoppable in their quest for “equality, justice and a place on the dance floor.” In 1971, Linton was injured while hitchhiking to Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. Suddenly a young disabled college student, she confronted insidious forms of discrimination she couldn’t have imagined. Over time, she joined forces with a vibrant disability community and realized that political engagement, love and dance could once again be central to her life. The film offers an eye-opening insider’s account of disability in 21st century America. Visit for more information.

College essay help offered by Colorado Student Care

BookTrails, in collaboration with Colorado Student Care, offers help to local college applicants with their college essay process. As a reminder, many early decision deadlines are quickly approaching, and applicants should give themselves ample time for the essay-editing process. Visit www.mybook for more information about essay help, and call Colorado Student Care at 970-870-1733 for general information and help on the college application process. 

Low-interest farm storage facility loans available

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 under which CCC borrows from the Treasury Department.

For more information, visit the local FSA office or visit

Residents may qualify for health insurance coverage

Have you had any of the following life-change events in the last month? If so, you may qualify for health insurance coverage through Connect for Health Colorado outside of the open enrollment period:

■ Marriage, birth, adoption and placement for foster care.

■ Your insurance plan or Medicaid coverage was canceled or ended.

■ You changed jobs and lost your employer-sponsored insurance.

■ You gained citizenship or immigration status.

■ You experienced a change in incarceration status.

■ You moved to Colorado.

For more information or to meet with a health coverage guide, call 970-871-7664 in Moffat County or 970-871-7638 in Routt County.

Hayden food bank plans to distribute items as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Donations made to Sharing the Warmth will assist needy

Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to participate in the utility’s Sharing the Warmth program, which is designed to supplement payments made by elderly, disabled or low-income customers who would otherwise be unable to pay the full cost of heating their home. 

“It’s as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill,” Atmos Energy Director of Energy Assistance Dan Alderson said. “That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter.”

To donate, check the voluntary donation box on the back of your gas bill or call 1-888-286-6700 to make your donation via the phone. Visit for more details.

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