Steamboat Briefs: Benefit, memorial service scheduled for Gregg Tipton |

Steamboat Briefs: Benefit, memorial service scheduled for Gregg Tipton

— A benefit has been scheduled to support the family of Gregg “Bomar” Tipton, a longtime Steamboat Springs resident, Steamboat Ski Patrol member and fly-fishing guide who died Jan. 25 of complications from a stroke.

The benefit, sponsored by the Cody St. John Foundation, is from 6 p.m. to midnight Sat­ur­day at Howelsen Hill. There will be live music — acoustic jazz from Bill Martin, bluegrass from the Old Town Pickers and Colorado rock from Twister­cane. Local restaurants donated food, the tubing hill will be accessible and there will be fire dancing and outdoor fire pits for making s’mores.

A number of items will be up for grabs during a silent auction, including a 2011-12 Steamboat season lift tickets; two days of lodging and ski passes at Park City, Utah; snowcat trips; guided hunting and fishing trips; skis and fly-fishing equipment; and jewelry.

The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for teens. Children 12 years old and younger are free.

A memorial service for Tipton will be 10 a.m. Sunday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill Lodge. Everyone is welcome to celebrate his life with family and friends.

Fundraising event for MS is set for Sunday at ski area

A fundraising event to combat multiple sclerosis, Vertical Express for Can Do MS, is Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area. Registration is $1,000 for a team of three and is from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday in the Round-up Room in Gondola Square. The event includes a super G race down Sitz/See Me and a poker run in the afternoon. Also included are a lift ticket for the day, breakfast and lunch on the mountain and dinner at the Ore House at Pine Grove. Teams are eligible to win prizes for their skiing and fundraising totals. Teams that raise $15,000 by March 14 earn a trip to Vail for the awards celebration.

The money raised support the programs of Can Do MS (formerly the Heuga Center for MS,, which helps people living with MS be more than their MS.

A kickoff event for the weekend, TGIF for MS, is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at Old Town Pub. A $10 donation gets an entry into a prize drawing.

Speakers sought for Sisters in Steamboat discussions

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is looking for speakers for the enrichment sessions at the third annual Sisters in Steamboat Weekend, Oct. 14 to 16. The theme of this years’ weekend is “Sleepless in Steamboat,” which was chosen based on a keynote presentation by the American Heart Association at last year’s event. Those interested in presenting a one-hour workshop that could be loosely related to the topic of sleep, relaxation, rejuvenation, health, nutrition and enjoyment of the world can contact Tracy at or call 970-846-1800 and ask for a request for proposal.

VNA offers a handbook in English, Spanish for health

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has free copies of Healthwise Handbooks available in English and Spanish. The Healthwise Handbook is a 354-page self-care guide with information on first aid, emergencies and more.The handbook is available at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, in Steamboat Springs or at 745 Russell St. in Craig.

Preschool screenings are planned for Routt in March

Routt County preschool screenings are March 14 and 15 in South Routt County, March 21 and 22 in Steamboat Springs and March 24 in Hayden. The service is for children ages 2 years, 9 months to 5 years old. Screeners will check children’s vision, hearing, motor, speech, language and concept skills. Call to make an appointment beginning March 1. South Routt parents can call Lori at 970-736-2313, Steamboat parents can call Julie or Suzanne at 970-879-0391, and Hayden parents can call Tami at 970-276-3756.

Old Town Hot Springs will host Triathlon Club training

The Old Town Hot Springs is hosting a new Triathlon Club in Steamboat, according to a news release. Training is May 2 through Aug. 28. The group is coached by triathlete Amy Charity. Athletes will have coached sessions as well as individual workout schedules, according to the release.

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