Steamboat briefs: Board of Commissioners seeks local representative |

Steamboat briefs: Board of Commissioners seeks local representative

— The Board of County Commissioners has an opening for a representative on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Purchase of Development Rights Program. Candidates must reside in Commissioner District III. Letters of interest may be submitted to the Routt County Commissioners’ Office, PO Box 773598, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, no later than Jan. 15. Call the Routt County Commissioners’ office at 970-879-0108 for more information.

Howelsen Hill Nordic Center volunteers needed

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks and Community Services Department is looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers to educate Nordic trail users about appropriate use of the facility.

Volunteers work a number of one-hour shifts, and all hours count toward a 2015-16 Howelsen Hill Nordic Pass. Adults are required to work a total of 12 hours and seniors are required to work a total of eight hours to receive a free pass.

Nordic Ambassadors can either purchase a 2015-16 Howelsen Hill Nordic Pass in the beginning of the season and be reimbursed for the pass upon completion of the required shifts, or they can wait until completion to receive their pass.

Those interested in becoming a Nordic Ambassador or who would like more information about the program are invited to contact Emily Hines at 970-871-7031 or

Applications being accepted for CSU gardener trainings

The CSU Routt County Extension Office is accepting applications for the 2016 Colorado Master Gardener and Colorado Gardener Certificate training. Taught by CSU professionals, the program teaches all aspects of growing plants, trees and lawns in a mountain environment. Reduced cost is recognized by volunteering with the Routt County Master Gardener program. Training occurs Thursdays from Jan. 28 to April 7. Participation is limited to 12 people, with priority given to those who have completed an application by the close of business Jan. 4. Call 970-879-0825 or for more information or an application.

AARP Smart Driving class to be held Thursday, Jan. 14

An AARP Smart Driving class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The class is designed to help drivers 50 and older compensate for age-related changes.

Millions of people have taken this course throughout the years and it has been statistically shown to reduce the number of accidents and severity of injuries in those accidents suffered by those who took the class as compared with the same age group who did not.

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. State law requires insurance companies to give a discount to those having taken the class, which is good for 3 years.

The class, taught by Jane and Bud Romberg, is cosponsored by Routt County Council on Aging and Debbie Aragon Insurance Agency. Call 970-879-0064 for more information or to register.

Arts council invites artists to participate in Palettes

Palettes is a curated exhibition integrating visual art, food, music, poetry and performance that encourages community collaboration and appeals to all the senses. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council invites artists working in all mediums to participate in these exhibitions. Entries are due Jan. 8. Palettes Feast for the Senses will be held Feb. 19. Email for a submission form.

Stars at Night gala to benefit lcoal winter sports club

Stars at Night, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation’s annual fundraising gala, will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29 in the Steamboat Grand Ballroom. The event offers an evening of dining and dancing to the music of The Subdudes, as well as an auction benefiting the young athletes of the Winter Sports Club. Visit to purchase tickets.

Lake Catamount, women’s ski series begins Jan. 8

The women’s ski series begins at Lake Catamount on Jan. 8. All levels are welcome. Skiers will be split into groups based on ability and goals. The cost is $100 per three-week session or $40 for daily drop-in. The first session will be held Jan. 8, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 and the second session will take place Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

In addition, the Lake Catamount Touring Center will host an open house Jan. 9 with ski clinics, both skate and classic, offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon at a cost of $30 per person, which includes trail pass and a Nordic lunch at the Lake House Restaurant. Call 970-871-6667 to sign up for the ski series or the ski clinic.

LEAP applications underway for 2015-16 assistance

Colorado’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for its 2015-16 season through April 30. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.

LEAP is a 100-percent federally-funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services which provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months.

The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. This year, applicant income was raised from 150 percent to 165 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to $3,334 per month for a family of four. 

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent; and be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home’s primary heating source, such as a furnace or woodburning stove and weatherization upgrades that improve a home’s energy efficiency.

The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons. Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website at for more information and the rebate application booklet. 

To review LEAP qualifications, call 866-432-8435 toll-free, or visit to view the most current program application requirements and to download an application.

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