Steamboat briefs: Botanic Park, Yampatika, Horizons receive grants |

Steamboat briefs: Botanic Park, Yampatika, Horizons receive grants

Yampa River Botanic Park, Yampatika and Horizons Specialized Services received $13,500 in grants from Colorado Garden Show, according to a news release.

The grant money will support Yampa River Botanic Park’s Crevice Rock Garden on which construction will begin early in June.

“This rock garden is different in that rocks are planted vertically, which creates many microclimates suitable for desert and Alpine plants,” park supervisor Gayle Lehman said in the release.

Yampatika plans to use the money to support organic vegetable gardens at its Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch. Produce from the gardens will be used for a fundraising dinner in fall.

“This grant will allow us to extend our growing season by providing cover to the existing raised beds, adding a water harvesting feature and completing efforts to develop more outdoor classroom space,” Yampatika Executive Director Sonja Macys said in the release.

Horizons will use its grant money to support composting as part of its gardening program, which teaches adults with developmental disabilities how to plant and grow food.

“Our goals are to encourage participation in the full cycle of organic food production and to embrace it as a healthy, sustainable lifestyle,” Horizons’ Resource Development Coordinator Deirdre Pepin said in the release.

The money awarded locally was part of nearly $436,494 in grants given by Colorado Garden Show to horticulture-related projects at 51 organizations throughout Colorado, according to the release.

Stagecoach State Park Marina Boat Ramp opens

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Thursday that the Marina Boat Ramp at Stagecoach State Park has opened to boaters. The Morrison Cove Boat Ramp is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend, and the Stagecoach Marina store will be open May 24.

Before boaters are ready to hit the water, Parks and Wildlife officials said, they need to do an inspection of all safety equipment.

“We recommend you physically inspect your required safety equipment left in the boat the previous year,” Stagecoach State Park Manager Craig Preston said in the release.

Boaters also must have the boat inspected for aquatic nuisance species. Inspection stations will not staffed until mid-May, so boaters must obtain the required inspection from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the park’s office. Citations will be issued to boaters who launch without the required inspection, according to the release.

Nominations accepted for Doc Willett awards Aug. 23

Nominations are being accepted for the fifth annual Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards, which will be held Aug. 23 at Strings Music Pavilion. The awards highlight the current quality and scope of health care while paying tribute to the roots of hospital care in Routt County, according to a news release.

Nominations for the Health Care Community Advocate and Health Care Professional awards are due by 5 p.m. Friday. The criteria for the Health Care Community Advocate award are a resident of the Yampa Valley whose efforts have resulted in improving the health, available services or health care environment to benefit the community. The criteria for the Health Care Professional award are a health care professional who has spent a significant portion of his or her career in delivering direct patient care or services to individuals.

For more information, visit or call the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley at 970-871-0700.

North Routt charter school plans Flamingo Fundraiser

The Flamingo Fundraiser, which benefits the North Routt Community Charter School, runs through May. Participants can order flamingos to visit a friend’s yard in North Routt for a day with a “You’ve Been Flocked” sign. A small flock of 12 flamingos is $15, a medium flock of 24 flamingos is $30, a large flock of 36 flamingos is $45 and a giant flock of 48 flamingos is $60. An emailed photo of the flocked yard is $10, and anti-flocking insurance is $15. For more information, call Erin Reilley at 970-846-8087.

Routt County Riders to host hourlong road ride

Routt County Riders will host an hourlong road ride at 5:30 p.m. Monday before its monthly meeting. Those who would like to participate in the ride should meet at the parking lot at Eighth and Oak streets. The meeting will be from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. at Cantina Mexican Restaurant, 818 Lincoln Ave. Routt County Riders members and community members interested in biking are encouraged to participate in the ride and attend the meeting. Meetings typically are held the first Monday of each month. For more information, go to

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