Steamboat Briefs: Cemetery board reminds residents of memorial rules

The Steamboat Springs Cemetery District Board reminds residents all decorations on graves in the cemetery that are not attached to headstones must be removed by June 10 so normal cemetery maintenance can continue.

Wreaths and artificial flowers not picked up will be stored at the cemetery maintenance shed and may be claimed before June 19.

Wreaths, artificial flowers and other memorials can remain during the summer as long as they are attached to a headstone and do not interfere with cemetery maintenance. Any memorial that becomes unsightly or is disrepair will be removed by cemetery personnel.

In addition, cemetery policy does not allow for planted flowers or other ornaments around headstones that interfere with the maintenance operation.

For information or questions, call Jo Semotan at 970-879-1277, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Dan Bonner at 970-879-1787.

Community blood drive is scheduled for June 4

A community blood drive has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 4 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

As summer approaches and people head off on vacation, donations tend to drop off, but the need for blood remains constant.

Walk-ins are welcome from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. as space permits, but potential donors are asked to schedule an appointment by calling Bonfils Appointment Center at 1-800-365-0006, Option 2 or by visiting, site code 0234.

Donors are reminded to consume a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood. Please allow 1 hour for the entire process. Every unit of blood donated can help to save or enhance the lives of up to three people.

Fundraiser is planned to benefit local ski coach

A fundraiser benefit party will be held June 20 for city employee and local ski coach Chris Arnis, who was injured in a March 15 fall at Steamboat Ski Area and is currently recovering from a neck fracture at the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit in Denver’s Craig Hospital. The event, which will include a silent auction, will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at Olympian Hall.

All funds raised from the silent auction will benefit Arnis’ continued treatment and recovery.

For more information on how to contribute, call Kari Nelson at 970-879-7869 or Paige Boucher at 970-291-4155, or email or

Former resident graduates college with honors

Camille Sachs, Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2011, graduated magna cum laude in May from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in international political economy. She graduated with academic achievement departmental honors and minors in Spanish and environmental policy and decision making. She is currently in Borneo doing research on sustainable land practices.

2015 Colorado Gives Day campaign has begun

On Colorado Gives Day, which was held Dec. 9, 2014, Yampa Valley Gives, the newly formed regional champion of, raised more than $400,000 for 40 nonprofits in Routt and Moffat counties. To build on its success, Yampa Valley Gives has started its 2015 Colorado Gives Day campaign. The day of giving this year is slated for Dec. 8. Anyone who would like to sponsor, volunteer or be involved in the cause should email Donors can give online or learn more about local nonprofits year-round at

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