Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper hits the road with new location
Steamboat Today’s Coffee and a Newspaper will be held on a new day, at a new time and at a new location. This month, newspaper editor Lisa Schlichtman will host a brown bag lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at the Yampa River Botanic Park. Community members are invited to bring a lunch and blanket or chair to sit on, and the newspaper will provide the cold drinks.
Learn the history of the park and more about its vision for the future. There will also be a time for Q&A, and park board members will offer a walking tour of the grounds. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, contact Schlichtman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-871-4221.
Volunteers sought for upcoming Zero Waste events
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Zero Hero volunteers are key to making more than 50 large community events waste-free, such as Free Summer Concerts and the Steamboat Farmers Market.
Volunteers set up, staff and break down the Zero Waste stations, with each volunteer typically donating about three hours of time. Diverting items from the landfill requires a crew of as many as 20 people for some events.
YVSC is offering a training for Zero Waste volunteers from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the YVSC office, 141 Ninth St. Attendees will learn about why recycling is challenging in rural Northwest Colorado, what the difference is between industrial and residential composting, what is compostable, what is recyclable, why Zero Waste is good for the environment and much more.
All ages are welcome. Email email@example.com or call 970-871-9299 for more information. Visit yvsc.org/volunteer to view Zero Waste volunteer opportunities.
Coffee with Council slated for Friday with Scott Ford
Coffee with Council will continue with Councilman Scott Ford from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, June 10 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Topics for discussion will include the possible marijuana and lift ticket taxes and funding options for the projects on the city’s capital improvement parked projects list.
No RSVP is necessary; community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Alpine Bank pledges support for energy rebate program
Local energy efficiency rebate program Cen$ible Energy has partnered with Alpine Bank in Steamboat Springs to help the residential and small business energy retrofit efforts continue through 2019.
The bank’s Environmental Loyalty Debit Card program will contribute as much as $35,000 to Cen$ible Energy through four years to help meet the strong energy efficiency rebate demands by members of Yampa Valley Electric Association.
When a customer uses that card, Alpine Bank donates 10 cents per transaction into our environmental loyalty fund. Through the debit card program, Alpine Bank Steamboat has donated almost $34,000 to environmental nonprofit organizations in Routt County such Yampatika, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Community Agricultural Alliance.
Cen$ible Energy provides rebates to YVEA members for LED lights, EnergyStar appliances, programmable thermostats, half the cost of residential energy audits and air sealing after an audit. After the program kicked off in April 2015, YVEA customers received 284 rebates totaling $22,000 last year. Already in 2016, customers have received 257 rebates for $20,800.
In addition to assisting with lower utility bills, the program serves as economic stimulus to area vendors providing energy efficiency products and services. In 2015, more than $71,000 was spent at local vendors. Already in 2016, $68,200 has been spent with local vendors.
Yampa Valley Sustainability Council administers the Cen$ible Energy program through processing of rebates, education and outreach. The YVSC Energy Program receives generous support from the Jeff & Alissa Merage Foundation of Steamboat. Some financial support for Cen$ible Energy comes from Routt County.
Lindsey Yost earns degree from UNC in spring 2016
Lindsey Yost, of Steamboat Springs, was among 1,306 undergraduate and graduate students who received degrees from the University of Northern Colorado during spring 2016 commencement ceremonies. Yost earned a master of science degree in sport and exercise science.
Steamboat resident named to Gonzaga honor roll
Kelly Borgerding, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the Gonzaga University President’s List for spring semester 2016. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 GPA to be listed. Gonzaga University is a private Catholic University in Spokane, Washington.
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