Steamboat briefs: Coffee With Council meeting slated for 7:30 a.m. Friday |

Steamboat briefs: Coffee With Council meeting slated for 7:30 a.m. Friday

The next Coffee with Council with Councilman Scott Ford and other council members is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 10 in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The March discussion will focus on the condition of city streets and City Council funding priorities.

No RSVP is necessary, and community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Steamboat senior named January Teen of the Month

Members of the Steamboat Springs Teen Council have selected Grant Janka as Teen of the Month for January. The Steamboat Springs High School senior was chosen for this honor because he is an outstanding teen in the community and demonstrates that teens are valuable community assets, acts as a leader and/or a positive role model amongst his peers and is committed to community service, all values of the Teen Council.

Janka is a very active member of the high school and the community. He is the newly elected class president and has been an officer on the Student Council and the National Honor Society. For the past two years, Janka also has been an officer in the Rocketry Club and a strong member in the Model United Nations.

Janka is a strong student and also an avid athlete as a member of the swim, lacrosse, hockey and track and field teams. He also works as a lifeguard at the Old Town Hot Springs.

One of the accomplishments Janka is most proud of is earning a nomination to the United States Naval Academy. His dream is to serve in the U.S. Navy and attend the U.S. Naval Academy. Once in college, he hopes to study engineering and eventually travel around the world.

As a child, Janka said he struggled with reading, writing and speech. His mom and teachers played a large part in helping him overcome these challenges.

“Today, I am able to compensate for, and overcome this issue, almost as if it was never there,” Janka said.

When asked why he thinks it’s important for teens to be valued in the community, he said “because we are the future of our nation and the world.”

The Steamboat Springs Teen Council is sponsored by the city of Steamboat Springs and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and funded through a grant from Routt County United Way and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation.

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Author Rebecca Rotert hosts library’s book club Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with author Rebecca Rotert talking about her debut novel, “Last Night at the Blue Angel,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Library Hall.

Set in the early 1960s Chicago, the book is an unforgettable tale about what happens when our passion for the life we want is at sharp odds with the life we have. The story unveils a city of uneasy tensions with segregation, sexual experimentation, free love, the Cold War and one of the country’s most vibrant jazz scenes.

The library’s book club is hosting a special discussion of the novel with the author in attendance at 5:30 p.m., before Rotert’s community talk in Library Hall. Books will be available for sale and signing at this free Library Author Series event, courtesy of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore.

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Steamboat Toastmasters Club achieves charter status

The Steamboat Toastmasters Club, which now includes 28 members, has achieved charter status with Toastmasters International, which requires 20 founding members to charter.

The local club meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors office, 625 Lincoln Ave., Suite 202. Meetings consist of scheduled speeches and Table Topics, which teaches people how to think on their feet for one to two minutes.

“Whenever in front of an audience, I would tense up, and anxiety would rise and make me forget what I was going to say,” said Colorado Group Realtor Kasha Banas in a news release. “Unfortunately, the best way to get over the fear of speaking in public is to go out and do it. I joined Toastmasters because it is the perfect environment to practice, and everyone else is there because they want to get better too. Since joining, I’ve made great strides in getting over my fear of public speaking, learned how to be more effective as a speaker and met some amazing people.”

In addition, Steamboat Toastmasters hosts “Steamboat Toastmasters On The Road,” which involves five to 10 Toastmasters traveling to area businesses and presenting a shortened version of standard meetings. Local businesses that would like to book a visit should call Paul Weese at 970-367-7721. Visit the Steamboat Toastmasters’ Facebook at or visit for more information.

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers set to host monthly meeting Wednesday

Pat Dorsey will present a program, “Fly Fishing Colorado’s Best Tailwaters,” during the next meeting of the Yampa Valley Fly Fishers, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rex’s American Grill. 

Dorsey is a Denver-based fly fishing guide who has been pursuing selective Rocky Mountain trout for more than 35 years. His vast knowledge and expertise makes him a true authority in the fly fishing industry. Colorado is known for its deep, bottom-release tailwaters that support a rich and diversified aquatic life, and Dorsey will address the tactics and techniques to successfully fish these year-round waters.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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