Steamboat briefs: County treasurer to update commissioners on Peabody |

Steamboat briefs: County treasurer to update commissioners on Peabody

Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn will host two Treasurer Talks and meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners to update the community on the status of Peabody’s delinquent personal property taxes.

The first event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 5, at the Historic Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., followed by another event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 6, at Yampa Town Hall, 56 Lincoln Ave., Yampa. The third and final talk will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W Jefferson Ave.

“This is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and discuss questions about taxes, treasurer deeds, bankruptcies and even foreclosures (public trustee),” Horn said in a news release. “Our office has always prided ourselves as transparent and available to the public.”

In April, Peabody Energy filed for bankruptcy, and in August, the company sent two checks totaling $1,798,507.38 in overdue property taxes, which was $91,000 short including interest and fees. Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn rejected the checks, because they fell short of the amount due.

On Aug. 24, Horn offered Peabody Energy a written payment plan that would allow Peabody to pay the delinquent personal property taxes that the company owed to the county.

Steamboat Chamber has new membership director

Anna (Scheffers) Bridger has joined the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association staff as membership director.

“We are pleased to welcome Anna to the Chamber team,” said Chamber CEO Jim Clark in a news release. “She brings a world of customer experience with her from YVMC that we feel will help us to provide a better connection with our membership. She has hit the ground running over this past month, and we look forward to seeing her flourish as our new membership director.”

In her role, Bridger will oversee all aspects of the membership department including sales, retention, benefits, member relations and events.

Bridger moved to Steamboat five years ago to work for Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. She holds a degree in business communications with a minor in international development from Calvin College in Michigan and most recently worked at Yampa Valley Medical Center as their patient health benefit coordinator.

In her free time, Bridger enjoys swimming, biking, fishing and playing tennis.

“The live-work-play balance that living in Steamboat has to offer, you just can’t find in the Midwest,” Bridger said. “I can step out my front door and hike up a mountain or ride my bike to a free concert. I am excited to join the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association to help this community flourish.” 

Free Narcan training to be held in Steamboat on Friday

Narcan training will be offered in Routt County on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Depending on the number of people who sign up for the training, there could be as many three trainings held throughout the day.

The sessions are open to anyone who wants to be trained on administering Narcan, a lifesaving opioid drug reversal intervention. In addition, the sessions, which are being conducted in cooperation with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and with the endorsement of the local Rx Task Force, offer a train-the-trainer component.

The training is free to attend, and registration is required. Visit to register.

United Way commences new fundraising campaign

Routt County United Way will host a 2016 Campaign Kickoff Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course. The event marks the beginning of the organization’s annual fundraising campaign in Routt County.

This year’s campaign fundraising goal is $525,000, and Routt County United Way hit the ground running with last week’s $20K Day, which raised $52,125, including a donation of more than $20,000 from Yampa Valley Bank and its employees.

All past and current board members and donors are invited to attend the celebration. RCUW requests attendees RSVP by Thursday to

LiftUp of Routt County needs supplies for food bank

LiftUp of Routt County is in need of personal items for its food bank. Toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, dish and laundry soap and razors are currently in short supply. Donations can be dropped off at the LiftUp offices, 2125 Curve Court.

Registration now open for library’s fall book clubs

Bud Werner Memorial Library is beginning its fall book club for children fifth grade and older with an adult partner. The Book to Movie Club, featuring “The Great Gilly Hopkins, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, and the Guys Read, featuring “Welcome to Wonderland” by Chris Grabenstein, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. The It’s a Girl Thing, featuring “The Secret Horses of Briar Hill” by Megan Shepherd, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and the Book to Movie Book Club, featuring “The Jungle Book,” will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

The first 10 kids to sign up for each program will receive free copies of the book to keep. The one-hour club meetings will be led by a member of the Youth Services staff and will include hands-on activities, lively book discussion and related media. 

Register online, at the Kids’ Desk or by calling 970-879-0240, ext. 313. Space is limited to 10 kid-adult pairs per meeting.

Visit for more information.

Yellow fever vaccine in short supply in many areas

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever risk area should contact the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least five weeks before departure. Call 970-871-7336 for more information. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

Parkinson’s exercise class offered twice weekly

Parkinson’s exercise classes are held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, Eighth and Oak streets. The class consists of exercises developed by neuroscientist Becky Farley ( and Gary Sobol, who has Parkinson’s and is the founder of GZ Sobol’s Parkinson’s Network ( to specifically address Parkinson’s symptoms, including dexterity, rigidity, balance, bradykinesia and voice softness.

Class participants warm up their muscles, focus on big, powerful movements and loud voices and work together as a group to encourage one another, share tips and revel in good humor.

Classes are free. For more information, call Jacqueline Teuscher at 303-829-2869 or Eva Gibbons at 970-846-9887, or email

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