Steamboat briefs: Deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday |

Steamboat briefs: Deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday

Yampa Valley Community Foundation has announced the opening of the 2015 scholarship program for Routt and Moffat high school students. Interested high school seniors visit to learn more about a number of available scholarships, which each have specific criteria. Online applications and essays are due no later than 8 p.m. today. Scholarship recipients will be announced at local awards nights and graduation ceremonies. Contact Susan Petersen at or 970-879-8632 with questions.

Library, Master Gardeners offer free gardening classes

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Routt County CSU Master Gardeners will present two nights of Gardening 101 at 6 p.m. today and April 15 in Library Hall. The free workshops are designed to help people plan and maximize their summer gardens. No registration is required. Today’s class will include an introduction to the Bud Werner Seed Library and information on soil, seed selection, seed planting and transplanting and weeding and mulching. The April 15 class will cover container gardening, raised beds and square foot gardening, companion planting, season extenders and microclimates, site selection and water use. Visit for more information.

Next ‘Coffee with Council’ meeting is Friday morning

City of Steamboat Springs Council member Scott Ford will host a “Coffee with Council” meeting from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Crawford Room of Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. These sessions will take place the second Friday of each month, and there is no set topic of discussion for this week’s meeting, so bring ideas, questions or concerns on any subject.

The goal of the monthly “Coffee with Council” is to provide an opportunity for community members to meet with City Council members in a relaxed atmosphere and discuss any issues of interest to them. No more than two council members will attend each meeting, and council member participation will be on a rotating basis.

Community members are welcome to drop by to discuss any issues of interest to them. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

House OKs bill to help rivers sponsored by Mitsch Bush

The Colorado House passed a bill Tuesday morning to extend the income tax checkoff benefiting the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund through 2020. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

The tax checkoff for the fund has been in place since 2003 and allows Colorado taxpayers to contribute a portion of their tax refund to the Healthy Rivers Fund, which provides grants to support watershed improvements like stream restoration, habitat protection or watershed reclamation after wildfires.

“This program has provided critical resources to protect and restore Colorado’s rivers and streams,” Rep. Mitsch Bush said. “I’m glad to see such strong bipartisan support to continue providing resources to local water conservation districts and nonprofits.”

After Tuesday morning’s 60-4 vote, HB15-1252 will be heard in the Senate.

Organization offers divorce support groups Tuesdays

The Northwest Colorado VNA is hosting a support group for adults coping with divorce. Meetings will focus on handling emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting.

The meetings will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. For more information, call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373.

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