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Steamboat briefs: Doak Walker House on list of best nursing homes

The Doak Walker House at Casey’s Pond Senior Living has made the “Best Nursing Home in Colorado” list published by U.S. News & World Report. The Doak was one of seven nursing homes to receive the top rating among 24 facilities in Northwestern Colorado.

The accolade is the outcome of the skilled nursing neighborhood being awarded a five-star rating by the federal government on The grade is the highest possible rating a nursing community can receive. The Doak Walker House received five stars for health inspections and nurse staff and four stars for quality measures for an overall rating of five stars.

While this is the first time Casey’s Pond has received the five-star rating, it carries on the tradition set by the Doak Walker Care Center formerly at Yampa Valley Medical Center, which historically has received the five-star grade by

“I’m very proud of the work our associates are doing here at Casey’s Pond,” Chief Executive Director Dan Shields said. “We have a strong commitment to excellence in senior care, and I think the five-star rating really illustrates that.”

Free poverty framerwork training is Thursday at CMC

Routt County United Way, LIFT-UP of Routt County and the Routt County Department of Human Services are hosting a free Community Poverty Framework Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. The event is open to anyone in the community. The morning session will be conducted by Dr. Regina Lewis, a national presenter from Colorado Springs. The afternoon will be an experience of poverty simulation. To register, call the United Way office at 970-879-5605. The deadline to sign up for the training is today. A light breakfast and lunch and training materials are included.

Spots remain in Middle School Teen Programs

There are still some spots left in the city of Steamboat Springs’ Middle School Teen Programs. The following $100 programs are being offered in March:

■ Girls Reaching Out Wider: Learn about health, outdoor activities, leadership development, and arts and crafts. Weekly activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. For girls in sixth through eighth grades. Session 1 will be held from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays for seven weeks starting March 11.

■ Baby-sitting training/CPR first aid certification: Learn the business of baby-sitting, child development and correct techniques for playing with all ages of children as well as holding, changing and feeding infants and toddlers. This class also will include child and infant CPR and first aid. It will be held from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks starting March 10.

■ Archery: Learn competition shooting using Genesis compound bows. The program will be offered from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays starting March 13.

Registration is available online at or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office at 245 Howelsen Parkway.

Some scholarships are available. For more information, contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or

6-week workshop about breaking habits starts today

Marchele McCarthy is offering a six-week workshop called “Finding Freedom from Old Habits and Negative Emotions,” starting today and continuing Wednesdays through April 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The workshop will focus on meditation, relaxation and other mindfulness techniques to work with difficult emotions and habitual patterns.

The cost is $150. Call 970-846-8504 or email to register or for more information. 

Winter Olympics is topic of Coffee and a Newspaper

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the topic of the next Coffee and a Newspaper, held at the Steamboat Pilot & Today office at 1901 Curve Plaza.

The date has been changed for the next event from today to March 12.

Reporters Luke Graham and Joel Reichenberger will discuss their experiences covering the games, and members of the newspaper’s management team — including Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Assistant Editor Laura Mazade — will be on hand to also answer questions and chat about local issues.

Coffee and pastries will be provided, and the event starts at 7:30 a.m.

You also are welcome to tour our facility.

Alyssa McMahon recognized as 2013 First-Year Scholar

Alyssa McMahon, of Steamboat Springs, has been recognized as a First-Year Scholar for the fall 2013 semester at the University of Northern Colorado. To earn this honor, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher for their first semester at UNC.  

Preschool screenings are Tuesday and March 11

South Routt Early Learning Center will hold preschool screenings on Tuesday and March 11 at the center. The developmental screenings will be for fine and gross motor, cognitive skills, speech and language, social skills, vision and hearing. Children living in South Routt who will be 3 years old by Sept. 30 are encouraged to participate. Preschool registration for the 2014-15 school year will be conducted at the screenings. To make an appointment, call 970-638-1065.

Library has thousands of new media options available

The Bud Werner Memorial Library now has thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks available through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital at Titles from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers can be instantly streamed or temporary downloaded to smartphones and tablets. Hoopla Digital is offered at no cost to patrons through a browser or a mobile device and requires only a Bud Werner Memorial Library card to borrow titles. To get registered or for more information, visit the library’s website at

Tree Seedling Program is in full swing through April

The Routt County Conservation District is celebrating its 20th year of partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service in providing tree seedlings for conservation to the Routt County community.

The annual Tree Seedling Program is in full swing. Trees are available now through April 30 with a delivery date of May 13.

For the first year, there is no minimum acreage requirement to purchase trees. A large number of species are available in a variety of sizes-trees are offered. Purchase trees for soil health, windbreaks, reforestation, wildlife habitat and for their intrinsic value. To find the 2014 order form and for further information, visit Call 970-879-3225, ext. 107, or email

Integrated Community is recipient of $15K grant

Integrated Community, with locations in Routt and Moffat counties, received a $15,000 medical interpretation grant from the Caring for Colorado Foundation, according to a news release.

The grant is intended to provide professional interpreters for immigrants to assist in accessing health and mental health care.

Caring for Colorado Foundation awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to 63 nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the release states.

According to the release, Caring for Colorado Foundation was created by the sale of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado to Anthem Inc. in 1999 and is dedicated to improving the health and health care of the people of Colorado by building local health care capacity, strengthening health care systems, linking people to care and promoting prevention.

Learn more about the foundation at

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