Steamboat briefs: Energy assistance program application deadline Sunday
LEAP, the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Low-income Energy Assistance Program, provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of winter home-heating costs.
LEAP provides cash assistance to help families and individuals pay winter home heating costs or help with broken furnaces or wood stoves. This year, the average benefit for people who qualify is $342 per household.
To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent. They also must be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members who are U.S. citizens.
LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home’s primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove, and weatherization upgrades that improve a home’s energy efficiency.
The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons.
Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue’s website at colorado.gov/pacific/tax/property-tax-rent-heat-credit-ptc-rebate-file for more information and the rebate application booklet.
Call 866-432-8435, or visit colorado.gov/cdhs/leap to view the most current program application requirements and download an application. Applications will be accepted through Sunday.
Colorado pork producers set annual meeting for June 2
The Colorado Pork Producers Association invites interested parties to attend its annual meeting June 2 at Island Grove Regional Park, Community Room C, in Greeley.
According to a news release, the meeting will feature industry speakers, including Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown; Dale Woerner, from Colorado State University Meat Sciences department; representatives from the National Pork Board and the U.S. Meat Export Federation; and others.
The association plans to introduce its new Youth Quality Assurance certification cost share program, scholarship opportunities and more exciting news. Lunch will be provided, and the event will also include door prizes and giveaways.
To RSVP for the meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-356-4964.
To cap off the day’s events, CPPC will host a 10-course pork sampling from chefs from across Colorado at the Taste of Elegance, slated for 6 p.m. at The Platte River Fort in Kersey.
There will also be music and Colorado beer and wine included in the price. This event is a fundraiser for the Colorado FFA Foundation and the Colorado Chefs Association. To RSVP visit coloradoffafoundation.org.
RSVPs are requested by April 29.
For more information on either, call the Colorado Pork Producers Council at 970-356-4964.
Variety of crisis support lines available at all times
A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours per day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support.
They include the following.
■ Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182
■ Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888
■ Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004
■ Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493- 8255,
In the event of an emergency, dial 911.
Travelers advised to protect against mosquito dangers
Northwest Colorado Health recommends individuals planning travel to some popular destinations take precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses.
Areas where travelers have a higher risk of mosquito-transmitted viruses include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South American and some parts of the U.S. including areas in Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Follow these steps to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
■ Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
■ Use insect repellents registered with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and contain active ingredients approved for safety and effectiveness such as DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus, or OLE. For more information, visit epa.gov/insect-repellents
■ Always follow directions on insect-repellent labels. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET. Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children two months and older. Adults should spray insect repellent onto hands and then apply to a child’s face.
■ Wear permethrin-treated clothing and gear (boots, pants, socks, tents). You can buy pre-treated items or treat them yourself (permethrin is not effective in Puerto Rico).
■ Stay and sleep in screened-in and air conditioned rooms whenever possible. Sleep under a mosquito net if rooms with air conditioning or screens is not available or if sleeping outdoors. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies two months and younger in carriers, strollers or cribs. Keep in mind that some mosquitoes are active during the day and at night.
■ Women who are pregnant may need to take special precautions and/or avoid travel to some areas with active Zika virus. For more information, go to cdc.gov/zika.
For more tips and information about high risk areas and various mosquito-transmitted viruses, visit cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes.
Study abroad language grant available to local students
The Dring Language Fellowship will provide up to $2,500 for a Routt County high school or college student to study a foreign language abroad. Previous fellowship winners have studied French, Spanish, Norwegian and other languages while they stayed for up to a year abroad.
The fellowship emphasizes individual immersion in a language. The program, sponsored by Jan and Bill Dring for the past seven years, is administered through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County high schools. Visit dringfellowshipyampavalley.weebly.com for further information and an application.
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