Steamboat briefs: Entries for the Christmas stocking contest due Sunday |

Steamboat briefs: Entries for the Christmas stocking contest due Sunday

Sew Steamboat, 929 Lincoln Ave., is hosting a Christmas stocking contest. Entries are due today, and the winner will be announced at a Christmas stocking unveiling event Friday.

Youths can waive fines this month by donating food

During December, youths ages 17 and younger can pay off their book fines by participating in Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines Program. For every can or box of food brought to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $1 of overdue fines.

The following items will count toward $2 in waived fines: canned fruits, canned soups, jars of spices, pasta sauce and healthy cereals (no high-fructose corn syrup). All food will be donated to the LIFT-UP Food Bank. Visit for more information.

Emerald Mountain closure for season begins today

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding readers to observe the seasonal closure on Emerald Mountain that begins today.

Areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area, including the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw, will be closed through June 30 to protect elk during the winter and calving seasons, according to a news release. “We saw a number of violations of this closure last winter even though the area was clearly marked. Violating the closure will result in citations and a minimum $175 fine,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. “However, we do want to let people know that the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or go to

20 percent of book sale proceeds donated to group

Twenty percent of proceeds from the sale of the book “Hello, Wine” today through Dec. 14 at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore will be donated to the Steamboat Tennis Association as part of its annual fundraiser. Each copy purchased also enters the buyer into a drawing for wine gift baskets. Customers of Ski Town Wine & Spirits who mention the book also will be entered into the drawing, and a percentage of their purchases will benefit the Steamboat Tennis Association, as well.

Decadent Desserts is Friday at Haymaker Golf Course

The annual Decadent Desserts fundraiser is Friday at Haymaker Golf Course. The cost is $50 and includes a wine ticket, appetizers, dessert tasting and live music. Proceeds from the event benefit Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and will go toward fighting sexual and domestic abuse.

Dessert donations are needed for the event, and prizes will be given for the top desserts. Volunteers also are needed to help at the event. In addition, donations are needed for the live and silent auctions, or in-kind donations can be made to benefit Advocates.

For more information, call 970-879-2034 or email

Public tours of quilt exhibit at YVRA are on Dec. 10

Public tours of the quilt exhibit at Yampa Valley Regional Airport will be given at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Register by 3 p.m. Dec. 9 to Ann McMenamin at 970-276-5001.

Kiwanis club is looking for new members for service

Steamboat Springs’ Kiwanis club is looking for new members who would be interested in providing service to the community as well as attending weekly meetings Tuesdays at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Annual dues are $125. Kiwanis was chartered in 1948 and is Steamboat’s oldest service club. For more information, call Bud at 970-879-0064 or Johanna at 970-879-0211.

Young Professionals Network is looking for new members

The Young Professionals Network is looking for additional members. The group focuses on networking, professional development, volunteer opportunities and social events. An annual membership is $45. For more information or to join, go to or email Glen Traylor at

VNA offers support options for smoking cessation

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke (tobacco residue in carpet, clothes, cars, etc.) can cause serious health problems in children, nonsmoking adults and pets, including cancer, heart disease and asthma. There are multiple support options to help smokers protect themselves and their loved ones from potentially fatal illnesses:

■ The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

■ The SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word “quit” to 47848.

■ The VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no cost for the service. To speak with a counselor, call 970-871-7634.

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