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Steamboat briefs: Exams, rabies shots offered to low-income pet owners

The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association is partnering with 9News to hold 9PetCheck on Saturday and Sunday, offering low-income pet owners free wellness exams and rabies shots for their dogs and cats.

Mountain Peaks Veterinary Clinic, Mt. Werner Veterinary Hospital, Pet Kare Clinic and Steamboat Veterinary Hospital in Steamboat Springs all plan to participate in the event.

CVMA member veterinarians want all pet owners to understand the value of annual wellness examinations for their pet, as well as the importance of rabies vaccinations. With 70 veterinary clinics participating across the state, offering more than 1,600 free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations, those in financial need will be able to access veterinary care for their pet.

“9PetCheck is in its sixth year, and we are building on great success as we once again come together to provide preventive care exams and rabies vaccinations to pet owners in financial need,” said Dr. Erin Epperly, president of CVMA.

To make an appointment, call the 9PetCheck live phone bank at 1-844-642-0823 between 4 and 6 p.m. today. Appointments will be filled on a first-call, first-served basis.

These appointments are for wellness examinations and rabies vaccinations only. If a pet is sick or injured, the animal’s owner should contact a local veterinarian immediately.

Deadline for scholarship applications is Wednesday

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

Steamboat native set to begin Peace Corps service

Rachel Ivancie of Steamboat Springs has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Guyana April 20 to begin training as a community health specialist. Ivancie will live and work at the community level to make a difference by coordinating with health centers, local health non-government organizations and schools in rural, remote and coastal areas.

Ivancie is the daughter of Steve and Diana Ivancie and a graduate of University of Puget Sound where she earned a bachelor of science degree. She also attended University of Colorado Denver where she earned a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology.

During the first three months of her service, Ivancie will live with a host family in Guyana to learn the local language and integrate into the local culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills that will help her make a lasting difference, Ivancie will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Guyana where she will serve for two years.

As a community health specialist, Ivancie will promote preventative health practices focusing on maternal, infant and child health and life skills for healthy behaviors. She will also work in cooperation with the local community and partner organizations to conduct community assessments, assist local clinics or government-planning offices in identifying health education needs and develop health education and outreach programs.

Ivancie joins the nearly 240 Colorado residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 7,000 Colorado residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. Currently, there are 58 volunteers in Guyana working with their communities on projects in education and health.

Unattended vehicles idling is against Colorado law

As part of the anti-idling education campaign Spare the Air, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council would like to remind drivers that leaving an unattended vehicle idling is illegal under Colorado law. A state law approved in 2011 also limits idling of diesel engine vehicles of more than 14,000 pounds to 5 minutes per hour. 

Join the Spare the Air initiative to save money, engine wear and air emissions by limiting unnecessary idling to 30 seconds. According to the Consumer Energy Center, idling is not an effective way to warm up a car engine. On winter days, the best way to warm an engine is to drive after idling no more than 30 seconds.

Learn more at

Website intended to help military veterans find jobs

A website has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories:  aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for available jobs in their fields. Learn more at

Organization seeks board members to offer direction

Yampa Valley Data Partners, the premier data and collaboration organization in the region, is in search of board members to help the organization grow and to give direction for future products and services. Routt or Moffat county residents can go to for more information and letters of interest also can be submitted on the website. 

VNA: Second-, third-hand smoke causes serious harm

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that second-hand smoke and third-hand 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.

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