Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Nordic Center extends 2014-15 season |

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Nordic Center extends 2014-15 season

The Howelsen Nordic Center will continue grooming Nordic trails through March 22. All groomed Nordic Trails are approved for use by Nordic skiers, snowshoers and fat bikers only, and tickets or season passes are required. Tickets can be purchased inside the Howelsen Lodge at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club office, the vending machine in the fireplace room and at the concession stand that will be open limited hours. Visit or call 970-879-8499 for more information.

Seminars at Steamboat to host inaugural program

The first-ever winter program presented by the Seminars at Steamboat will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. March 28 at Colorado Mountain College’s Albright Auditorium and will feature Latin American specialist Diana Negroponte from the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Her presentation, “Challenges in Mexico and Central America: How Should the U.S. Respond,” will be followed from 2 to 4:30 p.m. by facilitated small-group workshops where participants will discuss related issues. Topics may cover drug wars and terrorism, democracy and human rights, immigration to the United States, poverty and international aid, and trade and economic development. Participants will be asked to sign up for specific workshops at the event. The afternoon will conclude with a general reporting session and a summary by Negroponte.

The event is free, but participants are asked to register in advance at http://www.seminar Click on the 2015 Event tab to access the registration form. People may also register by e-mailing seminarsat

Howelsen Hill Ski Area set to close for season Sunday

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area’s 2014-15 season will end Sunday. Area residents are encouraged to come out and ski before the season comes to a close. The ski area’s normal operating hours and rates are posted on the city of Steamboat Springs’ website at Call 970-879-8499 for more information.

Program providing books for children across state

One Book 4 Colorado provides a copy of the same book to 4-year-olds across the state each spring through public libraries and other reading-centered organizations. Funded through private donations, the program annually gives away more than 75,000 copies of the same new book in English and Spanish for a two-week period in April.

The program encourages families to read together every day, adds new books to home libraries, helps 4-year-olds develop the pre-reading skills they’ll need when they’re learning to read in kindergarten and makes reading fun for young children. Giving all the children the same book encourages young children to talk with each other about the book and share it with their friends and families.

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs will hand deliver a book to every 4-year-old enrolled in local preschools during the week of April 7. All other 4-year-olds may come to the library the following week, starting April 13, to pick up their copy of the 2015 selected title.

The title should not be revealed until April 7. For more information about the One Book 4 Colorado program, visit

Howelsen snow tubing to continue through April 4

Tubing Steamboat will continue to provide snow tubing at Howelsen Hill through April 4. Call 970-819-8010 or visit for more information on hours and prices.

Center to host community blood drive April 2

The Bonfils Blood Center will host a community blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. April 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. Donations will be taken inside the hospital’s conference room. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils Appointment Center or visit

Atmos Energy promotes ‘Sharing the Warmth’

Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to participate in the utility’s Sharing the Warmth program, which is designed to supplement payments made by elderly, disabled or low-income customers who would otherwise be unable to pay the full cost of heating their home.

“It’s as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill,” Atmos Energy Director of Energy Assistance Dan Alderson said. “That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter.”

To donate, check the voluntary donation box on the back of your gas bill or call 1-888-286-6700 to make your donation via the phone. Visit for more details.

Hospital pays tribute to pioneer physician’s memory

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, MA, by calling 970-213-5418.

Volunteers sought to become victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Twenty-five hours of training is provided and will take place in early October according to participant schedules. Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested may call Kasey or Diane at 970- 879-2034 for more information.

Residents reminded about proper disposal of electronics

The Copper Magnate reminds Routt County residents that it is against the law to throw away anything with a cord.

The Copper Magnate does offer a newly permitted free metal and electronics public drop-off site.

All electronics and car batteries with the exception of televisions are free to recycle, as are all things metal with the exception of refrigerators. The Copper Magnate is located at 1755 Lincoln Ave., in the back lot.

For more information, call 970-846-6991.

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