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Steamboat briefs: Job tools available to veterans

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the VA has developed a comprehensive toolkit for veterans and employers about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Find more information about the programs and application procedures at or call the VA National Call Center at 1-800-827-1000. 

A new website also 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 field. Learn more at


Free diabetes screenings are offered through VNA

As part of American Diabetes Month in November, free diabetes screenings are offered through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Make an appointment by calling 970-875-1880.

Free winter coats at LIFT-UP through Wednesday

Free winter coats are available from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday at LIFT-UP of Routt County Food Bank, 2125 Curve Court. For more information, call 970-870-8804.

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Partners in Routt County asks residents to take survey

Partners in Routt County is seeking resident input in the nonprofit youth mentoring organization's community awareness survey. The survey is open through Wednesday and can be accessed at

3-part webinar begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for all

A three-part webinar titled "Managing Drought and Disaster Impacts" begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The first course will addresses livestock issues. Presentations include Market Outlooks for Cattle, Dairy, Forage and Feed with Erika Rosa-Sanko and Katelyn McCullock, of the Livestock Marketing Information Center; Feeding Risks from Drought Impacted Feeds and Forages with Dr. Rachel Endecott, of Montana State University; and Should I Buy Hay or Sell Cows with Jeffrey Tranel, of Colorado State University. The second course is scheduled for Dec. 7 and will address tax and financial risk related to drought and disaster impacts. The third is planned for the spring and will address strategies for the upcoming production year. Join the webinar at http://msuextension


VNA to hold drop-in clinics for flu, pertussis vaccines

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be holding weekly drop-in clinics for flu and pertussis (whooping cough) shots from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 27 at Steamboat Springs High School as well as from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays from through Dec. 27 at the Steamboat Springs VNA office. Adult flu shots are $25, and children's flu shots/FluMist are $14. Find a schedule of additional clinics at or call the flu hotline at 970-871-7624.

Daniels Scholarships for seniors deadline is Nov. 29

The deadline for Colorado high school seniors to apply for Daniels Scholarships is Nov. 29, according to a news release. The scholarships award students money toward a four-year college education at any nonprofit college or university in the United States as well as financial and personal support. Students also receive a laptop computer and a printer, according to the release.

To be eligible, students must be current high school seniors graduating during the 2012-13 academic year from a high school in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah or Wyoming. They must be a current resident of one of those states and at the time of application be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States. They also must demonstrate financial need and other requirements of the scholarship.

Applications and more information can be found at

2012 Surgeon General's Guide available free at VNA

Free copies of the 2012 Surgeon General's Consumer Guide "Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults" are available at the Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, 745 Russell St., and Steamboat, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. For more information about tobacco prevention efforts in our communities, call Community Health Educator Vicki Barron at 970-875-1883. 

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the "Let's Go! 5-2-1-0" program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Scholarship is available for dance, technical production

Steamboat Dance Theatre is accepting applications for the Amy Flint Memorial Scholarship for Dance and Technical Production Training. The scholarship will be awarded to someone who never has danced but is looking for the opportunity to pursue his or her dance dream or to someone looking to further his or her education in the field of technical production. To apply, visit and click on the "scholarship" tab.