Steamboat briefs: Local high school students selected to be in orchestras |

Steamboat briefs: Local high school students selected to be in orchestras

Dr. Matt Spalding

Three Steamboat Springs High School students have been selected for the highly competitive Colorado All State Orchestras. For the symphony orchestra, Melissa Requist was selected on piccolo and Lark Skov on viola, and Jenna Kramer was selected on first violin for the philharmonic orchestra. The orchestras will perform Feb. 14 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

LIFT-UP of Routt County to hold annual board meeting

The LIFT-UP of Routt County board of directors will hold its annual meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the conference room at the Lufkin LIFT-UP Center, 2125 Curve Court. The public is welcome to attend. Call 970-870-0727 for more information.

Library holding annual Food for Fines program

During the month of December, kids can “pay off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $1 of their overdue fines.

The following high-need food items are worth $2 in fines waived: Hamburger or Chicken Helper (in a box), refried beans, taco or enchilada sauce, taco shells in a box, gluten-free products and new toothbrushes or deodorant. All food will be donated to the local LIFT-UP of Routt County food bank. This program is for kids 17 and younger only, during December only, and it is not valid for replacement fees. For more information, visit

Dr. Spalding new member of Steamboat Institute board

Dr. Matthew Spalding, associate vice president and dean of educational programs at Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C., has joined The Steamboat Institute’s board of directors, and Dr. Carl Steidtmann, retired chief economist for Deloitte LLP, has been named a member of the group’s national advisory board.

“This is an important moment in the life of our country,” Spalding said in a news release issued Wednesday by the organization. “For the first time, our government is acquiring the ability and showing the inclination to take away our self-government.This is why it is important that we redouble our efforts to educate the American people about our founding principles.This is what we do at Hillsdale College and what we do at The Steamboat Institute.”

Dr. Spalding is the best-selling author of “We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future” and is also the executive editor of “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution,” a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

For the past 35 years, Steidtmann worked as an economist, a technologist and an educator. In the course of his career, Dr. Steidtmann’s research was widely quoted in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, USA Today and The New York Times. 

“We are thrilled to add Dr. Spalding and Dr. Steidtmann to our team,” The Steamboat Institute Chairman and CEO Jennifer Schubert-Akin said in the news release. “The expertise and wealth of knowledge they bring to our board of directors and our national advisory board will be critically important as we continue to expand the reach and influence of The Steamboat Institute at the local, regional and national level.”

The Steamboat Institute is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) educational organization, founded in 2008, whose mission is “to educate the public on the Founding Principles of the United States, and to inspire people to be actively involved in their implementation.” Visit for information.

Tennis Association offering holiday camps for youths

The Steamboat Tennis Association is offering free beginner holiday camps for youths Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. Camps for children from ages 5 to 11 are from 9 to 10 a.m. both days, and youths from ages 12 to 18 are invited to join from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. To sign up or for more information, visit the front desk at the Tennis Center, 2500 Pine Grove Road, or call 970-879-8400.

Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs grant requests due

The Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs will accept grant requests for its next grant cycle through Monday. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations in Routt County, and the focus of grant activity is youth and senior programs. The grant application and grant information can be found at by clicking on “Community Grant Application” on the right side of the home page. For more information, contact Karl Gills at 970-846-4326. Grants will be awarded around Jan. 15.

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