Steamboat briefs: Local organizations team up for annual coat drive |

Steamboat briefs: Local organizations team up for annual coat drive

Local organizations team up for annual coat drive

Colorado Group Realty and the Young Professionals Network are collecting lightly used coats for children and adults Friday and Saturday for LIFT-UP of Routt County’s annual coat drive. Anyone who would like to volunteer or donate coats can go to the Natural Grocer’s parking lot, 335 Lincoln Ave., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Volunteers will be entered into a drawing to win Chamber Bucks. Although signing up is not necessary, volunteers may sign up on YPN’s Facebook page or by calling Angela Mash at 970-870-8800.

Re-Granting program to allocate funds to arts groups

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s 2015 Re-Granting program will grant funds with special focus on arts and culture organizations who cannot apply for the Arts and Culture Coalition Grant money due to lack of 501(c)(3) status, lack of knowledge of the granting process/application timetable or unforeseen need. Grant proposals are due today. Visit or call 970-879-9008 for applications or more information.

Historical author Sandra Dallas visits library today

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with past Literary Sojourn author Sandra Dallas at 6:30 p.m. today in Library Hall. The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author returns to speak about her new book of historical fiction, “The Last Midwife.”

Dallas is the author of 13 adult novels, two young reader novels and 10 nonfiction books, and she recently won the 2015 WILLA Award for her novel, “A Quilt for Christmas,” which was the fourth time she has received this literary award for Women Writing in the West.

Set in 1880, “The Last Midwife” tells the story of the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town, where she has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies in her lifetime. She is a gifted and important resource for the women of her community, a position earned through wisdom and trust. But everything changes when a baby is found dead and evidence points to the midwife as the killer.

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit for more information.

Registration open for Steamboat Nordic Camp

The annual Steamboat Nordic Camp is Dec. 12 and 13.. The event will be hosted by Lake Catamount Touring Center, Ski Haus and Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

In its 14th year of operation, the camp caters to cross country ski enthusiast of all levels. New skiers learning technique to seasoned skiers looking to get a jump on training for the season all benefit from this well organized, enthusiastic camp. The camp includes: top level coaching staff; all abilities levels; excellent student-to-coach ratio; video analysis; new equipment available to demo; wax clinics by Toko and SWIX; lunches and happy hour; and prize drawing

Visit for more information or to register for the camp.

Author tour for CMC’s Common Reader held today

Community members are invited to join Colorado Mountain College students, faculty and staff to hear Bryce Andrews, author of “Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West,” give a free public talks at seven CMC campuses in October.

Andrews will be speaking at the Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs at 7 p.m. today. He will also offer a special presentation for CMC students in Steamboat at 12:30 p.m. that day.

Andrews’ memoir focuses on the author’s time on a Montana ranch building fences, tending cattle and hunting down a pack of wolves attacking his herd. It explores the moral dilemmas created when ranching and wildlife collide in the modern-day American West.

Winner of a 2014 Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the book is available at local libraries and bookstores.

Visit or call 800-621-8559 for more information.

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The Routt to Adventure: Backcountry skiing at Bluebird

I have been skiing about 15 years now, learning to Nordic ski in gym class in elementary school and grew up Alpine skiing at Okemo Mountain in my home state of Vermont. I’m by no means a daredevil but I am comfortable on Alpine skis and my ability to get around in them.

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