Steamboat briefs: Mountain challenge event to help those with disabilities |

Steamboat briefs: Mountain challenge event to help those with disabilities

Registration is open for the STARS Mountain Challenge, which will be held March 27 and 28 at Steamboat Ski Area. The two-day event will include a Partini Party on Friday night and an on-mountain ski challenge Saturday. All the money raised from the challenge will stay in Routt County to support programming for individuals with disabilities. To register or for more information, visit

Girls to Women Conference seeks volunteers for event

The 2015 Girls To Women Conference, an annual career day for eighth-grade girls, is seeking volunteers. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 5 at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs. Volunteers are needed for all or part of the day. For more information or to volunteer, contact Pegge Warwick, volunteer coordinator, at 970-819-6476 or at edpegge@

Smart Driver class offered in Steamboat Springs

An AARP Smart Driver class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The class is designed to help drivers 50 and older compensate for age-related changes. Millions of people have taken this course, and it has been statistically shown to reduce the number of accidents, and severity of injuries in those accidents, suffered by those who took the class as compared with the same age group who did not.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. State law requires insurance companies to give a discount to those having taken the class, which is good for three years. The class, which Jane and Bud Romberg have taught for the past 20 years, is cosponsored by the Routt County Council on Aging and Debbie Aragon State Farm Insurance Agency. Call 970-879-0064 for more information or to register.

Association offers free well body class every Monday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers a well body class from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays at the Steamboat Springs VNA office, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. The free class helps participants achieve their health goals with nutrition information, weight loss strategies and tools to make lasting lifestyle changes. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7634.

Food bank in Hayden will distribute items as needed

The Hayden Community Food Bank and outreach ministry of Hayden Congregational Church will distribute food on an as-needed basis. Call Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507.

Local groups reach out to returning soldiers

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans and new members.

For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Low-income seniors and disabled eligible for rebate

Colorado offers a public benefit to low-income seniors and disabled persons (regardless of age) of up to $700 for rent or property tax paid and up to $192 of heating expenses they have paid during 2014, for a maximum rebate of $892, according to a Colorado Department of Revenue news release.

The benefit is known as the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit, or PTC Rebate. The Department of Revenue is responsible for creating and processing the applications and for issuing the rebate payments to recipients. The Colorado Department of Human Services conducts public outreach through its Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and through county human services offices to eligible populations.

The actual rebate total amount is based on the applicant’s income and expenses. The minimum rebate for 2014 is $300 ($227 rent, $73 heat), and the total rebate amount is paid to the recipient in quarterly installments.

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