Steamboat briefs: Nicole Shue in command of guided-missile destroyer |

Steamboat briefs: Nicole Shue in command of guided-missile destroyer

Cmdr. Nicole Shue, formerly of Steamboat Springs, took over command of the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins on May 28 during a change-of-command ceremony in port Bahrain, according to a news release.

Shue relieved Cmdr. Andrew Carlson as commanding officer.

"To assume command is both a professional milestone and a personal honor for me. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this crew through the remainder of the deployment and upcoming missions and hope to carry on Cmdr. Carlson's inspirational model," Shue said in the release.

Shue reported to Higgins in January 2012 and served as executive officer as part of the fleet-up program, which consists of an 18-month executive officer tour followed by a commanding officer tour aboard the same ship, the release stated.

Shue said the program allowed her to become familiarized with the crew and the ship before assuming command of Higgins.

"Serving under Cmdr. Carlson allowed me to better understand the working relationship an executive officer and commanding officer should have and how to facilitate both the mission and the long-term success of the ship and her crew," Shue said in the release.

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Higgins is deployed to promote maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the release.

Moore, Wilkinson are Doc Willett award recipients

Diane Moore and Dr. David Wilkinson have been named the 2013 recipients of the Doc Willett Health Care Heritage Awards, according to a news release.

The 2013 Health Care Community Advocate Award is being given to Moore, who is the executive director of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities.

She was described in a nomination letter as "a compassionate leader and educator to the community. Diane is not only a tireless advocate, she protects, nurtures and engages with each one of her clients on an emotional and psychological level. She has devoted her professional career to making lives better one person at a time."

The 2013 Health Care Professional Award is being given to Wilkinson, who is the medical director of the emergency department at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

He is described in a nomination letter as a "wonderful, competent and compassionate physician and family man. His spirit, professionalism and dedication to patient care, our health care facility and the community at large (define him) as a world-class emergency physician, the best Steamboat has to offer in the spirit of Doc Willett."

The awards are a tribute to the roots of hospital care in Routt County. They are named after Dr. Frederick E. Willett, who served Steamboat Springs and neighboring communities for 56 years.

The awards are presented by the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley, which serves as the fundraising arm for Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Moore and Wilkinson will receive their awards Aug. 23 during a ceremony at Strings Music Pavilion.

Savor Steamboat vendor applications are due Wednesday

The inaugural Savor Steamboat is from 3 to 6 p.m. June 15. The new event near the base of Steamboat Ski Area will feature barbecue pork and cocktail competitions. Applications are available for food and drink vendors as well as craft and agricultural vendors and are due Wednesday. For more information, visit For more information about the event, contact Misto Productions at 970-871-6786 or

Balloon Glow returns to Hot Air Balloon Rodeo

The Balloon Glow is returning to the annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo this year, according to a news release. The nighttime event features hot air balloons tethered to the ground and illuminated at about 8:45 p.m. July 13 at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Steinberg to host 3-day photography workshop

Jim Steinberg hosts a three-day photography workshop titled Springtime in Steamboat from Friday to Sunday. The class will cover fundamentals of using light and composition to create compelling images. The workshop is a mix of lectures, shooting in the field, post-production work and critiques. The cost is $250. To register, contact 970-879-3718 or

Volunteers are needed for the Enduro-X bike race

Volunteers are needed for the Enduro-X mountain bike race June 15 and 16 at Steamboat Ski Area. Those who are interested can call David at 970-846-5012 or Todd at 941-961-7575. More information is available at