Steamboat briefs: Nominees being accepted for annual Navigator Awards |

Steamboat briefs: Nominees being accepted for annual Navigator Awards

Nominees are being solicited for this year’s businessperson, business and young professional of the year as part of the annual Navigator Awards, which are presented by the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Navigator Award nominees must be actively involved in community projects that enrich the Steamboat Springs economy and community, foster a work atmosphere that encourages and supports employee development, possess a progressive management philosophy, exhibit leadership among Steamboat businesses and demonstrate positive support of business community.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday. To nominate an individual or business, visit

Past winners include:

■ Business of the Year: Colorado Mountain College, Alpine Bank, Yampa Valley Bank, BAP, Christy Sports, Prudential Steamboat Realty, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, F.M. Light & Sons, PostNet, Ski Haus, SmartWool, Ore House at Pine Grove, Native Excavating and TIC.

■ Businessperson of the Year: Karl Gills, Grant Fenton, Dave Nagel, Chuck Porter, Rex Brice, David Baldinger Jr., Chris Diamond, John Kerst, Steve Dawes, Scott Ford, Andy Wirth, Mike Lomas, Rod Hanna and Julie Green.

■ Young Professional of the Year: Stephany Swinford, Sara Ferris and Ryan Marsden.

■ Sustainable Business of the Year: PostNet and Light Works of Steamboat. (This award is selected by Lyn Halliday with the Steamboat Sustainable Business Consortium.)

Winners will be recognized during a luncheon Oct. 30 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Tickets to the event are $35 per person or $300 for a corporate table of 10. Registration is available at http://www.steamboat|

Outdoor activities continue at parks despite shutdown

Despite the shutdown of the federal government, hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife watching opportunities continue at state parks across Colorado, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Colorado’s 42 state parks — including Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake and Yampa River state parks in Routt County — remain open for business.

For more information, go to or call 303-866-3437. Hunters looking for information in their units can call 303-297-1192.

Annual Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser set for Wednesday

The 12th annual Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser has seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The event features handmade ceramic soup bowls, soup donated by local restaurants, bread, beverages and dessert. The cost is $25 in advance at All That Jazz or Blue Sky Pottery or $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Laurel Street Preschool. For more information, call 970-736-2629.

Poker tournament to be held at Catamount

The inaugural Steamboat Hold ’em Poker Championship is at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Catamount Ranch & Club.

The entry fee is $125 and benefits flood relief efforts. The first-place prize is entry into the World Series of Poker at The Lodge Casino in Blackhawk.

To enter, email Jim Swiggart at; mail a check to Ski Town USA Rotary Club, P.O. Box 881537, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488; or drop an entry form off at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, 2500 Pine Grove Road.

The event is open to the first 50 registrants, and the entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

STARS looking for more volunteers for the winter

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports is in need of volunteers for the winter. An orientation for new and returning volunteers is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and pass a background check. For more information, contact 970-870-1950 or go to and click on the volunteer tab.

Advocates needs volunteer victim advocates for service

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is seeking volunteer victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Training is provided and will take place later this fall according to participant schedules. Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested are asked to call Laura or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information. 

Free flu shots for Routt veterans is on Oct. 18

Free flu shots for Routt County veterans are from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. To qualify, veterans should bring proof of military service or an American Legion or VFW membership card. Those serving in the Reserves or National Guard also are eligible if their units were deployed to a war zone during military conflict.

Veterans also can learn more about and sign up for Veterans Affairs health care during the flu clinic. The VA health care program meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, so veterans who are enrolled meet health care law coverage standards.

No appointment is necessary. For more information, call Routt County veterans service officer Mike Condie at 970-879-5489.

Entrepreneurship workshop to be held at CMC center

An entrepreneurship workshop about how to start a business is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at Colorado Mountain College Entrepreneurship Center Room 127. The class will teach the fundamentals of business planning and creating a feasibility study. No registration is required for the free class. Call 970-870-4491 for more information.

Middle school program registration now is open

Registration is open for the following middle school programs:

■ Teens on Tour: The program allows sixth- through eighth-graders to travel out of Steamboat Springs to experience recreation opportunities in the region. Past trips have included shopping trips, indoor climbing, arcades, laser tag, paintball and more. The next trip is Nov. 7 and 8. The cost is $100.

■ Girls Reaching out Wider: The program for sixth- to eighth-grade girls features education about health, outdoor adventures, resiliency skills, self-defense, leadership development and arts and crafts. Possible activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. The next session is Tuesdays from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17. The cost is $100.

Registration for these programs is open through Oct. 31 on a first come, first served basis. Register at or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office, 245 Howelsen Parkway. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or

Tennis program for middle school students available

A new middle school tennis program begins Oct. 18 at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The cost is $25 for the five-week program. Participants should register at Steamboat Springs Middle School or the Tennis Center.

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