Steamboat briefs: Nonprofit launches new Amazing Race fundraiser |

Steamboat briefs: Nonprofit launches new Amazing Race fundraiser

Partners in Routt County will host a new fundraising event — The Amazing Race & Sunset Soiree on June 25. Starting at 8 a.m. in Gondola Square, teams of two will embark on a mission to complete physical and mental challenges throughout the city of Steamboat Springs, racing for one of the top three cash prizes.

The race will finish with a barbecue lunch for team participants and volunteers. Partners will also celebrate its 20-year anniversary with free root beer floats for anyone in the community.

The event will conclude with a Sunset Soiree at the top of Thunderhead, where guests will enjoy food, beverages, musical entertainment and amazing sunset views, along with a chance to win the Amazing Gift Giveaway grand prize.

Registration is open, tickets are on sale and sponsors are still needed. Visit for more information.

YVSC hosts promotion of energy-efficient light bulbs

The nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a month-long energy-efficiency promotion to help municipal electricity customers in the town of Oak Creek purchase as many as 10 long-lasting and energy-saving LED light bulbs for free after rebate. This is a maximum $100 value.

The May Bulbs Bring Lifetime Savings promotion is made possible through funding from the town of Oak Creek, Routt County and Alpine Bank.

For more information and rebate forms, visit Bonfiglio Drug in Oak Creek, Flat Tops Ranch Supply in Phippsburg, Oak Creek Town Hall or

Missouri’s 1st poet laureate to host writing workshop

Following up on Walter Bargen’s June 7 poetry reading and performance in Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library invites local writers to join Missouri’s first poet laureate for a writing workshop. “The Golden First Line” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon June 8 at the library.

Bargen has published 18 books of poetry, including two books of prose poems, and is the recipient of many awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Writing Fellowship. He describes writing as process and in this workshop asks, “How does a writer surprise one’s self?”

Bargen has said writers are writing at the top of their skill when they write beyond what they know into what they don’t know and know it for the first time. Bargen will lead a workshop that looks at a writing technique based on surprise.

The fee for the workshop is $20, payable by cash or check on the day of the event. Participants are asked to sign up in advance by contacting adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay at or by calling 970-879-0240, ext. 317.

Visit for more information.

Coach Hall to lead 5th and 6th grade volleyball camp

A Sailors volleyball camp for fifth- and sixth-graders will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, May 9 to May 12 in the Steamboat Springs Middle School gym. High school head volleyball coach Wendy Hall will lead the four-day camp, which includes instruction in basic skills and technique. Players interested in attending should bring a signed waiver and $25 to the camp Monday, May 9.

All abilities are welcome.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots also are available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program.

To make a spay or neuter appointment online, visit routt

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