Steamboat briefs: Police report forged checks, warn of fraud |

Steamboat briefs: Police report forged checks, warn of fraud

— Detective Dave Kleiber, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, said Thursday that someone has been sending forged checks from a local business across the country. The person asks the recipient to keep part of the money and send the remainder to another person by wire transfer. Kleiber said the bank has 14 of the checks, for $2,999 each. The bank and the local business have not lost any money, but the people who cashed the checks are victims of fraud.

Kleiber said Steamboat police will help with the investigation, but agencies where the victims live will take on each of those cases. None of the victims was local, he said, but he advised people to not cash any checks in scams like this.

'Paint the Town Purple' supports Relay For Life

The American Cancer Society will "Paint the Town Purple" in celebration of its annual Relay For Life event held in July. Through Saturday, downtown businesses will be showing their support for the Relay For Life of Steamboat.   

"The purpose of the 'Paint the Town Purple' campaign is to saturate downtown with the color purple, the Relay For Life's official color," says Susan McIntosh, co-chairwoman for Steamboat's Relay For Life event. "Local businesses are asked to spread awareness about Relay For Life by placing purple bows in their storefronts or other places visible from the street." 

This year's Relay For Life of Steamboat will be held at Steamboat Springs High School track July 23 and 24. Individuals and teams gather at the high school track with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track at all times throughout the evening.  

The event includes a Luminaria Ceremony, held this year at 9:30 p.m. July 23. This is an opportunity for community members to buy luminaria to honor or memorialize someone who is battling or has battled cancer. The luminaria will light up the track in a moving memorial to friends and family. Luminaria can be bought online at and the donation can be credited to a specific team, or they can be purchased by calling Clare Tarcha at 819-8390 or Phyllis Harrelson at 870-9283.

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Entry forms available for Fourth of July Parade

Entry forms for the 2010 Fourth of July Parade present by Yampa Valley Bank are available. Only 60 parade entries will be accepted for the parade. This year's theme is "Cowboys Dig Downtown."

Those interested in signing up can find the "Parade Application" on the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association website,, on the 107th Annual Cowboys' Roundup Days & July 4th Celebration page. Applications also are at the Chamber Visitor Center at 125 Anglers Drive.

Contact Paulette Thomas at or 875-7006 with any questions.

Introductory stroller yoga classes offered at 9 a.m.

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Register and learn more by visiting, e-mailing or calling 970-367-6511. Classes are $8 for returning members.

Baby-sitter certification class starts on Monday

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