Steamboat briefs: Political letter-writing event set for 6 p.m. Monday |

Steamboat briefs: Political letter-writing event set for 6 p.m. Monday

In response to the latest election season, a Political Write-In will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Off the Beaten Path bookstore, 68 Ninth St.

Templates and suggestions for how to write an effective letter to legislators will be given, and names and addresses of legislators will be provided, along with proofreading support, envelopes and postage.

The letters will be mailed en masse, “so that we cannot be ignored,” according to event organizer Emily Katman.

In a news release about the event, Katzman wrote that “anyone who feels frustrated, disengaged, powerless or afraid after this demoralizing and drawn-out election season: You are not alone. This is a time to join and find our allies, not retreat and accept a government that does not serve or represent our diverse local and national community.”

Everyone is welcome to participate in the event, even if they have no letter-writing experience.

For more information, email or call 970-879-6830 and ask for Emily.

Steamboat clinic offers free diabetes screenings

Northwest Colorado Health is recognizing World Diabetes Day by offering free drop-in cardiovascular and diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Screenings include blood glucose test, cholesterol panel, blood pressure, body mass index and personalized education to help individuals prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Free screenings also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-879-1632.

Local artist hosts ‘Selling on ETSY’ workshop

Deb Babcock, local artist and potter, will lead a comprehensive ETSY workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. Participants will learn proven, step-by-step techniques that have sold thousands of dollars of Babcock’s work on one of the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplaces. Information will be invaluable for artists working in all mediums including jewelry, fiber, handmade, painting and more. The workshop is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting emerging artists. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Visit, or call 970-846-7062 to register. Drop-ins are welcome.

Yampa Valley Singers schedules 2 performances

The 57-member Yampa Valley Singers will present two performances of “Musical Menagerie” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs at Eighth and Oak streets. Selections include many familiar pieces, such as “Swingin’ On A Star,” “Rockin’ Robin,” “All the Pretty Little Horses,” “Pink Panther,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and more. A reception in the church fellowship hall will follow the performances. Tickets are $10 and available from singers and at All That.

Documentary on assault, suicide screens Saturday

De-Escalation Nation is hosting a screening of the powerful documentary “Audrie & Daisy” from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Steamboat Springs High School auditorium. The 95-minute film, which addresses sexual assault, underage drinking, social media, teen suicide and peer pressure, will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Kristin Bantle and Meghan Hanson-Peters. Bantle is an expert in the field of sexual assault with more than 20 years combined experience as a social worker and police officer, and Hanson-Peters has been with the school district since 2003 and teaches civics, sociology, current issues and psychology.

Hospice volunteer training to be offered Dec. 8, 9

Northwest Colorado Health will host a Hospice certification training for individuals interested in volunteering their time to support hospice patients and families in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. The training will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. The two-day training and a one-year commitment are required to be a hospice volunteer. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including helping hospice patients and families with errands, meal preparation and light household tasks or simply sharing hobbies and interests. For more information or to register, call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Routt County United Way launches new network

Routt County United Way has announced the start of its new volunteer network, Get Involved Routt County.

This innovative resource will serve as a one-stop interactive hub for both volunteers and nonprofits. Volunteers can easily access volunteer opportunities from various organizations in Routt County by going to and completing a short profile.

According to United Way officials, Get Involved Routt County is a game-changer for the community’s volunteer network, making it easier for nonprofits to fill their needs and active citizens to get involved and give back to their community.

Visit for more information.

YVSC offers opportunity to recycle old electronics

Electronics can be recycled safely at collection boxes in the offices at Steamboat middle and high schools or the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council office; 141 Ninth St.

Items dropped at those locations must be the size of a laptop or smaller and should not include towers, screens or keyboards. Items that can be recycled include old cellphones, smartphones, cellphone batteries and chargers, iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, tablets, aircards and Bluetooth, ink and toner cartridges, laptops, GPS devices and headphones. An additional free cellphone collection box is located downtown in the Wells Fargo bank lobby.

Any funding benefits the Routt County Sustainable Schools program.

Larger electronics can be recycled and for a small fee to consumers through such businesses as Waste Management or G&S Mountain Recyclers in north Steamboat. Recycling location information is available in both English and Spanish at

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