Steamboat briefs: Routt County praised for delivery of human services |

Steamboat briefs: Routt County praised for delivery of human services

— Routt County and its Department of Human Services were among 13 counties receiving recognition from the state of Colorado on Tuesday for meeting a high standard in terms of their responsiveness to human support programs that help improve the daily lives of its residents.

Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha complimented the counties for eclipsing the 75 percent benchmark for a set of goals called C-stat, which measures counties’ levels of responsiveness to its residents’ needs in areas, including low-income energy assistance, food assistance, child support services and others.

“These counties are leaders in using timely data to improve outcomes for the people they serve in their communities,” Bicha said in a news release, released during the Colorado Counties Inc. Summer Conference held in Steamboat Springs. County commissioners, including Routt’s, and human-services employees statewide were in attendance.

Counties surpassing the 75 percent threshold included: Sedgwick (86.1), Washington (84.7), Jackson (82.9), Rio Blanco (82.5), Phillips (81.2), San Miguel (81.1), Boulder (79.7), Pitkin (78.5), Yuma (78.4), Crowley (76.3), Eagle (76.2), Douglas (75.9) and Routt (75.8).

Routt County United Way set to launch Women United

Routt County United Way is launching Women United, a new group targeted at uniting like-minded women to learn about and become involved in solving the community’s most critical issues.

Women United is based on one important principle: Women change lives when they join together.

Through Women United, Routt County United Way aims to bring Routt County women together to inspire engaged volunteering, active giving and advocacy actions that make a difference.

Women United will kick off with an inaugural luncheon June 29. Those interested in joining are asked to contact Lauren Jenkins at 970-879-5605 or

Author Ausma Zehanat Khan slated to visit library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with author Ausma Zehanat Khan at 7 p.m. Monday, June 13, in Library Hall. Khan is the critically acclaimed author of the new novel, “The Language of Secrets” and the January 2015 Indie Next pick, “The Unquiet Dead.”

Khan’s detective mysteries are being hailed for transcending the genre, undoubtedly due to a strong personal and academic background that influences her stories. A frequent lecturer and commentator, Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. Formerly, she served as editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women. Khan practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University.

This Library Author Series event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit for more information.

Financial assistance available for forestland protection

The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting Forest Legacy Program proposals from Colorado landowners.

The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The purpose of the Colorado Forest Legacy Program is to protect environmentally important private forest areas threatened by conversion to non-forest uses. The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights.

Forestlands that contain important scenic, cultural, recreation and water resources, including fish and wildlife habitat and other ecological values, and that support traditional forest uses, will receive priority.

Landowners who participate in the program are required to follow a land management plan approved by the CSFS. Activities consistent with the management plan, including timber harvesting, grazing and recreation activities, are permitted.

The Colorado State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee will evaluate proposals and recommend proposals that merit moving forward to the USDA Forest Service. Forwarded proposals will compete at a regional level, and those selected at the regional level will compete nationally for funding.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. July 29 for federal fiscal year 2018 funding. Proposals must be submitted by standard mail.

For more information or to receive an application packet, call Naomi Marcus at 970-491-6303.

Applications also are available online at

Volunteers needed for July 2 Mountain Madness races

Northwest Colorado Health (formerly Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association) is seeking volunteers to help with the Mountain Madness half-marathon and 10K on July 2.

Volunteers are needed to help with registrations, aid stations and other details. Proceeds from the run/walk event, held by the Steamboat Springs Running Series, benefit health and wellness programs at Northwest Colorado Health.

For more information about the race, visit Those interested in volunteering should call Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

Middle East scholar to speak 7 pm Tuesday at library

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a talk with Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at University of Denver, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

Hashemi will open the evening by addressing “Turmoil in the Middle East: How Should the U.S. Respond?” He will offer an introduction to core themes and issues surrounding policy in the Middle East, including Iran, Syria and the lingering legacy of the Arab Spring, followed by an informal town-hall-style Q&A session.

Hashemi is associate professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the author of “Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies.” He is also co-editor of “The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future and The Syrian Dilemma.”

This event is free, and books will be available for sale and author signing after the talk. Visit for more information.

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