Steamboat briefs: Routt County United Way accepts grant applications 

Routt County United Way is currently accepting applications for program funding grants, which are available to 501(c)(3) organizations that fulfill a human service need for county residents.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 12. Applications and submittal information is available online at

For 2015, Routt County United Way funding priorities include safety net and crisis intervention programs as well as programs that focus on four community impact areas: affordable, high-quality early childhood education and child care; at-risk youth; economic self-sufficiency; and health care deficit areas for low-income residents. These deficit areas include dental care and adult alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse.

Last year, the local United Way provided support to more than 40 agencies and human service programs through grants totaling more than $317,000. Grant money is raised through workplace giving contributions and an annual fundraising drive held each fall.

Every dollar raised stays in Routt County and is used to fulfill United Way’s vision of communities where all children and adults succeed through education, income stability and healthy lives, according to Kate Nowak, executive director of Routt County United Way.

Registration for Steamboat Pentathlon is now open

Registration for the 24th annual Steamboat Pentathlon is now open. This year’s event will be held March 8. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register by Wednesday to receive early bird registration rates. Starting Thursday and again Feb. 1, the fees will increase. Registrants can enter as a team, dynamic duo or individual. Registration closes March 2.

The Steamboat Pentathlon is hosted annually by the city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department. The five-stage, winter, multisport race includes Alpine skiing/riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking and running, with standard and short courses available.

All participants will receive an event T-shirt and lunch and be entered into a prize drawing.

For more information and to register, visit or call 970-871-7031.

Brain injury support group meets at library in Hayden

A new brain injury support group has formed and the group will meet the second Friday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hayden Public Library, 201 E. Jefferson Ave.

The group is for individuals living with brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, strokes, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The support group will:

■ Engage in a community conversation about brain injuries, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and strokes.

■ Discuss housing, transportation, home community-based attendant services, employment and social/recreational opportunities.

■ Discuss logistics for ongoing effort to identify brain injury goals and provide mutual support.

■ Share information about services available and discuss working together to leverage capacity through collaboration.

■ Discuss agencies and people that provide services.

The group will be facilitated by Leigh Erceg. For more information or to RSVP, call 209-605-3701. If you need transportation, call Jerry Van Voorst, with the Northwest Colorado Center for Independence, at 970-620-3897.

US Forest Service maps available in mobile app

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available for free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

Tread of Pioneers Museum looking for volunteers

The Tread of Pioneers Museum needs front desk volunteers to work three-hour shifts. Duties include greeting visitors, answering phones, collecting admissions and gift shop sales. The museum also needs help with upcoming special events and is seeking school tour guides. Contact the museum’s volunteer coordinator at 970-879-2214 or for more information.

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