Steamboat briefs: Rx Task Force to headline coffee, newspaper event |

Steamboat briefs: Rx Task Force to headline coffee, newspaper event

The Rx Task Force will be the featured topic at the next Coffee and a Newspaper, which will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Steamboat Pilot & Today offices, 1901 Curve Plaza.

Members of the newly created task force will report on their recent Lunch & Learn sessions, which were held to educate the community about the problem of opiate and heroin abuse in Steamboat Springs and Routt County, and plans for future initiatives. Editor Lisa Schlichtman will lead a panel discussion, which will be followed by a Q&A session.

The event is free, and open to the community. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Apply for LEAP energy bill assistance through April 30

Colorado's Low-income Energy Assistance Program is accepting applications for its 2015-16 season through April 30. With an increase in applicant income qualification this season, more Coloradans will qualify for assistance with paying their home heating costs.

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LEAP is a 100-percent federally-funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services which provides cash assistance to help Coloradans pay a portion of home heating costs during the winter months.

The program pays the highest benefits to those with the highest heating bills and the lowest incomes by family size. This year, applicant income was raised from 150 percent to 165 percent of the federal poverty level, which equates to $3,334 per month for a family of four.

To qualify for LEAP, applicants must be responsible for paying heating costs directly to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of their rent; and be permanent legal residents of the United States and Colorado or have household members that are U.S. citizens.

LEAP-eligible households may also qualify for programs that inspect a home's primary heating source, such as a furnace or wood-burning stove, and weatherization upgrades that improve a home's energy efficiency.

The state of Colorado also offers a rebate of property tax, rent and heat expenses to low-income seniors and disabled persons. Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue's website at for more information and the rebate application booklet.

To review LEAP qualifications, call 866-432-8435 toll-free, or visit to view the most current program application requirements and to download an application.

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 are also 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

Access 700 Forest Service maps via smartphones

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.