Steamboat briefs: Seminars at Steamboat talk features views on terrorism |

Steamboat briefs: Seminars at Steamboat talk features views on terrorism

— Seminars at Steamboat will presents two Brookings Institution scholars, William McCants, a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and Philippe Le Corre, a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, speaking about “Radical Islam and Terrorism, Views from the U.S. and Europe.”

The free talk starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 18 in the Strings Music Pavilion. Free tickets are distributed at 4:45 p.m., and doors open at the same time.

McCants is a scholar of militant Islamism. In addition to his senior position at the Brookings Institution, he is adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has held various government and think tank positions related to Islam, the Middle East and terrorism.

From 2009 to 2011, McCants served as a U.S. State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. McCants is the author of “The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State” and the founder of, an academic group blog focused on the global jihadi movement. The blog has been featured on the cover of the New York Times, and described by Wired magazine’s Danger Room as “the gold standard in militant studies.”

Le Corre’s research focuses on Asia-Europe political and economic relations, China’s foreign policy and France. He also is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Krieger School of Arts and Science in Washington, D.C. He has contributed to Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Europe’s World, Financial Times, China Perspective, Boston Globe, Le Monde, Commentaire, Etudes, Far Eastern Economic Review and The Independent.

Copies of McCants’ and Le Corre’s books will be available for sale and author signing after their talk. KUNC public radio will air a one-hour edited version of their Seminars talk at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 at 88.5 FM.

Visit for more information about the speakers series.

Sustainability council starts new ride share program

The staff at the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is introducing a new Yampa Valley Ride Share page on Facebook meant to serve locals looking for carpool opportunities and commuting partners within the Yampa Valley. The new site to connect valley commuters is intended as a companion to pre-existing Facebook pages such as Steamboat Springs Ride Share, which connect riders and drivers to and from the Front Range. Yampa Valley Ride Share replaces previous carpooling outreach efforts at Northwest Colorado Carpool World, which has been discontinued. Email for more information.

Alzheimer’s support groups offered in Steamboat area

The Alzheimer’s Association sponsors free caregiver information and support groups in Steamboat Springs for those caring for someone with dementia, whether 24/7 or long distance.

A spouse and caregiver group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month, and a family, friend and caregiver group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Both meetings are held at Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road.

These groups offer caregivers the opportunity to gather with others facing similar challenges in a safe, confidential setting. The benefits include finding community resources, understanding challenging behavior, sharing strategies and giving and receiving encouragement. Call 970-879-8942 for more information.

City to sponsor trip to watch Rockies baseball game

The city of Steamboat Springs is sponsoring a trip to Denver to watch the Rockies play the Atlanta Braves on July 24. The cost of $30 includes transportation and admission ticket. Departure time is 8:30 a.m. from the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot.  Call Parks and Community Services at 970-879-4300 to reserve a spot on the trip.

Cen$ible Energy funding period slated to close July 31

The Cen$ible Energy rebate program for Yampa Valley Electric Association members has been a huge success this year, according to Tammi Strickland, YVEA communications and public relations manager, and due to that success, the funds are nearly depleted.  

As a result, program organizers are no longer accepting applications for energy audits. The program for 2016 was made possible for YVEA members through founding partners Yampa Valley Electric Association, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, the city of Steamboat and Alpine Bank. The program also received donations from Routt County and the Town of Oak Creek for a combined total of $36,500 in 2016.

Alternate funding opportunities for audits are available. For more information, call YVSC at 970-871-9299.

The Cen$ible Energy program will accept rebate applications for Energy Star appliances, LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats and post-audit air sealing through July 31.

When the program closes for the 2016 rebate cycle, more than 300 rebates will have been issued in Routt and Moffat counties saving families and small businesses both energy and money. Through purchases of appliances, light bulbs and energy audits made in association with the rebate program, more than $85,000 has gone back into the Yampa Valley economy supporting local businesses and contractors.

The rebate program will re-open again for the 2017 grant cycle on Jan. 1, 2017.  

“We want to thank everyone who supported this great program and look forward to 2017,” said Sarah Jones, YVSC executive director.

More sponsors are needed to partner with this well-received rebate program. Learn more at

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