Steamboat briefs: Sign-up now for 11th annual Routt County cleanup day |

Steamboat briefs: Sign-up now for 11th annual Routt County cleanup day

The 11th annual Routt County Community Cleanup Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Individuals, businesses and groups are invited to help clean up Routt County during this community event.

The day begins with vest/bag pickup and clean-up location assignments from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Parkway. Crews will clean up various roads throughout Routt County from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and a barbecue lunch with prizes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Olympian Hall to round out the day.

Those wishing to participate in the cleanup should register in advance with Heather Savalox at the Routt County Department of Health by calling 970-870-5588 or emailing her at

Rep. Mitsch Bush set to host town hall meeting Friday

State Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, will host for a legislative wrap-up town hall meeting at 5 p.m. Friday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Library in Steamboat Springs. The 2017 legislative session adjourned Wednesday, May 10, and Mitsch Bush will summarize highlights, take questions and discuss concerns at the event.

Business Week Scholarship available to Routt students

Students can apply for the JA Business Week Scholarship, in memorial of Jennifer Erickson. JA Business Week is a one-week summer camp experience sponsored by Junior Achievement and held June 11 to 16 on the campus of Johnson & Wales University in Denver. 

This unique program allows students to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Colorado’s most dynamic and accomplished business leaders. In addition to interactive workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the program culminates in a “Shark Tank”-style competition. Student teams gain firsthand experience in teams to develop marketing and business concepts.

The scholarship provides up to $350 for any Routt County student in ninth through 12th grades to attend. Apply through Junior Achievement at

Soroco student earns select spot in AgDiscovery program

Hannah Hayes, a sophomore at Soroco High School, has been selected to attend the AgDiscovery program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which will be held from July 9 to 22 at the University of Hawaii, Moana campus. Hannah was one of 310 students chosen to attend from 987 students who applied.

The AgDiscovery program offers middle school and high school students the opportunity to explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology and aquaculture. 

Though housing and food are covered with the program, Hannah is required to provide transportation to and from Hawaii.  She has set up a Go Fund Me page to help her raise money for this trip.  To donate and learn more about the program, visit

At Soroco, Hannah participates in volleyball, basketball and track. She is a member of Soroco FFA, Flat Top 4-H Club and National Honor Society.  Her 4-H project includes three breeding ewes and five lambs. She plays the flute in the high school band and sings in the choir. She also competed at the State FFA Convention in livestock judging, where her team achieved gold and she won silver.  She holds an office with FFA, as well. 

Hannah said it is her dream to attend Hawaii Pacific University when she graduates from high school.

May 18 set program to teach how to train for 14ers

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents “Exploring Colorado’s 14ers,” a free evening of Colorado 14er lore with Steamboat Springs local John Peretz, who has over 100 summits to his credit, including all 58 14ers in the state, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in Library Hall.

Discover how to train, what to bring, which are the easiest — and hardest — 14ers, and hiking and travel tips during this highly visual and engaging presentation. Reaching the summit is achievable for just about everyone, and with this valuable information Peretz makes sure you’ll be ready for a summer and fall of high mountain adventure.

Visit for more information.

Advocates seeks volunteers to serve as victim advocates

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is recruiting volunteers to become victim advocates to provide on-call services for the 24-hour crisis line. Thirty hours of training is provided and will take place in early February based on participant schedules. 

Advocates is a nonprofit agency providing free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Routt County. Those who are interested may call Molly or Diane at 970-879-2034 for more information.

Volunteer inspire with Junior Achievement in local schools

Junior Achievement, an organization committed to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in today’s economy, is looking for volunteers to work with local students.

JA makes volunteering easy by providing fun, engaging curriculum that helps to teach the importance of financial responsibility, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Volunteers share their own life lessons to bring relevancy to the activities. 

Volunteers are needed at Soda Creek Elementary School and Strawberry Park School Elementary this spring for a short-term commitment of five sessions. Email Sally Messinger at for more information.

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