Steamboat briefs: Snow sculptures winners announced |

Steamboat briefs: Snow sculptures winners announced

In 2017, the application for snow sculpting was opened to the entire community. Community organizations, businesses, families and groups of friends all joined in the fun. Winning sculptures were judged on creativity; the 2017 theme, "Take Me to the Mountain"; detail; and effort.

Community sculpture awards include Best of Show and Volunteer Choice. Thirteen community teams competed, while nine high school teams were chosen to compete.

Winners are as follows.

2017 High School Snow Sculpture winners:

■ First place, $3,000 — "Fly Me to the Boat," by Kayla Haggarty, Maddy Larson, Theo Hansen, Mack Skov and Brook Banning.

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■ Second place, $1,500 — "Olaf's Mountain Adventure," by Kari Saunders, Soria Rabanal, Gabe Rabanal, Jacob Gilberspn and John Hannaway.

■ Third place, $500 — "Jukebox Baby," by Sage Turek, Lana Pivarnik, Zoe Stewart, Samatha Lee and Addison Sanvik.

2017 Community Snow Sculpture winners:

■ Best in Show — "Snow Cat," by Karen Desjardin, Larry Desjardin, Katie Keifer and Jenette Settle.

■ Volunteer Choice Award — "In Sight of Snow," by Christopher Stone, Annabelle Stone, Misha Jensen, Kai Jensen, Delaney Parker and Finley Parker.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council was founded in May 1972 by Eleanor Bliss, Carol Finnoff and the community of Steamboat as a center for arts and humanities in the Yampa Valley.

The Train Depot, where the Arts Council is housed, received National Register of Historic Places designation in 1978. Also known as The Art Depot, this facility contains the "Baggage Room" a multi-use and performance arts space, an Artist Member Gallery and a visual arts gallery.

The Arts Council is proud to be a leader in the Steamboat Springs Creative District, with public art and mural initiatives now to include temporary Winter Carnival Snow Sculptures. The council is supported, in large part, by private donations, memberships, sponsorships and the city of Steamboat Springs. Donate at

More than 30 attend forum on issues

More than 30 people joined the Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network for its annual community issues forum Wednesday at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. This year's event focused on the topic of maintaining community character and gave a historical and forward-looking perspective on the Yampa Valley's community values and the culture of the area.

Longtime residents Tom Ross, Adonna Allen and Paula Black led a panel discussion, with Ross focusing on how Steamboat's status in the Old West has affected its culture, Allen talking about the important role agriculture and land use practices play and Black encouraging the group to get involved in order to create the community they want to live in.

"As somebody that moved to Steamboat Springs recently, I had no idea about many of the topics they covered and just how close we are to our ranching roots and how much that still shapes our community," said YPN member Jae Seifert, who attended the forum. "Hearing about the ranching history of Routt County as well as stories of how current day Steamboat came to be really inspired me to get more involved and shape the community I'm living in."

REPS to host suicide intervention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide will hold an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for any groups or individuals interested in an in-depth understanding of how to quickly intervene and prevent someone from dying by suicide.

The two-day workshop, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, at Yampa Valley Medical Center, is designed to give participants knowledge and skills that will help them know how to intervene when they fear someone might be at risk for suicide and/or suffering from depression.

Those participating will also become certified as Suicide Prevention Advocates and therefore able to volunteer in the Emergency Department at Yampa Valley Medical Center when patients are admitted with suicide ideation or attempt.

Participants will learn to link people with community resources, apply a model for intervention, reach out and offer support, recognize opportunities to help, and recognize the warning signs of depression and/or suicide.

The workshop is free, and breakfast and lunch provided. Call REPS Executive Director Mindy Marriott at 970-846-8182 or email to enroll.