Steamboat briefs: Zero Waste program is seeking volunteers |

Steamboat briefs: Zero Waste program is seeking volunteers

The Zero Waste program is looking for volunteers to help out at events to sort resources and educate the community about zero waste.

Throughout the course of the summer, Steamboat offers numerous events, many of which are free.  As a thank you to the community, you can give back by volunteering with Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and the Zero Waste program. 

To become a Zero Hero for this summer season, sign up at to get connected with our volunteer spot calendar.

Here is a list of events and reoccurring events throughout the summer:

■ Saturday Farmers Markets, every Saturday through Sept. 13

With set-up and breakdown, markets run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and four to eight volunteers are needed at each market (14 Saturdays total throughout the summer season).

■ Free Concert Series on July 18, July 26 and Aug. 8

With set-up and breakdown, concerts run roughly from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Eight to 16 volunteers are needed at each concert.

Art Council is seeking Art in the Park volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with the 40th annual Art in the Park on July 12 and 13. Art in the Park is a venue where 140 artisans sell their original work with 14 food vendors.  

Volunteers are needed for the event to help with the beer tent and entry gate and for the set-up starting Thursday and take down 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 970-879-9008 or email info@steam

Coloradans may be eligble for PTC rebate program

Many Coloradans may be eligible for the Colorado Property Tax/Rent/Heat Credit program, commonly known as the “PTC Rebate,” which serves low-income seniors and disabled individuals, according to a Department of Revenue news release.

The program is offered to full-year residents who are 65 or older (or a surviving spouse at least 58 years of age) or who were disabled regardless of age during the entire filing/calendar year. Qualified applicants can receive as much as $600 for rent or property tax paid and as much as $192 of heating expenses they have paid during 2013, for a maximum rebate of $792.

The actual rebate total is based on the applicant’s income and expenses. Any Colorado resident who meets the requirements for the rebate should submit the 2013 rebate application, Form 104 PTC.

The application plus information on eligibility requirements are available on the Department of Revenue’s Taxation website at by clicking the “PTC” button at the top of the page.

Share the Warmth aims to help electric customers

Atmos Energy is encouraging customers to participate in the utility’s Sharing the Warmth program, which is designed to supplement payments made by elderly, disabled or low-income customers who would otherwise be unable to pay the full cost of heating their home.

“It’s as easy as rounding-up the pennies on your natural gas bill,” Atmos Energy Director of Energy Assistance Dan Alderson said. “That excess change goes straight into our Sharing the Warmth program, which can then be distributed to low-income residents this winter.”

To donate, check the voluntary donation box on the back of your gas bill or call 1-888-286-6700 to make your donation via the phone. Visit for more details.

County annual seedling sale orders accepted now

Orders are being accepted for the Routt County Conservation District’s annual seedling sale. Download an order form at, where information about the types of trees and costs can be found. For more information, email or call 970-879-3225, ext. 107.

The Fair Family Favorites

cookbook is available

The Fair Family Favorites cookbook, which was put together by the Routt County Fair Cookbook Committee for the fair’s 100th anniversary, is on sale at the Routt County Extension office in the Routt County Courthouse annex. The cookbook costs $20, and proceeds will go toward upgrading the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Health services available at community building

The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.

■ Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203.

■ Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327.

■ Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123.

■ Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.

Girl Scouts in Steamboat is looking for volunteers

The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or

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