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Web site honors helpers

Christine Metz

Organizers of a community Web site designed by and for its residents held a celebration Thursday night honoring the work they have done in the past year and major contributors.

The Yampavalley.info Community Information Center held its annual Fall Gathering and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration, giving the group a chance to recognize the more than 300 individuals who contributed to the site.

Yampavalley.info is a blend of a local history book, activity guide, community phone book, service listing and community plans and projects. The Web site has 24 center managers who focus on different areas of the community, including agriculture, economy, business and weather.

The Web site also hosts pages and links to nonprofit organizations, which have built their sites through the center.

“If one person tried to put this all together, it would be monumental; basically, it is only possible through volunteer efforts,” project coordinator Alysa Selby said.

The Web site, which is run through Bud Werner Memorial Library, acknowledged the work of seven people in particular Thursday night.

“They have all just done an amazing job,” Selby said. “They represent the spirit of the Web site, which lets members of the community say who and what we are on the Web.”

Brooke Lachman, Teen Programs Coordinator with the city of Steamboat Springs Open Space, Parks and Recreational Services Department, was honored for her work as one of the Web site’s center managers.

Lachman is the center manager for the Under 21 Youth and Teens section of the Web site and restructured it to be more user-friendly. She divided different links on the site into age groups and had categories that were pertinent to that population’s needs.

Joyce and Roger Cusick, Routt County historians and genealogists, were recognized for their work in putting their historic research on the site. They contacted the Web site organizers to see whether they could put years of research about the history of the Routt County sheriffs, local cemeteries and burial sites onto the Web site.

On the sheriff’s site, Joyce Cusick has links to almost every sheriff in the county and includes a biography, term of office and photo.

Roger Cusick has made available his research about the 55 cemeteries and burial sites that have been discovered in Routt County. Each gravesite or cemetery listed has a photograph and brief history of the site. The burial index, which dates back to the 1880s and goes up to 1996, was built through the transcription of headstones, burial records and obituaries.

Three Soroco High School teachers and a local historian were honored for their work with high school students adding information to the Web site.

Valerie Broadbent, Ed Hayne and Chuck Keating combined their English, Social Studies and Science classes and had 40 students trained in adding historic content to the Web site.

The students researched 21 sites of historic interest in South Routt County, photographed the sites, located and scanned historic photos, wrote a brief history of each place and mapped the sites onto Geographic Information System software.

Mike Yurich, founding member of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, assisted the students by reviewing their work and sharing historic materials.

The award-winning contributions can be viewed online at http://www.yampavalley.info on the About This Site page and under the header Best of Yampavalley.info Awards 2004.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com


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