Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Rx Task Force resumes 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 |

Steamboat briefs: Yampa Valley Rx Task Force resumes 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20

Rx Task Force meetings resume Sept. 20

The Yampa Valley Rx Task Force is resuming its community forum monthly meetings, and everyone is welcome to attend, according to Mara Rhodes, Rx Task Force regional coordinator. The next community meeting is scheduled for 8:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 at SK8 Church, 2851 Riverside Plaza.

Meeting about grief support will be held in Hayden

Northwest Colorado Health is gauging interest for a grief support group in Hayden. Individuals who are experiencing a difficult life transition or loss are invited to have tea and learn more about grief education and support during times of change. The tea will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Hayden Congregational Church. An ongoing monthly support group will be established if there is sufficient interest. For more information, call Dr. Jo Anne Grace at 970-846-8319 or Pastor Jane Kramer at 970-276-3510.

Japanese film to screen at Chief on Wednesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library's free foreign film series continues with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s award-winning drama, “After the Storm” screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Chief Theater.

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Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa).

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Campaign encourages new donors to support trails

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund is launching a new social media campaign challenging locals to highlight their favorite trails and encourage others to donate.

An anonymous donor will match up to $5,000 from donors who have not yet given to the fund. The campaign is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Participants are invited to record a short video of themselves at the location of their favorite trail. They announce their acceptance of the "Local's Favorite Challenge" and describe what they love about the trail.

The person then nominates and/or tags three friends and trail users to create their own video or donate to the fund — or both. Those friends have 24 hours to accept the challenge. Participants can post their video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #donatetotrails.

The Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund provides a permanent funding source for maintaining nonmotorized trails in Routt and Moffat counties. The goal is to grow the fund to $1.5 million over the next 10 years.

"The new campaign is about encouraging more users — hikers, runners, bikers and horseback riders of all skill levels — to consider what their favorite local trails are worth and give whatever amount is reasonable to help ensure the trails are available into perpetuity," said Helen Beall, Yampa Valley Community Foundation marketing manager, in a news release. "The social media challenge is a fun way to spread the word and capture the spirit of the fund and people who use and care about our trails."

Individuals are invited to participate in the social media challenge, or they may go directly to to donate. Donations from new donors made Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 will be matched, up to $5,000.

Contact Beall at 970-879-8632 or for more information.

Jump Start helps lower-income residents with energy efficiency

Modest to lower-income residents in Routt County who are in need of first-step home energy efficiency measures are encouraged to apply for a free Energy Efficiency Jump Start through a new program with the nonprofit Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

The program is open to residents who are living in drafty or energy-inefficient homes and provides starter services such as a furnace tune-up, programmable thermostats, hot water heater wrap and energy-saving LED bulbs. Residents also receive a free residential energy assessment and coaching toward energy savings and lower utility bills.

Energy Efficiency Jump Starts are available for a limited number of residents on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, applicants must earn less than 80 percent of the area median income, which equates to $44,480 before taxes for one person and $50,800 for two. Income will be verified via tax return documents.

Initial funding for the local program is made possible through Operation Round Up and the United Methodist Church Foundation. More funders are welcomed.

To apply, contact YVSC at 970-871-9299, ext. 104, or email