Summit County giving briefs: SAR offers homeowners fire mitigation resources |

Summit County giving briefs: SAR offers homeowners fire mitigation resources

Summit County will begin its annual wood-chipping program June 15. Slash piles should be 5-by-5-feet and should not contain any construction materials.
Courtesy Dan Schroder / CSU Extension

SAR offers homeowners fire mitigation resources

With Summit County’s annual chipping program kicking off June 27, several local entities will cooperate to help homeowners remove slash from their yards. In addition to its informational wildfire mailer, sent out to 12,000 homeowners each summer, the Summit Association of Realtors will offer hands-on assistance to locals who need help bringing the piles of slash to the curb.

“We’ll have gaggles of Realtors out helping locals who cannot physically move wood to the street for the chipping program,” Summit Association of Realtors CEO Sarah Thorsteinson said.

This year, the 501(c)6 nonprofit will also launch a small defensible space grant program for locals who would like to mitigate their property, but don’t have the needed resources.

The grant program would be directed at locals, bringing in $250 to $1,000 grants to help cover the cost of tree removal, trimming and other mitigation efforts.

“That could make a huge difference if it’s going to cost $20,000 to mitigate a property,” Thorsteinson said.

To qualify, property owners must first get a free defensible space evaluation from one of the local fire departments. After the grant is received and mitigation work is done, the fire department will return to ensure the area has been properly mitigated.

Silverthorne Restore to move

The Habitat for Humanity Restore will move one mile away in Silverthorne to a new, larger location. The store will move at the end of the month to its new location at the Bighorn Shopping Plaza at 1291 Blue River Parkway.

“We were just able to take advantage of a good opportunity,” store manager Ed Williams said. “We’ve just had tremendous support from the community in giving us donations. We’ve just become overwhelmed.”

The larger space will not only be able to show more furniture, but will also have easier access for customers with more parking spaces. The store will host a grand opening at its new location on July 1, with a cookout, giveaways and specials.

Local photographer presents work for P.E.O Fundraiser

Local photographer Bill Linfield will present a slideshow called “Summit County and Beyond,” featuring Summit County landscapes and wildlife, as well as areas beyond Colorado. The slideshow will be at Dillon Community Church on Thursday, June 23 from 7-9 p.m. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door at by calling (970) 389-6915. All proceeds will go to the local P.E.O. chapter for scholarships to local women seeking to continue their education.

Breckenridge hosts Mountain Cleanup Day

Breckenridge Ski Resort and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District invite community volunteers to support spring cleaning at the resort for Mountain Cleanup Day on Thursday, June 23. Coffee, donuts and a free BBQ lunch will be provided before and after the event.

To participate, sign up ahead of time online at Registered volunteers may check in between 9 and 9:30 a.m. on June 23 at the Ski Hill Grill patio at the base of Peak 8, where a free lunch will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The BreckConnect Gondola will be running starting at 8 a.m. for Mountain Cleanup Day and parking is free in the North Gondola Lot. Volunteers will also receive an activity voucher for the Breck Alpine Super Slide or GoldRunner Coaster one time by Aug. 31.

Bring sunscreen, plenty of water and working gloves. Canned food items will be accepted for donation to the Family and Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC).

FIRC seeks parents, facilitators for leadership training

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) is bringing a new program to Summit County to develop stronger parents and leaders within our community. The Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) is a 20-week class, which helps participants develop the skills to make their communities healthier, cleaner, safer and better learning environments for children.

“We are incredibly excited to offer this curriculum for parents and guardians in Summit County,” FIRC executive director Tamara Drangstveit said in a statement. “We believe that it will provide a transformative experience for people who have not had the opportunity to learn about our civic structures, and we want to provide Summit County with the opportunity to embrace culturally diverse leaders. “

Program graduates spend more than 120 hours to develop skills needed to become effective leaders in their communities. Once recruited and accepted in to the program, participants attend a 20-week curriculum that integrates personal and child development, leadership training, civic literacy and civic participation skills. The curriculum includes four components: an initial retreat, two 10-week sessions that focus on knowledge about the change process, skill building, and tools of civic engagement; and a community project.

Applications due by July 1, with interviews scheduled 30 days prior to class starting. This opportunity is only offered to 25 participants who are screened and selected based on their availability and readiness. Consideration is also given to how their participation will enhance diversity, strength and learning for the group as a whole. FLTI course is offered free of charge.

The class will run September-March on Monday evenings from 5-9 p.m. People who have experience facilitating culturally diverse groups are encouraged to contact FIRC. The class will be taught in English. FIRC is currently recruiting contracted facilitators and anyone interested in the paid position should contact Natalia at (970) 455-0228 or email

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