Briefs for May 26

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Women's mountain bike clinic at 6 p.m. June 1

The first women's mountain bike clinic of the season starts at 6 p.m. June 1 at Orange Peel. The free clinics will run opposite the Wednesdays of Town Challenge races. The topic for the first session will be climbing. Riders of all ability levels are welcome.

Steamboat 4-H Club hosts charity horseback ride

The Steamboat 4-H Club will host the 10th annual charity horseback ride to benefit St. Jude Research Hospital at 9 a.m. June 18. The ride travels from the Red Dirt Trailhead on Routt County Road 129 to Strawberry Park Hot Springs, where lunch is served and discounted admission to the pools is available. The ride then returns to C.R. 129. Call 879-2968.

Permit needed for

large-group activities

U.S. Forest Service officials are reminding people that all commercial and noncommercial events involving 75 or more people must have a permit to use national forest land. The Forest Service is not issuing any new commercial permits for outfitters until a capacity study is completed to determine how to best manage such uses in the Routt National Forest.

However, noncommercial events, such as recreational activities, races and family reunions, of 75 people or more can get permits on a case-by-case basis. Groups of fewer than 75 people should inform the Forest Service of their event so that officials can help find the best place for the event, provide guidance on access and coordinate with other events to avoid conflicts.

Permit requests should be submitted to the Forest Service by Aug. 15 for winter events and by Feb. 15 for summer events. Call 879-1870.

Marathon will cause

several road closures

The 24th annual Steamboat Marathon will cause several road closures June 5. From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., the westbound lane of Lincoln Avenue will be closed, along with Fifth through 11th streets between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street. Parts of C.R. 129 also will be closed. Northbound traffic will be diverted into the southbound lane from C.R. 44 to Cullens Corner, and southbound traffic will be diverted onto C.R. 44 at Cullens Corner and follow it back to C.R. 129 near Steamboat Springs Airport. From Cullens Corner to the start of the half-marathon, only one lane of C.R. 129 will be open. Drivers are encouraged to avoid C.R. 129 if possible on race day to avoid traffic delays.

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