Briefs for May 31, 2005

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Forest Service requires permits for some activities

U.S. Forest Service officials remind people that all commercial uses and noncommercial events involving 75 people or more 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. Call 879-1870.

Entries sought for second Mountain Chili Festival

The second annual Mountain Chili Festival, hosted by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is looking for participants to cook their favorite chili recipes. This summer's festival will take place July 30 at the base of the ski area. The entry fee is $25 and prizes include airline tickets, a spa package at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and a destination vacation. Chili categories are either red or green with prizes for each. Call 871-5336.

Volunteers needed to help judge classic muscle cars

Volunteers are needed to judge more than 400 classic Mustang cars during the 17th annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup. The judging will take place from 9 a.m. to noon June 18. No experience is necessary and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Call 879-0882, ext. 208, or stop by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, 1255 S. Lincoln Ave.

Dance scholarship applications due June 1

Steamboat Dance Theatre is soliciting applications for its dance scholarship program. The scholarships range from $25 to $300 and are available to students on a confidential, financial-need basis. Applications may be submitted by students, parents or instructors and should be sent to Steamboat Dance Theatre, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs CO, 80477, or faxed to 871-8844. Applications for summer scholarships are due Wednesday.

Local art vendors wanted for Art on the Mountain

Local art vendors to being sought to participate in any of the fourth annual Art on the Mountain shows this summer. The shows will be held on July Fourth weekend, July 30 and 31, August 6 and 7, Labor Day weekend and Sept. 10. The cost is $75 for a 10-by-10-foot booth. Shows take place at the base of the ski area in Gondola Square. Call 871-5315.

Master gardeners making house calls through June

The master gardeners of Routt County are offering home visits to address residents' horticultural needs.

Any resident in any part of the county can call to get help on questions such as why tree is dying and what sorts of plants grow would grow well in a yard. The visits are free and available Thursday mornings through June. Call 879-0825.

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