News in brief for Nov. 17

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Forest Service restricts Buffalo Pass Road

U.S. Forest Service officials have closed Buffalo Pass Road to automobiles from the gate just below Dry Lake. Officials said they are concerned cars that drive past the gate will get stuck in snow. The road is open to snowmobiles, but officials remind snowmobilers that it is illegal to use the machines on less than 12 inches of snow to protect forest vegetation.

For more information, visit the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District Office, 925 Weiss Drive, in Steamboat Springs, or call 879-1870.

Salvation Army seeking volunteers to ring bells

The Salvation Army will start its annual bell-ringing campaign Nov. 25. Anyone interested in volunteering for a one-hour shift is asked to call Sharon at 846-8257 or Debbie at 879-8192.

Festival of Trees being held through Sunday

The Tread of Pioneers Museum's 11th annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by First National Bank of Steamboat Springs, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday. Festival and museum admission is free to Routt County residents. Call 879-2214.

Basketball, soccer league meetings to be held

The Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreation Department will host adult basketball and coed indoor soccer league meetings at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively, Dec. 5 in the Steamboat Springs Community Center, adjacent to Bud Werner Memorial Library. Information about league fees, season schedules, rules and the registration process will be provided. Call 879-4300.

Christmas tree, firewood permits are available

Permits to cut firewood and Christmas trees in the Routt National Forest are available at U.S. Forest Service offices in Steamboat Springs, Yampa, Walden and Kremmling. A Forest Service employee also will be at the Bureau of Land Management office in Craig from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 23.

Firewood permits are $20 for two cords of fuel wood. Permits are required for every pickup and trailer load of wood removed from the forest. Christmas tree permits are $10 a tree. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees are for personal use only and cannot be resold.

For more information, call the Forest Service office in Steamboat Springs at 870-1870, the Yampa office at 638-4516, the Walden office at (970) 723-8204 or the Kremmling office at (970) 724-3060.

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