Briefs for March 23

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Reward offered for vandalism information

The U.S. Forest Service is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible for burning signs at Fish Creek Falls. Forest Service officials said signs at the main kiosk at the Fish Creek Falls trailhead were burned twice -- once in January and again in early March. Officials think a Molotov cocktail was used to burn the signs.

The signs were damaged beyond repair and will cost $600 to replace, officials said.

"This money -- that comes from the public -- could better be used for constructive things such as cleaning the restrooms and maintaining trails," said Rachel Franchina, recreation manager for the Hahn's Peak/Bears Ranger District.

Forest Service officials also said people have lit bonfires in the Fish Creek Falls parking lots, broken glass and left trash. The parties have occurred after the day-use-only area is closed.

Anyone with information about the damage to the signs or other illegal activities is asked to call 879-1870.

Chili cook-off seeks judges, participants

The fourth annual Great North Routt Chili Cook-off is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Steamboat Lake Outfitters. Judges and chili cooks are sought. The categories for judging this year are green chili, red chili, open and dessert. The open category is for milder chilis, white chilis or soup.

If you would like to judge or participate, call Brian or Shaunna at 871-1979.

Schools' special education audit is March 30 and 31

A special education audit of the Steamboat Springs School District is scheduled for March 30 and 31. A parent focus group is from 7 to 8 p.m. March 30 in the Steamboat Springs High School's commons area. All parents who have children with disabilities enrolled in the school district are strongly encouraged to attend the focus group, which is part of the audit. Participants do not need to RSVP. Call Robin Tschider at 879-0391 or e-mail rtschider@nwboces.org for more information.

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