News in Brief for Nov. 20

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LIFT-UP closed through Nov. 27 in order to move

The LIFT-UP Donation Center will remain closed through the Thanksgiving holiday for the moving process. The donation center will open at the new Lufkin Lift-Up Center on Nov. 28 at 2125 Curve Court. Call 879-3374.

ALS support group being formed by VNA

Anyone interested in joining an ALS support group is asked to call Katy Thiel of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 871-7628. The VNA is attempting to form a monthly support group.

Students arranging care packages for military

Steamboat Springs Middle and High School students are putting together care packages to send to U.S. military troops stationed overseas. Dubbed "Operation Sending Smiles," the students are seeking donations of money, prepackaged snacks, hot chocolate, coffee, beef jerky, trail mix, nuts, socks, long-sleeve shirts, blankets, movies (DVDs), music (CDs), magazines and prepaid calling cards (so troops can call home).

All donations can be dropped off at Johnny B. Good's in downtown Steamboat Springs. The students also plan to hold bake sales to raise money for the project. Call 736-8379.

Tree permits available for national forest

Christmas tree permits are now available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices, including the Steamboat Springs office, for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest system lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use and cannot be sold. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.

Some areas of the forest may be closed to tree cutting, so contact your nearest Forest Service office for more information. Cutting is prohibited in the Fish Creek Falls area and within the boundaries of the Steamboat Ski Area. Designated wilderness areas also are off limits. Other reminders: Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts and administrative sites; choose a tree that is growing with other trees in a cluster; maximum tree height is 20 feet; cut the tree 6 inches or less from the ground; do not cut boughs from other living trees.

Hayden offering youth hockey classes

Hayden Parks and Recreation is now offering Introduction to Youth Hockey. The class is Monday and Wednesday evenings in Craig. Classes for children 5 to 11 years old are from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Classes for children 12 and older are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call Chris Reilly at 620-0975 or the Hayden Parks and Recreation Department at 276-3741.

VNA helps residents quit snuff, tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is handing out free "spit quit kits" for anyone interested in ending their addiction to snuff. Call the VNA at 871-7639 for a free spit quit kit.

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