Steamboat briefs: Some ski area trails to close

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From Monday to Friday and from Sept. 21 to 25, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will close some summer trails while it tests an experimental method to dispose of slash piles left behind by logging operations. The ski area removed trees killed by the mountain pine beetle this summer.

The parking lot at the top of Burgess Creek Road near the Thunderhead Express ski lift, the disc golf course, and sections of the Zig Zag bike trail and Thunderhead hiking trails will be closed. Access to the mountain will remain open via the Yoo Hoo and Valley View trails, as well as Creekside to the upper portion of Zig Zag.

The ski area is working with the Colorado State Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service to test a new method for disposing of slash known as mastication. As its name suggests, the process involves grinding up slash. Unlike wood chipping, however, the process leaves the forest floor in a condition that promotes regrowth. It also provides an alternative to burning in smoke-sensitive areas. As the Rocky Mountain West deals with an unprecedented mountain pine beetle epidemic, slash disposal is a major challenge.

The trail closures are necessary because mastication is a dangerous process that can send debris as far as 300 feet.

Partners' Java & Jazz fundraiser is today

Java & Jazz, the annual fundraiser for Partners in Routt County, is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Lake Catamount Clubhouse. The event features specialty coffee drinks, wine, live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and are available at All That Jazz and at the door. All proceeds benefit Partners, a local, nonprofit youth-mentoring agency. For more information, call 970-879-6141 or visit www.partnersrouttcounty.org.

Advocates holds training for volunteers this month

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities is holding a volunteer training that began last week. The training is 25 hours and prepares volunteers to respond to Advocates' 24-hour crisis line. The training process takes four to six weeks to complete. Advocates Building Peaceful Communities offers support, advocacy, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence. Volunteers are asked to take two or three shifts a month. Call Amelia at 879-2034.

Bust of Steamboat seeks sponsors for fundraiser

The Bust of Steamboat is looking for presenting sponsors for the eighth annual Bust of Steamboat on Oct. 30 at Three Peaks Bar and Grill. Sponsorships are available at all levels and may include tickets to the auction, your business featured on the event poster and in the evening's auction program, and display advertising.

The Bust of Steamboat is organized by the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, a completely volunteer organization where 100 percent of the funds stay local and help pay for mammograms, wellness exams and treatment in the fight against breast cancer. For more information on how to get involved, call Deb Curd at 846-5696. Visit www.thebustofsteamboat.org for more information.

Convertibles needed for homecoming parade

Convertibles are needed for the Steamboat Springs High School Homecoming Parade on Oct. 9. If you can help, call Lucianne Myhre at 871-3623.

Library offering space to show collections

Bud Werner Memorial Library has display space available to feature your unique, historical or artistic collections. Share a story about your trip around the world, your community project or your nonprofit organization. For details, call Karen at the library at 879-0240, ext. 306.

Newspaper Editorial Board seeks new members

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper's Editorial Board.

Readers interested in serving on the Editorial Board should send a letter of 500 words or less expressing their interest to Brent Boyer at bboyer@steamboatpilot.com.

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