Steamboat briefs: Ski area closes trails to dispose of slash piles

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— From Monday to Friday, 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 flying as far as 300 feet.

Tread of Pioneers Museum seeks award nominations

The Leckenby and Larson Awards Committee, associated with the Tread of Pioneers Museum, is seeking nominations for two awards that honor people who have enriched the quality of life in Routt County. The Leckenby Pioneer Award is given to a living person in Routt County, and the Stanley L. Larson Award is given posthumously. Nominations can be mailed to Tread of Pioneers Museum, P.O. Box 772372 / 800 Oak St., Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, or e-mailed to topmuseum@springsips.com by Wednesday. Call 879-2214 for details including nomination criteria.

Bust of Steamboat looking for sponsors

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 about how to get involved, call Deb Curd at 846-5696. Visit www.thebustofsteamboat.org for more information.

Care providers needed for Respite Program

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is seeking care providers for its Respite Program. Respite Program care providers are made available for hire to help as needed for families of children with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. Care providers also can participate in programs such as Kids' Night Out.

The Yampa Valley Autism Program is looking for individuals who have experience with children of special needs. CPR and first aid certifications can be provided if not certified. An hourly rate is provided to all caregivers. Call Kristin at 970-870-4263, or e-mail kristinpiro@gmail.com.

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