Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Today seeking an editorial cartoonist

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Do you have a passion for local news and sports as well as a creative and artistic streak? The Steamboat Pilot & Today is seeking an editorial cartoonist who could provide a one-panel editorial cartoon on pertinent local topics twice a week. Contact Editor Brent Boyer at bboyer@steamboatpilot.com, 970-871-4221, or City Editor Blythe Terrell at bterrell@steamboatpilot.com, 970-871-4234.

Donations being accepted for West African village

Donations of used clothes, shoes, bikes, water filters and pumps, blankets and computers are needed for Sori Malé, Mauritania, in West Africa. A local Mauritanian is helping his home village. For more information, call 970-870-3069.

City Council will discuss off-leash dog parks Tuesday

A community/public discussion regarding the first reading of an ordinance designating off-leash dog parks is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs City Council meeting at Citizens Hall in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. The meeting starts at 5 p.m., and the ordinance is tenth on the agenda.

The City Council directed the Parks and Recreation Comm­ission to work with the public, Responsible Dog Ownership Group of Steamboat and the staff at Police Services and Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department to discuss the leash law, according to a city news release. An ordinance has been drafted.

The off-leash dog park ordinance designates the Spring Creek and Rita Valentine parks as off-leash areas. Aerial photos with boundaries, signage and parking will be available on the City of Steamboat Springs website this afternoon at http://steamboatsprings.net/city_council/council_meetings.

Boys & Girls Club to host middle school event Oct. 31

The Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs is hosting a Monster Mash for middle-schoolers from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Eighth Street Gym between Aspen Street and Pine Street. The event will include a costume contest, music from DJ Spooks, a fog machine and a light show. Admission is free, and free soda and popcorn will be provided. Donations are welcome. Call the club at 970-871-3160 with questions.

Ralph A. Cantafio set to reopen law office in Craig

The Law Offices of Ralph A. Cantafio have announced that they will reopen their law offices at 676 Yampa St. in Craig on Monday after having vacated that premises in 2008. For about two years, Craig clients have been serviced out of the office in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

The Law Offices of Ralph A. Cantafio is a general law office emphasizing litigation. Although all seven of the office’s lawyers will be willing to meet with Craig clients on an appointment-only basis in Craig, that office will be staffed primarily by Jay Cranmer, who emphasizes criminal and domestic representation; Elizabeth Wittemyer, who is fluent in Spanish and emphasizes immigration, domestic and criminal law; and Lindsey Bates, who emphasizes bankruptcy law. Call the office at 970-879-4567.

Mountain Film Festival now is accepting submissions

The eighth annual Steamboat Mountain Film Festival is accept­­­­ing film submissions until Oct. 25. All submissions must have been completed after Sept. 1, 2009.

The Reel Open category is open to adventure-themed films of any length. The category will be broken down into professional — a budget of more than $10,000 — or independent.

The Reel People category is for action sports films and includes awards for best powder, best line/performance and people’s choice. Film­makers must submit three- to five-minute clips in addition to their full-length films to be considered for these categories.

Entries can be in cassette or DVD format and can be delivered to the drop box in front of 310 Monson Hall at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus or mailed to Steamboat Mountain Film Festival, c/o festival organizer Michael Martin, P.O. Box 882322, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488. Call 970-870-9676 for more information.

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