Steamboat briefs: DOW looking for Emerald Mountain deer poachers

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— Colorado Division of Wildlife officers are looking for help in identifying suspects thought to be responsible for killing two deer and leaving them to waste on Emerald Mountain late last week.

The deer were found Sunday along the Ben Beall Trail on the south side of Emerald Mountain, accessible via Routt County Road 45. DOW wildlife manager Danielle Domson said the deer were within 5 or 10 yards of the trail, and about 100 yards apart. She said they likely were killed either Friday or Saturday. The same hikers who found the deer also hiked the trail Thursday, she said, and the deer were not there at the time.

The DOW is offering a reward for any information that leads to the conviction of the hunter or hunters.

Domson said the area is a legal hunting area, but the shooter could be charged with several violations depending on the circumstances of the kill. At the very minimum, the hunter would be charged with wasting the animals, punishable by $100 and 15 points against a hunting and fishing license for each deer.

Once hunters have 20 points on their license within any five-year period, they must go before a hearing board and face the possibility of having hunting and fishing licenses suspended.

Domson said that if the same person killed both deer, he or she also could be charged with taking an illegal deer, a charge that carries a $700 fine and another 15 points.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the DOW office at 970-871-2855.

Haunted Forest now open nightly through Halloween

A Haunted Forest is open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. nightly through Halloween, which is Sunday, at 1480 Pine Grove Road in the fenced lot behind Safeway. Admission costs $10 through Thursday and $13 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Billed as “an exceptionally creepy walk thru the woods,” the Haunted Forest also features photographers, who will shoot photos of customers in the forest. The photos will be available for purchase.

Speed networking event is today at Sweetwater Grill

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association presents a speed networking event from 3 to 4 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill on Yampa Street. The cost is $5 for Chamber members and $15 for nonmembers. E-mail RSVP@steamboatchamber.com or call 970-875-7000 to reserve a spot.

Steamboat’s Teens on Tour registration ends Thursday

The city of Steamboat Springs is accepting registrations for its Teens on Tour Trip to Denver, for students in sixth through eighth grades, on Nov. 4 to 5. Registration costs $100 and ends at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The trip includes shopping at Flatiron Crossing Mall, swimming at Springhill Suites Marriott, laser tag, bumper boats, go karts, arcade games, mini golf, pizza buffet for dinner at Boondocks Fun Center, Denver Nature & Science Museum, Hubble 3-D IMAX, and lunch at T-Rex Cafe.

The registration fee covers transportation, activity fees, dinner Nov. 4, breakfast and lunch Nov. 5 and hotel accommodations. Participants must bring a sack lunch for Nov. 4.

Registration forms are available at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Office at 245 Howelsen Parkway, or on the city’s website at http://steamboatsprings.net, through parks and recreation links. Call Joelle Hamm at 970-879-4300, ext. 305.

Fraud detection workshop Wednesday at CMC campus

Colorado Mountain College’s Small Business Development Center, Colorado Workforce Center and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association host a free workshop, “How To Detect Fraudulent Documents,” from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Centennial Hall on 10th Street. Steve Turza, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will lead the workshop to help employers understand Colorado requirements for verification of eligibility for newly hired employees. Contact the Steamboat office of the Colorado Workforce Center to reserve a spot. Call 970-879-3075, fax 970-879-3547, or e-mail bbradbury@cwfc.net or jacquelyn.mitchell@cwfc.net.

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