Steamboat briefs: Chamber seeks volunteers for 2012 Wild West Air Fest

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The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association needs volunteers to help with the Wild West Air Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Those who are interested should call Maren McCutchan at 970-457-4529.

Save the date for Sisters in Steamboat weekend 

The fourth annual Sisters in Steamboat weekend is planned for Oct. 12 to 14. Women are encouraged to invite their sisters, moms and friends to join them in Steamboat for a weekend of parties, enrichment workshops, activities, dining and shopping. This year’s theme is “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Morning workshops Oct. 13 will run the gamut of personal enrichment categories from journaling and nutrition to tours, creative dabbling and more. Attendees will be encouraged to wear 1980s attire to the Oct. 13 party at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Proceeds from the Chic Chance drawing ticket sales and the live auction for a Fat Tire cruiser bike will benefit the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project. For updates, follow visit the event's Facebook page or check www.sistersinsteamboat.com. Call Mainstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett with questions at 970-846-1800.

US Forest Service urges caution in national forest

The U.S. Forest Service is reminding Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest visitors about a few items for their safety and the protection of resources.

Protect yourself from falling trees:

■ Be aware of your surroundings and avoid dense patches of dead trees that can fall without warning.

■ Stay out of the forest when there are strong winds that could blow down trees. If you already are in the forest when winds pick up, head to a clearing out of reach of any potential falling trees.

■ Place tents and park vehicles in areas where they will not be hit if a tree falls.

■ When driving in remote areas of the forest, park close to a main road rather than on a spur or one-way section. If trees fall across the road, you may be trapped.

■ Bring an ax or chain saw to remove fallen trees from roads in case you become trapped.

■ Do not rely on cellphones for safety as there is no coverage in many areas.

For more information, contact your local Forest Service office or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

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