Steamboat briefs: Author seeking historic hot springs photos, stories

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A Steamboat Springs author is looking for stories and memories about good times had at Steamboat’s hot springs or mineral springs for a new book. Photos also are welcome, and credit will be given in the book. Contact 970-846-6768 or email dagny@undiscoveredearth.com.

Forest Trail 1101 near Dumont Lake is closed

A section of Forest Trail 1101 near Dumont Lake in Routt National Forest will be closed during rehabilitation work on the Four Counties Ditch, according to a news release. The trail will be closed from Dumont Lake to Base Camp Road (Forest Road 311) through the fall as well as part of next year for wetlands rehabilitation work, according to the release. Multiple projects are taking place in the area, including repairs to the Muddy Creek dam on Dumont Lake. The Dumont Lake day-use area and picnic site are closed while the dam is being repaired. For more information, call the Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District at 970-870-2299 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

Board of Realtors in need of volunteers, donations

The Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors is in need of volunteers and food donations for its annual Community Christmas Dinner, which is from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 25 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. Those interested in helping are asked to call Niffy at 970-846-6293 or to visit www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0844AEA923A75-2012.

Christmas tree permits are available from local offices

Christmas tree permits now are available at all Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest offices in Colorado and Wyoming for $10. Each permit allows for the cutting of one tree on national forest land. There is a limit of five permits per household.

Trees must be for personal use and cannot be resold. The permit must be displayed clearly around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area. Some areas of the forest are closed to tree cutting or may be difficult to access, so contact the local Forest Service office for specific site information, including the status of roads. Designated wilderness areas — including the Flat Tops, Mount Zirkel, Rawah, Neota and Never Summer wilderness areas — are off-limits to cutting, as is Steamboat Ski Area and the Fish Creek Falls Recreation Area.

Other regulations include:

■ Trees cannot be cut within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas or designated wilderness areas.

■ Choose a tree that is growing in a cluster with other trees. Do not choose the “perfect” tree that stands alone. The forest environment benefits by thinning the clusters and allowing the strong trees to remain and provide for a healthy genetic source for the future forest.

■ Maximum tree height is 20 feet.

■ Cut tree 6 inches or less above the ground, or below the lowest living branch, whichever is lower. If one living branch is left on the stump, the tree will continue to grow, though it probably will become deformed and encourage disease.

Call the Steamboat Springs Forest Service office on Weiss Drive at 970-870-2299.

Horizons group is seeking mentors and volunteers

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking caring, committed volunteers for individual mentors as well as people who enjoy group activities such as gardening, swimming, dancing and community events. For more information, call Tommy Larson at 970-879-4466, ext. 115. Horizons works in partnership with families and communities to expand opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Visiting Nurse Association offers $14 vaccinations

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $14 immunizations for adults who are uninsured/underinsured including measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, chicken pox, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B.

The VNA also is offering a vaccine for shingles. Adults ages 60 and older who are low income and uninsured may qualify to receive the vaccine for a $14 fee through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend being vaccinated against meningitis for youths ages 11 to 18 as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college.

To schedule an appointment, call 970-879-1632.

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