Steamboat briefs: Forest officials ticketed 6 snowmobilers last weekend

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Routt National Forest officials last weekend ticketed six people for riding snowmobiles in wilderness areas, with fees totaling more than $3,000, according to a news release.

Motorized equipment is illegal in wilderness areas.

“Every winter, there are a lot of snowmobilers trespassing into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness, especially just north of Buffalo Pass,” Kent Foster, of the Hahn’s Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, said in the release.

The release stated that there are boundary signs in problem areas and maps at winter trailheads that show areas closed to snowmobiles.

“We make the effort to inform riders, but ultimately, it is their responsibility to know where they are and to avoid taking their machines into the wilderness,” Foster said in the release.

The fine for riding snowmobiles in wilderness areas ranges from $525 to $5,000, up to six months in jail and the forfeiture of snowmobiles, according to the release.

For maps or more information about winter recreation opportunities, contact the Forest Service offices in Steamboat Springs at 970-870-2299, Walden at 970-723-8204 or Yampa at 970-638-4516. Information also is available at www.fs.usda.gov/mbr.

2013 Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival news

The 100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival takes place through Sunday.

■ All registrations for this year’s Winter Carnival street events for children Saturday and Sunday will be handled at www.steamboatchamber.com/streeteventregistration. For more information, call 970-875-7005.

■ Because of Winter Carnival street events, vehicles parked overnight along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs tonight will be towed. Winter Carnival street events are from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday.

■ Blackmer Drive on Emerald Mountain will be closed from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday during the Winter Carnival fireworks display.

■ Winter Carnival volunteers are needed, including people to sell Winter Carnival buttons at 5:45 p.m. today. Got to www.sswsc.org and click on the Volunteer Spot icon to sign up.

■ The Winter Carnival flash mob will be at 6:30 p.m. today during the Night Extravaganza and again before the fireworks at the base of Howelsen Hill. It also will be Sunday during the Diamond Hitch Parade. Meet at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue and join the parade when the music begins. A YouTube video titled 2013 Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival Flash Mob teaches the dance, and organizers would like to remind participants that the dance starts to the left. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xwrp6yT3Mmg)

Emerald Mountain School will host session for parents

Emerald Mountain School will host information sessions for parents who want to learn more about the school’s programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Sessions are from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday. Call 970-879-8081 for more information.

Casino Night fundraiser is set for 7:30 p.m. March 9

The Family Development Center’s annual Casino Night fundraiser is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. March 9 at The Steamboat Grand.

The evening includes Vegas-style games including poker, roulette, craps and Texas hold ‘em from 8 to 11 p.m. and a silent auction from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include $300 worth of chips. Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Space Station, Christy Sports in Central Park Plaza and through Discovery Learning Center parents.

Proceeds benefit the Discovery Learning Center, Child Care Network and Newborn Network and will be used for professional development for staff, an outdoor building block and storage center, and scholarship programs.

Volunteer dealers are needed to help with blackjack, Texas Hold’em and roulette. Training will be provided March 9. Those who are interested are asked to call 970-879-5973, ext. 11.

Cash and merchandise donations also are needed. To contribute or for more information, contact Colleen Miller at 970-879-5973, ext. 10, or admin@familydevelopmentcenter.org.

Mainstreet seeks funds for summer flower baskets

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs has received about one-third of the money needed to fund summer flower baskets along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs, but more donations are needed.

The group is seeking donations of $25 or more. Those who are interested in helping are asked to contact Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or tracy@mainstreetsteamboat.com.

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