Steamboat briefs: Annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday at CMC

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The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s annual Holiday Dessert Bake-Off is Monday in the Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave.

Dessert categories include pies, cakes, cookies and miscellaneous desserts, and a panel of community judges will determine the winner of each dessert category in addition to best presentation.

A Community Coffee and Dessert Tasting Open House with Editor Lisa Schlichtman will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the CMC auditorium. Those who attend can vote for community choice. Winners will be featured in the Steamboat Holiday Guide available Nov. 29. For more information, call 970-871-4243.

Church to serve as collection point for Christmas program

Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane, will serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child again this year. Through Operation Christmas Child, Steamboat Springs residents will help send more than 100 million shoe box gifts to needy children in more than 130 countries. The boxes will be filled with Christmas gifts including school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement.

Steamboat residents are asked to pack their own boxes and drop them off at the church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to Nov. 25. A $7 check also should be included to cover shipping costs.

Learn more about filling a box at www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC. For more information about collection of the boxes, call the church office at 970-879-0175 or Marvin Lindsey at 970-871-4770.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area passes now are on sale

The Howelsen Hill Ski Area season passes are on sale at the Howelsen Hill concession stand, according to a city of Steamboat Springs news release.

Concession stand hours during November will be as follows: 3 to 7 p.m. from today to Friday; 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; and 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

Howelsen Hill and the Nordic trails will open Nov. 30 conditions permitting.

The concession stand will continue to sell passes during normal operating hours during the season. Prices will increase $30 on Dec. 2.

The new pass structure this year includes an Alpine pass, a Nordic pass and the third option of a combined pass, which offers access to both the lifts and the Nordic trails. Price breakdowns can be found online at www.steamboatsprings.net/ski.

For more information, call 970-879-8499.

Seedling sale orders are being accepted in Routt

Orders are being accepted for the Routt County Conservation District’s annual seedling sale. Download an oder form at www.tinyurl.com/k2ju6rs, where information about the types of trees and costs can be found. For more information, contact morgan.moss@routtcountycd.com or 970-879-3225, ext. 107.

Parks and Wildlife board OKs fishing regulations

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission approved 2014 fishing regulations during its November meeting in Lamar, according to a news release. The new regulations:

■ Add tiger trout and cutbow to the list of game fish and apply daily bag and possession limits for those species.

■ Restrict fishing methods and harvest on designated cutthroat trout conservation waters in the state.

■ Encourage harvest by removing bag and possession limits on brown trout on the Dolores River below the Bradfield Bridge, on yellow perch at Spinney Mountain Reservoir and on walleye in Stagecoach Reservoir.

The regulations take effect April 1 along with the start of the fishing license year. 

VNA offers vaccines for uninsured/undersinsured

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $21.50 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 $21.50 fee through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program. Apply for the program by scheduling an appointment.

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. College students younger than 22 who received a vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster.

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

Parks and Wildlife warns about possible violations

Every hunting season, officers for Colorado Parks and Wildlife hand out thousands of tickets for violations that cost hunters hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a news release.

Following are some of the more common violations that occur every year:

■ Not wearing fluorescent orange

■ Carrying loaded firearms in or on vehicles

■ Shooting from a road

■ License not voided: After you kill an animal, you must void the license immediately. 

■ Improperly attached carcass tag: The carcass tag must be attached to the animal.

■ No evidence of sex: Be sure to leave evidence of sex naturally attached to the carcass. Evidence includes the head, the vulva or the scrotum.

■ Waste of game meat: Even in cold weather, a carcass should not hang outside for more than 36 hours.

■ Shooting a spike-antlered elk: Be sure of your target. If you are not absolutely sure, do not shoot.

■ Illegally tagging an animal: You can only place a tag on an animal that you shot. You cannot trade tags with other license holders or use tags of other license holders. 

For more information about hunting in Colorado, go to www.wildlife.state.co.us/HUNTING/Pages/Hunting.aspx.

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