Christmas tree permits 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 clearly displayed 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.
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.
For more information, call the Steamboat Springs Forest Service Office at 970-870-2299.
Red Cross Mile High seeks nominations for heroes
The Red Cross Mile High Chapter is seeking nominations for Colorado heroes, who have performed heroic acts, saved lives or performed outstanding service to their country or community, according to a news release. Heroes will be honored in the following categories:
■ Disaster relief or response
■ Saving lives by administering CPR or using an AED
■ Military service or supporting those in the military
■ Preparing communities or individuals for the next disaster
■ International humanitarian service
Nominations must be submitted at www.redcross.org/Colorado-nominate by Dec. 10. Winners will be honored at the Century of Champions Red Cross Ball in March. For more information, call 303-607-4791.
Merry Mainstreet holiday celebration is on Dec. 14
The fifth annual Merry Mainstreet holiday celebration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event features open houses in the stores, caroling, visits with Santa and the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt in addition to the gingerbread house competition and the Santa Light Parade, for which entries are being accepted.
Entries in the parade must be lit and have a festive theme. There is no cost to enter the parade, but registration is required by contacting 970-846-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in participating in the gingerbread house competition are asked to contact Jenni DeFouw at email@example.com or 970-367-3037 with the theme and approximate base size of the house. Categories are available for adults and children.
The gingerbread houses will be on display beginning Dec. 9 and will be highlighted during the Merry Mainstreet celebration. Businesses interested in offering space to display the gingerbread houses can contact DeFouw for more information.
During the Dec. 14 event, Lincoln Avenue will be closed to traffic.
Winter Sports Club taking skis to be sold as fundraiser
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is collecting unwanted skis that will be turned into Christmas wreaths and sold for a fundraiser. Skis can be left on the trailer in the Howelsen Hill parking lot near the Dumpsters. See an example of the wreaths at www.skiwreaths.com.
Solandt Memorial Hospital offers well-being services
The Solandt Memorial Hospital aims to continually pay tribute to the memory of pioneer physician John Solandt by maintaining, preserving and using the community building in Hayden for health and well-being services that provide for the needs of the community.
Dr. Louise Thielen, of Steamboat Medical Group, is available from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Thielen can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-0203. Dr. Brian Harrington, of Yampa Valley Medical Associates, is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Harrington can be reached at 970-276-4270 or 970-879-3327. Bear River Dental services are offered starting at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Evening appointments are available by calling 970-276-3123. Mental health services are available through Jody Ginger, M.A., by calling 970-213-5418.
Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts needs volunteers
The Steamboat Springs Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers. For more information, contact Nancy Mucklow at 970-846-2630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.