Steamboat briefs: Election Forum is Thursday at The Steamboat Grand

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The Election Forum — sponsored by the Steamboat Pilot & Today, the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors and the Routt County Democratic and Republican parties — has been slated for Thursday at The Steamboat Grand. This year’s forum will begin at 5 p.m. with a candidate meet-and-greet, followed at 6 p.m. by the forum, which will be moderated by Steamboat Pilot & Today Editor Lisa Schlichtman. Candidates running for the Steamboat Springs School Board, Steamboat Springs City Council and the Colorado Mountain College board of trustees will be participating. There also will be information presented on the various local and state issues that appear on the November ballot.

Seasonal park restrooms are closed for the season

Seasonal restrooms in parks across Steamboat Springs are being winterized and closed for the season, according to a news release. The closed locations include restrooms at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, the Howelsen Hill stables, Whistler Park, Dr. Rich Weiss Park and near the Howelsen Hill concession stand. Additional restrooms will be closed by Nov. 1, including locations at Emerald Park, West Lincoln Park and Little Toots Park.

Childbirth education class set for Tuesdays in January

A childbirth education class is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in January. The class covers giving birth naturally and seeks to provide academic and emotional preparation for birth. The cost is $110 per couple. To register or for more information, contact Tera Johnson-Swartz at 970-819-0728 or tera@organicknead.com. The registration deadline is Dec. 1.

Registration open for city middle school programs

Registration is open for the following middle school programs:

■ Teens on Tour: The program allows sixth- through eighth-graders to travel out of Steamboat Springs to experience recreation opportunities in the region. Past trips have included shopping trips, indoor climbing, arcades, laser tag, paintball and more. The next trip is Nov. 7 and 8. The cost is $100.

■ Girls Reaching out Wider: The program for sixth- to eighth-grade girls features education about health, outdoor adventures, resiliency skills, self-defense, leadership development and arts and crafts. Possible activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. The next session is Tuesdays from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17. The cost is $100.

Registration for these programs is open through Oct. 31 on a first come, first served basis. Register at www.steamboatsprings.net/teen or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department office, 245 Howelsen Parkway. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or kwarnke@steamboatsprings.net.

Hunters reminded not to commit common 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 only can 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, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/hunting/pages/hunting.aspx.

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.

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