Steamboat briefs: Forest Service cautions visitors to national forests

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Recent rain has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to caution visitors to the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland of muddy roads.

“With the current weather system making road conditions less than ideal, we are asking forest users to be especially aware of where they are, where they are going, and to take their time in getting there,” Deputy Forest Supervisor Carolyn Upton said in a news release.

The Laramie Ranger District has closed Pine, Sugarloaf and Willow campgrounds because of high water levels. North Fork Campground also is being evaluated for possible closure, according to the release.

“Know the weather forecast in advance, and check with your local ranger district for current road status. Respect closures and use caution when approaching water crossings,” Upton said.

Current closure information can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/mbr or by calling the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District at 970-870-2299 or the Yampa Ranger District at 970-638-4516.

Entrepreneurship Center is hosting business plan contest

The Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center again is hosting a Business Plan Competition. In its second year, the program encourages well-written, comprehensive business plans to help solicit funding from investors or lenders and promote the vision of the business to partners, key employees and customers, according to a news release.

The city of Steamboat Springs is offering $10,000 for the creators of the winning business plan and $5,000 to the second-place plan. The winner also will receive three months of office space in the Entrepreneurship Center as well as other business education opportunities.

Plans are due by Monday to Randy Rudasics before they are presented in early October to a panel of judges including Yampa Valley SCORE business counselors and a regional business consultant. Guidelines, rules and judging criteria are available at www.coloradomtn.edu/yvec or by calling Rudasics at 970-870-4491.

Registration now is being accepted for teen programs

Registration for Middle School Teen Programs will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The following $100 programs are being offered:

■ Girls Reaching Out Wider: Learn about health, outdoor activities, leadership development, and arts and crafts. Weekly activities include pottery, jewelry making, self-defense, yoga, swimming, public speaking and community service projects. For girls in sixth through eighth grades. Session one will be held on Tuesdays from Tuesday through Oct. 29, and session two will be Tuesdays from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17.

■ Archery: Learn competition shooting using Genesis compound bows. The program will be offered Thursdays from Thursday to Oct. 24.

■ Babysitting training: Learn the business of babysitting, child development and correct techniques for playing with all ages of children as well as holding, changing and feeding infants and toddlers. This class also will include child and infant CPR and first aid. It will be held Mondays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 16.

Register by Monday at www.steamboatsprings.net/teen or at the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department, at 245 Howelsen Parkway. Some scholarships are available. Contact Kate Warnke at 970-879-4300 or kwarnke@steamboatsprings.net for more information.

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