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Yampa River Health Assessment workshop slated for Monday

The city of Steamboat Springs is hosting its first Community Workshop on the Yampa River Health Assessment & Streamflow Management Plan on Monday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave.
Participants will be asked to share what is important to them about the health of the Yampa River and offer ideas on action types that will preserve this community's valued resource.  To stay up-to-date on meeting and presentation schedules, sign up to receive notifications, schedule interviews or learn more about the project, visit steamboatsprings.net/yampariver.

Routt County Clerk's Office offers information about voting process

Ballots must be received by the Routt County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voters are reminded to use black ink and color in the circles completely when voting the ballot.
In addition to mailing in ballots, voters can also drop off their ballots at the following locations.
■ 24-hour secure ballot box in alley behind Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat.
■ Clark Store, Hayden Town Hall, Oak Creek Town Hall and Yampa Town Hall during normal business hours.
■ Routt County Clerk's Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, through Monday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone who has not received a ballot should call Routt County Elections at 970-870-5558. Voters can track their ballot by signing up for free mail ballot tracking at routtcounty.ballottrax.net. This countywide service sends confirmation to a voter when a ballot is mailed to the voter and when the voted ballot is received by the Routt County Clerk's Office.

Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests to begin pile burning

As temperatures cool and days shorten, fire personnel on the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming are beginning preparation for slash pile burning.
Hundreds of piles are estimated to remain on the two national forests, even after many years of this type of work. Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke, as many piles will be burned near communities, travel routes, and popular recreation areas. The burning of highly visible piles will be advertised closer to the date of ignition and questions should be directed to local Ranger District offices.
"Burning piles remains a staple in our annual program of work," said Jay Miller, fire management officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, in a news release. "It is a good way to remove undesirable fuels, and our staff is experienced in this area."
The main objective of the pile burns is to reduce the remaining dead fuels, which is in the best interest of long-term public safety.
Fire managers will monitor weather forecasts before igniting piles. Burns are only initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Smoke from all prescribed fires is closely monitored to ensure that the conditions for smoke dispersal are being met.

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