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Community Christmas crèche on display from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday

The Steamboat Springs congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a community Christmas creche display for the community from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the chapel, 1155 Central Park Drive.
Yampa Valley residents are invited to view an assortment of Nativity creche scenes, listen to Christmas music and enjoy appetizers and desserts. There will be a visit from Santa at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Visitors are welcome to come and go throughout the evening. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to benefit LiftUp of Routt County.

4 Steamboat novelists finish NaNoWriMo with 50K words

Bud Werner Memorial Library and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore once again sponsored National Novel Writing Month for local writers to write a 50,000-word novel during 30 days of November. Fondly known as NaNoWriMo, eight local aspiring writers pursued the lofty goal of writing an entire novel on top of their busy work, family and holiday obligations throughout the month. Four Steamboat Springs writers hit the 50,000-word victory mark. They included Aleta Appling, Avery Cavender, Allison Plean and Angela Worthen. Interested novelists for 2018 should visit the official NaNoWriMo website at nanowrimo.org to learn more about the national program and visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more about local NaNoWriMo events and support.

BLM evaluates oil, gas proposal in region; public input sought

Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments as it considers offering 64 parcels totaling 58,694 acres of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the June 2018 competitive oil and gas lease sale.
"The BLM supports working landscapes across the West through its various multiple-use programs like oil and gas. We manage public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, and we welcome diverse views," said BLM Colorado Northwest District Manager Andrew Archuleta in a news release. "The most effective comments will address issues and concerns specific to these parcels being considered."
The proposal includes 8,480 acres in Jackson County, 23,192 acres in Moffat County, 25,582 acres in Rio Blanco County and 1,440 acres in Routt County. Maps and lease stipulations are available for review at go.usa.gov/xnxwr.
Comments need to be received by Jan. 8, 2018. They should be e-mailed to  blm_co_june_2018_lease_sale@blm.gov or mailed to the White River Field Office, Attn: June 2018 Lease Sale, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.
The State of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds from each mineral lease sale and from mineral royalties, with the remainder going to the U.S. government. In fiscal year 2016, oil and gas activity on BLM Colorado-managed lands and minerals generated $2.9 billion in economic output and generated 13,620 jobs.