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Routt County children invited to write letters to Santa Claus

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Main Street Steamboat are partnering to collect Dear Santa letters from children during the holiday season. Kids are invited to drop off their letters to Santa at the Santa Hut, located on the front lawn of Bank of the West on Lincoln Avenue, or at the newspaper office, 1901 Curve Plaza. Letters can also be emailed to Editor Lisa Schlichtman at lschlichtman@steamboattoday.com. Letters must be dropped off or emailed by Dec. 18 for publication in the Dec. 24 issue.

BLM's Northwest Resource Advisory Council meets Dec. 7 

The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Resource Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Clarion Inn in Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13. The public comment periods are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Agenda items include a discussion of the Upper Colorado River Management Plan, northwestern Colorado grazing overview, fire season review, field office updates and a discussion of RAC involvement in 2018.

The Northwest Colorado RAC meets multiple times a year in northwestern Colorado. It is one of several citizen advisory councils to BLM Colorado. Its 15 members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and represent a broad range of public land interests, including environmental, local government, wild horse and burro, and commercial activity.

The Northwest RAC advises the BLM Colorado Northwest District, which includes the Colorado River Valley, Kremmling, Little Snake and White River field offices.

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US Forest Service seeks public comment on sage grouse plan

The U.S. Forest Service published a Notice of Intent to seek comments on the sage-grouse plan amendments that were adopted in 2015.

After two years of implementing the sage-grouse plans, the Forest Service is seeking public comment about how well plans are working or where they may be improved. Using public comments, the Forest Service will consider the possibility of amending some, all, or none of the Forest Service land management plans that were amended or revised in 2015 regarding greater sage-grouse conservation.

The Forest Service's action follows a recent Bureau of Land Management NOI asking for public comment on the existing land use plans, which were developed in close cooperation with the Forest Service. The Forest Service has committed to continue to work with the BLM in future analyses and will attempt to align any identified solutions with the Bureau while allowing for differences between missions of various agencies.

Northwest Colorado Health set to host Celebration of Light

Community members are invited to celebrate the holidays and honor the memories of loved ones during the Celebration of Light, which will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive.

Individuals of all ages are welcome to release a sky lantern, decorate ornaments and enjoy light refreshments, cookies and hot chocolate. Sky lantern release will be at 6 p.m. There will also be a special activity for children.

This event is hosted by Northwest Colorado Health. Call 970-846-8319 for more information.