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Steamboat briefs: Green Machines at Safeway are not for commercial use

With the Green Machines at Safeway overflowing with recycle materials, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council wants to remind the community that the units are not for commercial use. YVSC and Yampa Valley Recycle ask that people be respectful and not leave items on the ground.

The groups suggest that people contact their trash hauler for curbside recycling options or take their items to the Waste Management recycling yard during business hours.

For more information, email Emilie Rogers at recycle@yvsc.org.

Christensen, Haxton named to the dean's list at ASU

Two local students were named to Arizona State University dean's list.

Lauren Christensen, of Craig, and Justin Haxton, of Steamboat Springs, were named to the fall 2013 dean's list at Arizona State University.

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Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for the dean's list.

CMC seminar on collection practices set for Thursday

Colorado Mountain College will be hosting the seminar "Accounts Receivable Management and Effective Collection Practices" from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 127 of the Academic Center.

Topics that will be covered in the program include:

■ Credit applications and pre-qualification of client risk;

■ The cost of out-of-control receivables to your business;

■ Early steps that offer friendly encouragement for prompt payment; and

■ Steps to take to accelerate the collection process (legal, collection agencies and small claims court)

The seminar will be led by Randy Rudasics, the manager of the Yampa Valley Entrepreneurship Center and a SCORE business counselor. It costs $15, which includes light snacks and coffee. To register, call 970-870-4491.

McKenzie Worden makes fall 2013 dean's list at RIT

McKenzie Worden, of Steamboat Springs, was named to the dean's list for the fall 2013 semester at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Worden is a fifth-year student in the industrial engineering program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Sign up for March Middle School Teen Programs

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

■ 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 Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. for seven weeks starting March 11.

■ Baby-sitting training/CPR first aid certification: Learn the business of baby-sitting, 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 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting March 10.

■ Archery: Learn competition shooting using Genesis compound bows. The program will be offered Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. starting March 13.

■ Teens on Tour: This is an overnight trip to Denver on March 6 and 7. Registration is ongoing until 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The trip includes the following activities: Shopping at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, swimming at Staybridge Suites in Cherry Creek, three games of Laser Tag at Laser Quest and planetarium, I-MAX and Maya Hidden Worlds Exhibit at the Museum of Nature & Science. The registration fee is $100 and covers transportation, activity fees, dinner Thursday, breakfast and lunch Friday and hotel accommodations. Participants must bring a sack lunch for Thursday.

Register at http://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.

Survey says spread of pine beetle epidemic slowing

The U.S. Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service released the results of the annual aerial forest health survey in Colorado, which indicate that the spread of the mountain pine beetle epidemic has slowed dramatically, while the spruce beetle outbreak continues to expand.

Each summer, the agencies work to monitor insect- and disease-caused tree mortality or damage across Colorado forestland.

The mountain pine beetle epidemic slowed again in 2013, with the lowest acreage of active infestation observed in 15 years. Statewide, mountain pine beetle was active on 97,000 acres in 2013. This brings the total infestation to 3.4 million acres in Colorado since the first signs of the outbreak in 1996.

The spruce beetle outbreak was active on 398,000 acres across the state, expanding by 216,000 new acres in 2013, compared to 183,000 new acres in 2012. The total area affected by this beetle since 1996 has reached more than 1.1 million acres.

Conversely, aspen forest conditions in the state have continued to improve. The aerial survey indicates that although there is continued mortality following drought in the early 2000s, the decline has slowed, with only 1,200 acres impacted in 2013.

The U.S. Forest Service is taking action to address the bark beetle infestations. The Rocky Mountain Region is focused on increasing the pace and scale of active forest management across Colorado. Each national forest is stepping up forest treatments, and many are working collaboratively to strategically plan and apply work to the areas that need it most. The U.S. Forest Service now has four 10-year stewardship contracts to remove dead trees to restore forests and increase their resiliency.

For more information about forest health conditions in the Rocky Mountain Region, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r2/forest-grasslandhealth. For information for private landowners to help manage for healthier forests, visit http://www.csfs.colostate.edu.