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Steamboat briefs: Why Not Road closed Monday through Thursday

Why Not Road at Steamboat Ski Area will be closed to all traffic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The closure includes motor vehicles, mountain bikes and hikers.

Alternate routes suggested for mountain bikers and hikers include Valley View, a multi-use trail, and BC Ski Way to So What.

Why Not Road will open Friday to Sunday for hiking and biking, with more closures expected the following week. Remember to check daily trail maps and the Information Center for up-to-date information on trail closures and mountain activity.

Visit http://www.steamboat.com for more information.

Medicinal Herb Walk on Spring Creek set for Monday

Herbalist Mary O'Brien will lead a Medicinal Herb Walk on Spring Creek from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Registration is required and can be completed by calling 970-871-9151. The program, sponsored by the Over the Hill Gang, is free.

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Learn about risks posed by emerald ash borer

With the highly destructive emerald ash borer now confirmed in Colorado, many homeowners on the Western Slope have questions about their ash trees and the risks presented by the invasive tree insect.

In response, the Colorado State Forest Service is releasing a new Quick Guide about EAB in Colorado. Although EAB has not been detected in western Colorado, and the Rockies form a barrier to the natural spread of the insect from the Boulder area, ash trees in the region remain at risk due to the potential spread through human actions — such as the movement of firewood.

Recommendations relevant to the Western Slope include:

■ Determine now if you have any ash trees. The first step to dealing with the possible future arrival of EAB is identifying susceptible host trees on the landscape, which include virtually any species and varieties of ash (genus Fraxinus). Ash trees have diamond-shaped bark ridges, compound leaves with five to 11 leaflets, and their leaflets, buds and branches grow directly opposite from one another.

■ Avoid planting ash trees anywhere in Colorado. Ash trees have been planted here, but due to the risk of EAB, future plantings are not recommended.

■ Recognize signs of EAB infestation, which include: thinning of upper branches and twigs, loss of leaves, D-shaped 1/8-inch holes on the bark, vertical bark splitting or increased woodpecker activity. Any suspect trees should be reported to the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 888-248-5535 or caps.program@state.co.us.

■ Be aware of EAB imposters. Other insects such as lilac/ash borer, ash bark beetle and flat-headed appletree borer may look like EAB or cause similar tree symptoms.

■ Prevent further spread of EAB. Don't transport ash firewood or untreated ash wood products to other locations.

For more information about EAB infestation and ash tree identification, view the guide online at http://www.csfs.colostate.edu, or pick up a free copy at the nearest CSFS district office. For current information about the status of EAB in Colorado, visit http://www.eabcolorado.com.   

Auction items and sponsors sought for tennis fundraiser

Auction items and sponsors are needed for the annual Steamboat Tennis Association Summer Fundraiser at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

The STA Summer Championships and Fundraiser Dinner will be held Friday to Sunday with silent and live auctions. Email Sharon Paulus at paulusdem@yahoo.com if you have an item to donate or would like to volunteer at the event.

If you would like to sponsor, email Loretta at steamboatlc@10s.com.

VNA issues reminder about risks of secondhand smoke

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association would like to remind readers that secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke (tobacco residue in carpet, clothes, cars, etc.) can cause serious health problems in children, nonsmoking adults and pets, including cancer, heart disease and asthma. There are multiple support options to help smokers protect themselves and their loved ones from potentially fatal illnesses:

■ The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

■ The SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word "quit" to 47848.

■ The VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no cost for the service. To speak with a counselor, call 970-871-7634.