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Toy collection for Mickey’s Fund continues through Tuesday

Mickey's Fund, a program established by longtime local and Olympian Moose Barrows, will be collecting toys to benefit children spending the holidays in Denver Children's Hospital. Unwrapped toys will be collected in the lobby of Steamboat Sotheby's in Wildhorse Plaza through Tuesday, Dec. 19. Donations will also be accepted, and checks can be made payable to Mickey's Fund. Barrows will be driving down to Denver on Wednesday, Dec. 20 to deliver the toys.

Area children invited to write Christmas letters to Santa Claus

The Steamboat Pilot & Today and Main Street Steamboat are partnering to again 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 Monday, Dec. 18 for publication in the Dec. 24 issue of Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Freedom Night hosted to raise awareness of human trafficking

Awaken, a local social enterprise, is hosting Freedom Night, a human trafficking and fair-trade education and action night, at 5 p.m. today at Bud Werner Memorial Library Hall in Steamboat Springs.
Freedom Night will include guest speakers from the State of Colorado Human Trafficking Program and Denver University's Human Trafficking Center. There will also be handmade products, made by survivors that Awaken works with, for sale at the event as well as other fair-trade products that support the fight against human trafficking.
The event is free, and drinks and appetizers will be provided.

Registration underway for all CMC spring semester classes

Registration for the spring semester is underway at all Colorado Mountain College locations and online. Classes begin the week of Jan. 15 and throughout the semester. Spring class schedules are available at local campuses and at coloradomtn.edu/classes. For registration, go to coloradomtn.edu/register or visit any CMC campus. Call 800-621-8559 or the local campus for more information.

Steamboat cattle operation wins bid for 11K-acre ranch in Walden

Commissioners at the Colorado State Land Board unanimously approved a 10-year agriculture and recreation lease with the Gittleson Family Cattle Company in Steamboat Springs for Sherman Creek Ranch, a 10,958-acre property located in Walden.
The Colorado State Land Board is a constitutionally created state agency that oversees three million acres of land in Colorado to raise money for Colorado school children. It generates revenue by issuing surface leases for grazing, dry land crop production and irrigated farming, as well as for recreation.
Per Colorado statute, the agency publishes quarterly reports for agriculture leases that are expiring and available for public bid. The agency undertook a five-month, closed bidding process to select a lessee for Sherman Creek Ranch because the existing lease was nearing expiration. The State Land Board received leasing inquiries from 11 different states, 50 people participated in a pre-proposal property tour in August and 12 parties submitted proposals.
"We raise money for Colorado school kids by leasing trust land. So we want to manage Sherman Creek Ranch as an economically sustainable agriculture and recreation operation that both produces income for kids and maintains the property's unique and valuable natural resources," said the agency's Assistant Director Greg Ochis, who supervised the bidding process.
Members of the agency's selection committee independently evaluated each proposal using a mixed-criteria matrix, which included the proposer's qualifications and financial standing, projected financial outputs, stewardship and more.
In October, four finalists participated in interviews with the selection committee. The committee unanimously determined that the Gittleson Family Cattle Company best met the selection criteria.