Airing out facts about pollution

A discussion on Air Pollution in the Yampa Valley and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness will be held Sept. 19 in Steamboat Springs.

The discussion is sponsored by the Trapper’s Lake Sierra Club, Routt County, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency and will include presentations by the the U.S. Forest Service.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room at the Routt County Courthouse.

Banquet benefits Ducks Unlimited

The Steamboat Springs committee of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual banquet and auction at the Chart House at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21.

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The banquet will feature auctions and raffles of wildlife sporting art, goods and services donated by area businesses and a 2001/2002 ski pass.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Ducks Unlimited wetlands and waterfowl habitat conservation efforts in Colorado, the United States, Canada and Mexico.

For more information, contact chairman Bill Davis at 870-0872, co-chairman Fran Reinier at 879-6409 or ticket chairman Mike Sherrill at 871-4695.

Bear Lake camp closed until 2003

YAMPA Bear Lake Campground, west of Yampa, has closed and will reopen the summer of 2003.

U.S. Forest Service officials are expanding the campgrounds to meet the growing need in the area. Much of the work on the expansion took place this summer, as crews cleared places for 20 new camping sites, bringing the total to 42 sites, according to the Forest Service.

The remaining work on the expansion will take place next summer, while the campground is closed to the public. It will reopen in 2003.

Numerous dispersed campsites in the Bear River corridor are open. For more information call (970) 638-4635.

DOW approves regulation allowing

DENVER Homeowners and businesses that continually leave trash and other attractants within reach of bears can now receive a ticket from Division of Wildlife officers under an emergency regulation approved Thursday by the Colorado Wildlife Commission. The regulation becomes effective immediately.