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Steamboat briefs: BLM to bait-trap Sand Wash Basin wild horses in October







Wild horses from the Sand Wash Herd Management Area, about 40 miles west of Craig, will be gathered beginning Oct. 21 by the Bureau of Land Management.

A bait-trap will be used to collect about 200 horses to administer fertility control treatments and allow the removal of up to 50 young horses. Horses removed from the basin will be placed in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

The BLM manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance, according to the BLM.



BLM hopes that treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM decision and associated environmental assessment are available at 1.usa.gov/23gjg6w.



Hahn’s Peak hike cancelled; barbecue still scheduled

The Hahn’s Peak hike, which was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, has been cancelled due to bad weather resulting in muddy trails. The hike will be rescheduled for a later date.

The free barbecue from 3 to 5 p.m. at Steamboat Lake State Park Visitors Center will still be held. Pulled pork, slaw, beans and banana pudding from Moe’s Bar B Que will be served, and those who attend will receive a special gift.

The event is being held to celebrate the restoration of the Hahns Peak fire lookout.

More than 8K visitors in Steamboat expected Saturday

Approximately 8,500 visitors are expected in town Saturday, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Wednesday.

The figure represents 54 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 91 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 74 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 35 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 3,700 visitors by Wednesday.

The chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Area human service grant application process open

The Human Service Coalition grant application for city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County funding is now open. Any human service 501c3 organization in Routt County may apply at routtcountyunitedwaygrants.communityforce.com. The grant deadline is 5 p.m., Oct. 14.

Steamboat to host annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department will host the annual NFL Punt, Pass & Kick local competition from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School, Gardner Field.

The NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the age of 6 and 15. Girls and boys in five separate age divisions (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking, in a fun and engaging forum.

The event is free. For more information and to register, visit nflppk.com and search for the Steamboat Springs event. Those interested can also call the Parks & Community Services Department at 970-879-4300 for additional event details.

The city is also looking for volunteers to assist with this event from approximately 10 a.m. to noon today.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to email

dstevenson@steamboatsprings.net, or call 970-871-7037.

Flu shots to be offered at Community Health Fair

Northwest Colorado Health will have flu shots available from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the Community Health Fair at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Flu and pneumonia shots will be available for adults and children. Costs vary. Those who want to get a flu shot should bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+, Child Health Plan Plus or other insurance card. Low-cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Flu shots also are available by appointment by calling 970-879-1632. For a schedule of upcoming flu clinics, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/flu.


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