Briefs for Nov. 13 |

Briefs for Nov. 13

Permits to cut firewood and Christmas trees in the Routt National Forest are available at the Forest Service Visitor Center, 925 Weiss Drive in Steamboat. Firewood permits are $20 and allow up to two cords of fuel to be gathered. Multiple permits may be purchased. It is necessary to have a permit card for every pickup or trailer load of wood removed from the national forest. Christmas tree permits are $10 and allow for one tree. A household may buy up to five permits and may only use the trees for personal use. Trees cannot be bought and resold.

Both permits allow cutting only within certain guidelines that are provided at the time of permit purchase. Permits only can be purchased at the Forest Service district offices in Steamboat Springs, Yampa and Parks (Walden). For more information, call 870-1870.

Pest Deparment: County free of West Nile virus

The Moffat County Pest Department found no cases of West Nile virus in mosquitoes or birds during the past mosquito season.

The department trapped and tested mosquitoes three times a week during the summer, said Gary Brannan, weed and pest department supervisor. All results were negative.

Earlier in the year, experts had predicted West Nile virus would hit the Western Slope hard. The predictions didn’t materialize because the drier than usual spring allowed the county to gain control of the mosquito larva population early, Brannan said.

Small business awards nominations accepted

The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking nominations for its 2005 Small Business Person and Small Business Champion Awards. Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small-business community in the United States may submit nominations for the awards. Nominees must own or operate a business defined as small by SBA’s size standards, which can be found at

Nomination categories include Small Business Person of the Year, SBA Family-Owned Small Business of the Year, Home-Based Business Champion of the year, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Women in Business Champion of the Year, as well as several other categories.

All nominations are due by Dec. 3 and may be sent to: Jeanette DeHerrera, U.S. Small Business Administration, Colorado District Office, 721 19th St., Suite 426, Denver, CO 80202. For eligibility and evaluation criteria, visit and click on “Nomination Guidelines.”

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