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Steamboat briefs: Local groups set to present Manic Task Force Challenge

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Manic Training will present the Manic Task Force Challenge, an all-levels challenge designed to continue the conversation about drug addiction, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Whistler Park Rugby Fields.

The event, which includes a post-challenge barbecue, is hosted by Manic Training and the Rx Task Force.

Comments about wild horse bait-trapping due today

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin in order to administer fertility treatments and remove up to 50 horses.

Comments should be submitted by today.

The BLM is proposing to use a bait-trapping method in which wild horses in and around the Sand Wash Herd Management Area would be attracted to corrals. While confined in a corral, BLM employees and Sand Wash Advocacy Team (SWAT) members would identify mares that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, before being released back to the range.

Up to 50 young wild horses would be removed for placement in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

“Our partnership with SWAT and GEMS has been vital to meeting our goal of maintaining the health of the Sand Wash wild horses and the lands they depend upon,” said BLM Northwest District Manager Joe Meyer.

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. Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM seeks comment on the Environmental Assessment of this gather plan, available at the Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St. in Craig and online 1.usa.gov/23gJg6W. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to blm_co_sandwash_hma@blm.gov.

Mountain Tap gives more than 2K to nonprofits

During its first two-month period, Mountain Tap Brewery’s Token Tuesdays program raised $2,141 for four local nonprofit organizations, including Friends of the Yampa, Routt County Riders, Steamboat Dance Theatre and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.

Each month, Mountain Tap Brewery selects four local nonprofit organizations to support. On Token Tuesday, each guest receives a wooden token for every craft beer he or she purchases. Before leaving Mountain Tap Brewery, guests can select which of the four organizations they want to support by depositing their tokens in that organization’s Token Tuesday box. At the end of the month, Mountain Tap Brewery empties the boxes, adds the tokens for each organization and presents each with $1 for every token they received.

“We’ve received phenomenal support for this program,” said owner and brewmaster Rich Tucciarone. “The four organizations got the word out to their supporters, and community members showed up in force. There was definitely some friendly rivalry going on.”

The organization that collected the most tokens — Friends of the Yampa — was crowned “King of the Mountain Tap” and will stay on as a beneficiary for an additional month.

Mountain Tap Brewery’s September Token Tuesday beneficiaries are Chief Theater, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Yampatika and Friends of the Yampa.

For more information about the Token Tuesday program, visit mountaintapbrewery.com/community/token-tuesdays/.

Local artist MB Warner continues art lecture series

Local artist and educator MB Warner continues as host of her popular MB Notes free art lecture series from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Avenue, with a talk on American artist/photographer, Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close.

Close achieved fame as a photorealist through his massive-scale, photo-based portraits and inventive techniques for painting the human face.

His work now extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking and tapestries based on Polaroids.

Born in 1940, Close was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The lecture is free to the public. For more information, visit steamboatartcenter.com.

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