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FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on the SECOND WEDNESDAY Of each month at the Springfield Public Library at 1260 South Main Street in Springfield. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming dates in 2015 are: June 10; July 8; August 12; September 9; October 14; November 11; and December 9, 2015

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

Water Quality Management Students Gain Access to 4-Year Degrees!

Water Quality Management Students Gain Access to 4-Year Degrees!

Denver,Colorado (PR MediaRelease) May 19, 2015
On May 13, Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), announced that the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education approved the first four-year bachelor of applied science degree for the institutions it governs. The degree will be for the Water Quality Management program at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC). This degree will also need approval from the Colorado Commission for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission. Once they review the plan and approve it, RRCC will start offering the bachelor’s degree.

The legislation authorizing community colleges to offer bachelor of applied science degrees was initiated by the CCCS in the 2014 session of the Colorado General Assembly. The legislation addressed the gap in Colorado higher education whereby students who want to pursue career and technical studies do not have access to a four-year degree in their fields. Many specialized technical jobs increasingly require bachelor degrees for career advancement. However, most career and technical courses are not offered at and/or do not transfer to Colorado’s four-year institutions. This creates a situation where students have to retake courses spending more time and money to get their four-year degree. Twenty-two other states now offer four-year degrees at community colleges similar to Colorado’s legislation.

“We are very excited to approve this first bachelor of applied science program,” said McCallin. “When we first decided to pursue the legislation, we knew that there were unmet needs for our students and employers. This approval is the first step to provide students with the opportunity to earn a relevant, career-oriented four-year degree at an affordable cost in the communities where they live and work.

“Red Rocks Community College has an internationally-recognized Water Quality Management program, thus students have good prospects of finding high paying, rewarding jobs once they complete their education,” she said. “The next four-year degree we plan to pursue is for the dental hygiene programs at Community College of Denver and Pueblo Community College.”

- See more at: http://prmediarelease.com/state-board-approves-first-bachelor-of-applied-science-degree-to-be-taught-by-a-community-college/#sthash.PTFTPtJJ.dpuf

Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

Dear Friend,

Please join me for a town hall meeting Saturday, May 30 to discuss your priorities for the 114th Congress and the district.  I’m honored to represent you in Congress, and this is a great opportunity for me to hear how I can best serve you.

EVENT: Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2015

TIME: 2:00-3:00pm MST

LOCATION: Baca Crop Care LLC, 26322 US-160, Springfield, CO 81073

I look forward to seeing you next Saturday, and I am eager to hear your ideas and feedback.

Find out more here.

Sincerely,

Ken Buck

Jacob Wright from Walsh Recognized

Veterinarians Recognize Walsh Student in 2015 CSU Science and Engineering Fair

(Denver, CO) — Walsh High School student, Jacob Wright, was awarded $100 by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and CVMA Auxiliary, for his research presented at the 2015 Colorado State University (CSU) Science and Engineering Fair. The 60th annual Colorado Science and Engineering Fair was held April 9–11 in the newly renovated Lory Student Center in Fort Collins. Wright, 14, chose a topic centered on improving horse trailer air circulation, with the intention to decrease stress on horses while travelling.

Wright placed first in the Junior Division on a project he initiated to help his horses maintain a steady, stress-free heartrate, even while travelling in a horse trailer. Wright determined that his horses would perform better if they were less effected by the stress of travel, and discovered that increased air circulation would benefit them.

In order to discover the most effective technique, Wright test drove his horses in their trailer at 25 mph for seven miles with the windows closed. His horse’s heartrates was measured before and directly after the trip. Then, Wright drove his horses the same speed and distance, with the windows open, increasing air circulation throughout the cabin of the trailer. Wright proceeded to test this method on eight of his horses, getting similar results.

In the end, Wright indeed found that the more air circulated throughout the trailer, the lower the heartrate his horses had after he ended the journey.

CVMA and CVMA Auxiliary are excited to congratulate Jacob Wright on his winning project!

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The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) exists to enhance animal health and welfare, promote the human-animal bond, protect public health, advance the wellbeing of veterinarians, and foster excellence in veterinary medicine through education, advocacy and outreach.

Campo, Small town, Big Ticket Farm.

Recently 9 news ran an article about town of Campo who has been bringing in 93% of the town’s budget by issuing speeding tickets. Campo employs a single police officer, John Viner, who admitted that he was basically informed that if tickets were not written that he would face loosing his job. The title of the article was “Colorado’s biggest little traffic ticket farm.”

Given that to be the facts of life for Campo, if there is no police officer there, the heavy truck traffic would be speeding through their town day and night.

Campo resembles many rural small towns that have seen their population dwindle over the years. Truckers and other drivers constantly speed past the decayed and abandoned buildings that line Highway 287. . “Everybody is treated the same. If you’re 10 (MPH) or over, you should get a ticket,” Viner said, claiming his first priority is public safety for the town. “If a kid darts out in the middle of the road from one of these sides streets, that 10 over could cost a life.”Campo is a town of about 107 people and is dependent on ticket revenue.

At any time of day, Viner is waiting at either end of town, clocking drivers while in an unmarked white SUV. On the way into town, drivers roll past several speed limit signs that bring the limit down from 65 MPH to 30 MPH. For driver’s who can and are willing to pay, to avoid points on their driver’s licence, they can pay a deferment fee.

The ACLU of Colorado dismisses the public safety claim as a charade. They say: “You can’t have your town completely dominated by that kind of revenue and claim that it’s such a public safety risk,” Denise Maes of the ACLU said. “It’s a trap and it’s just to make money.”

Viner says he won’t change the way he tickets drivers under political pressure. Ten miles over the limit will still be a practice, regardless of any order from the mayor, he says. “Public safety comes first. It falls under integrity,” Viner said.

The main street in Campo is also highway 287, and the restaurant is located right there on the Highway, and is a favorite eating and meeting place for local farmers and ranchers and other Baca County residents.

Campo may not be a busy thriving city or town, but the people there have a right to enforce the speed limit. Without the single police officer enforcing the law, Trucks other and traffic, will continue to disrespect their town, and their main street would not be a safe place.

Truck traffic on Highway 287 can get very busy. Keep writing tickets. Truckers beware. Slow down.

FREE FISHING EVENTS FOR KIDS IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO

FREE FISHING EVENTS FOR KIDS IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO

LAMAR, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting several free fishing clinics for boys and girls in the lower Arkansas River Valley. The events are for children under 16 years of age and will cover tips and tricks for all kinds of fishing. Participants will also learn about types of flies and lures, water safety, fish identification and strategies for catching more fish.

A limited number of free fishing rods and fishing tackle will be available at each event but those with fishing equipment are encouraged to bring their own.

See below for the schedule of fishing clinics:

April 18 at Midwest Farms SWA, between Holly and Granada, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
April 24 at Shalberg Pond, Sheridan Lake, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April 26 at Leonard Hudnall Pond, Las Animas, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
May 2 at Turk’s Pond, South of Two Buttes, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May 3 at Jackson’s Pond, Eads, Noon – 4 p.m.
May 16 at North Gateway Park, Lamar, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
May 23 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Sept. 12 at La Junta City Pond, La Junta, Noon – 3 p.m.

No registration is required. Anyone 16 years or older who wishes to fish after the events will need a valid fishing license. Fishing is limited to children only during the event. Participants should bring snacks, water, a lawn chair, sunscreen and hat.

For more information call 719-336-6600.

BOATERS SHOULD DE-WINTERIZE BOATS FOR SPRING

CPW REMINDS BOATERS TO DE-WINTERIZE BOATS FOR SPRING

DENVER – As the spring season emerges and temperatures begin to rise, many parks again open for boating between now and April 1. Now is the time to properly de-winterize boats to make sure it is functional before heading out on the water.

“When nice weekends start popping up, be ready to take advantage!” said Kris Wahlers, CPW boat program manager. “Instead of using a nice weekend to get the boat ready or worse, get to the lake before finding out you have a problem, get it ready now.”

CPW recommends several things to check as you prepare your boat for the boating season.

First, try to drain out any water that may have found its way into your boat during the winter season. This will help avoid the accumulation of mold, rust, and any potential damage to components as temperatures rise.

With water muffs properly installed and working, start your boat at home to make sure it runs. Be careful to keep the water flowing and not let it run long or overheating may result. It’s a lot less embarrassing to have a boat not start in the driveway than on a crowded dock.

Check the battery to see if it can still hold a charge after the cold winter months. This can be done by taking a conventional car battery charger and checking if the battery holds 100 percent of the charge that it is given. If the battery has a full charge and the motor still won’t turn on, replace any fuses that may have broken during the winter.

Check fuel lines for cracks/leaks or signs of rodents chewing on them, make sure hoses are connected, check fittings and connections to make sure they are tight, make sure plugs are in good shape and installed before heading out on the water.

Sign up for a boating safety class. CPW hosts nearly 100 classes throughout the state from April – September, not to mention the online options for boaters over 15. Nearly 90% of boat operators involved in an accident last year had no or no known boating safety education, and that included the people who “have been boating all their life” and “… know everything there is to know about boating.”

Next, take a look at all boating safety equipment to ensure it is still serviceable. Boat safety items are required and include personal flotation devices, a sound making device, fire extinguisher, navigation lights, and 2015 boat registration with visible CL numbers. This is an important step because during the winter months many of these items are subject to cold weather elements which can cause them to wear or become unserviceable.

When you do get on the water for the first time, keep an eye on the temperature of your engine as sometimes after sitting in winter storage water pump impellers can fail and lead to a costly and potentially dangerous engine overheat.
There is no substitute for the professional advice of a local boat service center. If there are any concerns about the condition of a boat or ability to be functional out on the water for your first outing, call your local boat factory authorized center for professional advice.

“You can use these steps as a precaution to check your boat and lower the chances of there being any serious problems with your boat this boating season,” added Wahlers.

Get a 2015 boat registration now and avoid additional fees and fines out on the water. Learn more about all the 2015 boating regulations including registration at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/boat.aspx.

CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support our operations including 43 state parks covering more than 220,000 acres, big-game management, hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW’s work contributes approximately six billion dollars in total economic effect annually throughout Colorado.

MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Tuesday blasted Republicans

MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Tuesday blasted Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives for assisting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an attempt to “take over” U.S. foreign policy from President Barack Obama.“I’ll get to the heart of this speech now,” Matthews told MSNBC’s Thomas Robertson.

“This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy. He said, ‘You should trust me, not your president on this. I am the man you should trust, I am your true leader on this question of U.S. geopolitics. To protect yourself, you must listen to me and not this president.’”“It was a startling situation,” he continued. “To allow someone to come in — knowing that was going to be their message — to the U.S. Congress. This was a decision made by Boehner and certainly complied with by Netanyahu and his ambassador [Ron Dermer]. They went into the U.S. Congress to take over U.S. foreign policy from the president.”“Think it through, what country in the world would let a foreign leader come in and attempt to wrest from the president control of the U.S. foreign policy?” Matthews asked.“This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with this complying America partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president.”

GUIDED YOUTH TURKEY HUNT OFFERED

ANOTHER GUIDED YOUTH TURKEY HUNT OFFERED IN NW COLORADO, OFFERED BY CPW

CRAIG, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering two more young hunters a chance to earn a mentored, high-quality spring turkey hunt on private land, near Craig. Scheduled to take place the weekend of May 2-3, 2015, the hunt is made possible with the help and support of local landowners working in partnership with CPW wildlife managers.

As part of the agency’s Hunter Outreach Program, the hunt is a continuing effort to instill respect for wildlife, the outdoors, and the traditions of hunting in Colorado’s youth.

“This is the second year that we have offered this opportunity in this area,” said District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro of Craig. “Last years hunt was fantastic. The kids had a great time and we expect that there will be high demand for the chance to participate this year.”

All novice youth hunters are encouraged to apply; however, those that have no prior hunting experience or have special family circumstances or health conditions that limit their ability to hunt will be given priority over experienced youths that come from hunting families.

Boys and girls under the age of 18 that posses a Hunter Education card are eligible to apply and must send a letter of interest postmarked by April 4, 2015 to:

DWM Mike Swaro
815 Ashley Road
Craig, CO 81625

The letter must include the youth’s name, address and hunter education card number. It must also include a phone number for the applicant’s parent or guardian. In addition, each letter must include an essay of 500 words or less about why the applicant should be selected over other youth applicants.

“Kids can write about their lack of hunting experience and desire to learn, or about any obstacles that have prevented the ability to hunt in past,” said Swaro. “We want to hear about why the youth wants to learn to hunt, why hunting is important in Colorado and how they plan to use this experience in the future.”

Swaro stresses that the essay must be written in the applicants own words.

The two participants will be selected based upon the essays and will be notified by CPW on or before April 8, 2015.

Anyone selected for this hunt will be required to attend a pre-hunt orientation at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s warehouse in Craig, Friday, May 1, from 3 – 5 p.m., accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide shotguns, ammunition, blinds and calls. Selected hunters must provide their own camouflage clothing.

For more information, call the CPW office in Meeker at 970-878-6090.

To learn more about Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Hunter Outreach Program, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/HunterOutreach.aspx

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JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK BOAT RAMPS OPEN

JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK BOAT RAMPS OPEN

HASTY, Colo. – John Martin Reservoir will be opening the East and West Boat Ramps for the summer season March 15. The water levels are similar to last year resulting in plenty of room for people to enjoy fishing, boating and other recreation on the reservoir.

The north shore waterfowl closure will also be lifted March 15 so that visitors will have opportunities to enjoy the remainder of the current seasons. Anglers will find luck with wiper, walleye and catfish on the reservoir and in the stilling basin below John Martin Dam, while bird watchers can still find some bald and golden eagles on the park.

Park visitors need to make sure that all of their licenses and registrations are up to date. Current boat registration, fishing and hunting licenses and annual parks passes for 2015 are all on sale now and can be purchased at the Visitor Center.

Please remember to be safe and responsible while you enjoy the many recreational opportunities we have to offer at John Martin. We look forward to seeing all of you this summer!

For more news about Colorado Parks and Wildlife go to: http://cpw.state.co.us

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BOATERS AT LATHROP STATE PARK CAN LOOK FORWARD TO AN EARLIER START ON THE LAKE

BOATERS AT LATHROP STATE PARK CAN LOOK FORWARD TO AN EARLIER START ON THE LAKE

This year boaters at Lathrop State Park can hit the water a month earlier than past years. Boat ramps to Martin and Horseshoe Lakes will open March 15 and remain open daily for the rest of the season from sunrise to sunset. The park will also open more campsites in March to accommodate visitors who want to enjoy spring break on the water.

In the past the park has had to wait until April 15 to open the gates because of a limited budget to hire boat inspection staff. “This year we are excited to be able to provide boating opportunities during a time of year that is great fishing weather and the time to enjoy spring break,” said Lathrop State Park Manager Stacey Lewis.

All boats are required to be inspected to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil. Because of this all trailered vessels must be off the water before the gates close at sunset.

“Our boaters are familiar with the inspection process and why we need it to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species,” said Lewis. “But Lathrop has the extra challenge of being what is called a ‘containment park.’ We have an invasive plant called Eurasian Water Milfoil that we are trying to prevent from spreading to our neighboring lakes.” In order to do this, boats are inspected as they leave the park. “We are asking our visitors to help take on this challenge by bringing their boats off the water by sunset so that they may get an inspection while we have available staff.” Lewis said. She also added that although Colorado Parks and Wildlife treats the lakes at Lathrop for Eurasian Water Milfoil, it has not been eradicated.

Lathrop offers two types of boating experiences at its two lakes. Martin Lake offers motorized recreation such as waterskiing, personalized watercraft and tubing. Horseshoe Lake also allows motorized boats but boats must stay below a wakeless speed (5 mph). Many non-motorized boat users such as those with kayaks, canoes and paddleboards enjoy the quietness of Horseshoe Lake. Both lakes offer fishing opportunities for a variety of warm water species. For more information about Lathrop State Park visit http://cpw.stateco.us/placestogo/Parks/lathrop or call 719-738-2376.

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Contact Name: Abbie Walls
Contact Phone: 719-227-5211

BIG GAME APPLICATION 101 IN LAMAR, MARCH 19

BIG GAME APPLICATION 101 IN LAMAR, MARCH 19

LAMAR, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free help to hunters who wish to participate in the big game season this year. CPW will host a Big Game Application 101 class in Lamar on March 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Hunter Education Room at the Lamar Service Center, 2500 S. Main St., Lamar.

This free course will cover the big game license application process, changes in big game regulations, tips and techniques on the annual big game license drawing and assist participants in applying for big game licenses.

Remember the deadline to apply for a limited big game hunting license is 11:59 p.m. on April 7.

For more information please call 719-336-6600

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Contact Name: Abbie Walls
Contact Phone: 719-227-5211

FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on the SECOND WEDNESDAY Of each month at the Springfield Public Library at 1260 South Main Street in Springfield. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming dates in 2015 are: February 11; March 11; April 8; May 13; June 10; July 8; August 12; September 9; October 14; November 11; and December 9, 2015

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

PLAN SPRING, SUMMER CAMPING NOW

DENVER – The latest blast of cold and snow may place camping low on the New Year’s priority list, however, Colorado Parks and Wildlife suggests now is the best time to plan a spring or summer getaway at Colorado State Parks.

“Parks located on the plains such as Jackson Lake, John Martin, Lathrop, North Sterling and Trinidad, usually have moderate weather in early spring,” said CPW Reservations Coordinator Mercedes Schwall. “Our most popular camping sites fill up six months in advance so planning now could get vacationers a prime camping spot.”

Camping is good for your health too according to a study by University of Colorado – Boulder researcher Kenneth Wright, PhD. The CU Boulder release stated spending just one week exposed only to natural light while camping in the Rocky Mountains was enough to synch the circadian clocks of eight people participating in the study, meaning less differences between morning people and night people. Watch the video abstact here.

Harmonizing circadian clocks isn’t the only way camping can help.

“Getting outdoors improves my mood and helps manage stress,” said CPW Parks and Outdoor Recreation Assistant Director Ken Brink. “Camping at Crawford, James M Robb, Mancos, Navajo and Yampa or any of the other State Parks gives our family a place to socialize and engage in new adventures.”

Brink added that getting your reservation on the family calendar early ensures summer fun is scheduled instead of hoped for.

Plan a getaway this spring or summer at any of the more than 3,900 campsites and 50 cabins and yurts located throughout the state at elevations ranging from approximately 3,800 to 9,400. Check out all the options at https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Pages/ParkMap.aspx

Camping fees range from $10 – $26, not including the reservation fee and park pass. Every vehicle entering the park, including RVs and towed vehicles, must have a parks pass for each day. Annual parks passes are $70, daily parks passes are $8 – 9. Visit our website or ask for detailed information at 303-297-1192?.

Campground amenities at many parks include restrooms, full-electrical hookups and shower facilities. Many parks also offer campsites or cabins for large groups. Almost 300 campsites are ADA accessible. Call 1-303-470-1184 or learn more at http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/Reservations.aspx.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoParksandWildlife and follow us on Twitter @COParksWildlife.

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CPW SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT POACHING INCIDENT NEAR KIM

CPW SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT POACHING INCIDENT NEAR KIM

KIM, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking information about a poaching incident that occurred in southeastern Colorado, just east of the town of Kim, in Game Management Unit 143. On Dec. 10, the carcass of a small buck deer was found on the eastern edge of town by a private landowner.

Wildlife officers responded to the scene and found a fully skinned and field dressed animal with only the head and hide removed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in identifying any vehicles or individuals that may have been near the area starting Dec. 7. Officials would like to remind the public that individuals who deliberately engage in harvesting and wasting big-game steal both wildlife resources and opportunities from sportsmen and the citizens of the state of Colorado.

“It’s truly sad to see an entire animal wasted and left to rot when there are lots of people who could use the meat,” said District Wildlife Manager Mike Brown.

Individuals who kill big game animals in Colorado and abandon the carcass, only to take the trophy parts, may face felony charges, a permanent loss of hunting and fishing privileges, prison sentencing and substantial fines.

“It’s easy for hunters to get excited and make a mistake in the field, however dumping an animal on the side of the road and leaving the carcass is not a mistake, it’s a blatant disregard for wildlife,” said Brown. Brown is hopeful that someone within the Kim community will come forward with any information they might have.

Anyone with information should contact Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648, (877-COLO-OGT). Callers may remain anonymous and a $500 cash reward may be offered for any information that leads to a citation or arrest. Tips and information may also be emailed to game.thief@state.co.us.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. Get your CPW park passes, camping, recreational vehicle registration and hunting and fishing licenses online at cpw.state.co.us.

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FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on the SECOND WEDNESDAY Of each month at the Springfield Public Library at 1260 South Main Street in Springfield. By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for all areas of civil litigation, including family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, small claims, veterans issues, and civil protection orders. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming dates in 2015 are: January 14; February 11; March 11; April 8; May 13; June 10; July 8; August 12; September 9; October 14; November 11; and December 9, 2015

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

CPW TO CONDUCT HELICOPTER INVENTORY FLIGHTS

Contact Name: Abbie Walls
Contact Phone: 719-227-5211

CPW TO CONDUCT HELICOPTER INVENTORY FLIGHTS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is taking to the skies in search of big game animals. Over the next two months CPW employees in the southeast region will fly across large portions of wildlife habitat in search of animals to classify by sex and age, while others will gather biological data on the ground. Late season hunters and outdoor recreationists are advised that they may see low-flying helicopters or airplanes and are urged to be patient while critical monitoring is conducted.

In the southeast region of Colorado, flights are conducted to the west of I-25 between Monument hill to the New Mexico Border and along the Arkansas River between the Kansas state line and Pueblo. CPW will also be capturing deer using helicopters north and east of the Arkansas River between Canon City and Leadville.

“These flights require quick maneuvering at low levels and expert piloting,” said Southeast Region Senior Terrestrial Biologist Brian Dreher. “If you were watching from the ground it would definitely generate some curiosity.”

Biologists will inventory thousands of animals to help provide a picture of the productivity and composition of big game in Colorado. This data will be used to form population models, management strategies and to set future hunting license numbers.

Disturbances by the flights will be short lived as the flights are conducted across a broad geographical area and typically only last a few minutes in any one area.

“The flights can cause a short-term inconvenience, but they provide long-term benefits like healthy wildlife populations and productive hunts in the future,” said Dreher. “It’s vital that we keep track of how our big game populations are doing across the state so we can effectively conserve them.”

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. Get your CPW park passes, camping, recreational vehicle registration and hunting and fishing licenses online at cpw.state.co.us.

MORE ELK POACHED IN NW COLORADO,

Contact Name: Mike Porras
Contact Phone: 970-255-6162

MORE ELK POACHED IN NW COLORADO, HUNTERS CAN EARN A LICENSE OR POINTS FOR INFORMATION

MAYBELL, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating three additional incidents of illegally killed bull elk in high-quality hunting units in Northwest Colorado, adding to three high-quality bulls illegally killed in Game Management Unit 10 in early November, near the town of Dinosaur.

Two bulls were found along Highway 318 late last week, northwest of Maybell. Both were estimated to have been killed before Thanksgiving and were entirely field dressed. The other was found several miles away on Highway 10N, south of Irish Canyon. Thought to have been killed at the end of the Fourth Rifle season, only the front shoulders and backstraps were removed from that bull.

With the known total of illegally taken elk in this area now at six this year, CPW officials are asking the public for help, reminding of a unique, CPW reward program available to anyone that can provide information about the person or persons responsible for killing the high-quality bulls.

“We have a Turn In Poachers, or ‘TIP’ program in addition to our Operation Game Thief tipline,” said District Wildlife Manager Mike Swaro, of Craig. “Through TIP, if a hunter provides information about poaching incidents involving big game they may be eligible to receive a quality bull elk license in the unit where the tip was turned in if it results in a conviction for the take of an illegal 6-point bull elk or willful destruction.”

Officials say that instead of a license a person may instead opt for a preference point for any big game species of their choice, including bighorn sheep, for example.

Swaro adds that in the latest incident, the elk were taken in Game Management Unit 2 and 201, known for producing some of the largest bulls in the state. It may take a hunter up to twenty years to gather enough preference points to hunt in these units, he said.

“Someone knows who did this and we ask that they do the right thing and come forward,” added Swaro. “Along with the evidence we were able to gather at the scenes and additional information from the public, we should be able to find who did this in due time.”

To be eligible for points or a licenses through the TIP program, any person providing information must be willing to testify in court, in contrast to Operation Game Thief, a tip hotline that affords anonymity to any person providing information about a wildlife crime.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials remind the public that poaching is a serious offense that can lead to felony charges, significant fines, a prison sentence and the permanent loss of hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 43 other Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact states.

“If you saw something or heard something, let us know right away,” Swaro said. “Even if it does not seem like a significant detail, it may be the information we need to find the people responsible. Poachers commit crimes that affect everyone and the public’s help is critical to bring them to justice.”

To provide information about these incidents, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090 or DWM Swaro at 970-942-8275. To remain anonymous, call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Rewards are available if the information leads to a citation. Please specify which type of reward you are interested in, OGT or TIP.

For more information about Turn In Poachers, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/TurnInPoachers.aspx

For more information about Operation Game Thief, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/OGT.aspx

LifeStory Writing Workshop Nov 22, Lamar

Media Release – Oct. 30, 2014
Charley Kempthorne“The world is made of stories, not atoms,” as the poet said, and on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, 10 am to noon, those who come to the memoir and family history writing workshop at the Lamar Public Library will get a chance to show how true that is. Charley Kempthorne, a writer and teacher who has made a career of helping people write the stories of their life, will conduct a two hour workshop at the library at that time. Charley, who a pioneer in the “Memoir Movement” started the first reminiscence writing workshop anywhere in 1976 in his hometown of Manhattan, KS, USA. “Everyone can write stories,” he asserts, “and often the ones who have the least training as writers do the best job.”

So it was with his very first student in 1976, Jessie Foveaux, who didn’t publish her memoir for twenty years because she didn’t think it would be of interest to anybody but her family. But when it did attract the attention of the New York media it auctioned for one million dollars and left Jessie, by then 97 years old, a wealthy woman. (She died three years later at age 100; her book was Any Given Day, published by Warner Books.) “Not everyone will get a million dollars from a big publishing house for their memoir,” Kempthorne readily concedes, “but what they write will be worth much more–priceless really–to their family and friends. And it’ll be a valuable contribution to human history as well.”

Charley Kempthorne has done hundreds of workshops in the USA and Canada. He has written a popular book that is in most libraries, For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, and he also publishes monthly a periodical called LifeStory for memoirists and family historians. His newest book, just out, is Narrative Journaling: 28 Days to Writing More or Less Happily for the Rest of Your Life.

The workshop is free, but space is limited and registration in advance is requested. Register by phone by calling the library at 719-336-4632. You may also register in person or by mail to the library at 102 E. Parmenter St., Lamar, CO 81052.

“It is no longer possible to characterize the writing of a life story as a hobby for old people. For many, if not most, the leaving of a written legacy has become a pre-occupation. When I started the first Reminiscence Workshop in the nation in Manhattan, Kansas in 1976, I had to work hard to get a few old people to sit down and write. They said, Who would care about my life? Who would want to read it? I can’t write, anyway.

“But all that has changed. The Memoir Movement is now in full swing. Now history is written not from the top down as it always had been, but is being finally written from the bottom up. It’s the history of the rest of us. This is bringing and will bring great changes to the way we look at the world.

“The people who come to LifeStory Workshops are only a few of the thousands, probably millions, of older people around the world who are coming to see that they need to write about their lives, to be debriefed on behalf of human history for the benefit of themselves, of course, but mostly for their children and grandchildren.” — Charley Kempthorne, The LifeStory Institute
Below, LifeStory workshop at the Mariposa Sr. Center near Yosemite National Park. Everyone wrote and many read aloud.

Hickenlooper wins Governor by a Hair and a Prayer, but votes are still being counted.

Hickenlooper Wins by a hair and a prayerIn a world where Republicans are dominating elections all over the country, this morning both NBC and FOX news has as declared John Hickenlooper the winner of the race for governor as he pulled into the lead early this morning.   Apparently at least 11000 voters chose to vote in person on election day. Last night Bob Beauprez was smiling and holding a child for the cameras while he spoke to the media with confidence appearing to be pretty sure of victory. This morning the news puts Hickenlooper ahead, capturing 48% of the votes to Beauprez’s 47%. As of the time of this post there are still thousands of votes to be counted and Beauprez was unwilling to concede the race until the final count is in, but the media is reporting Hickenlooper as winner. This has certainly been a close race for governor.