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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.

Democrat David Campbell Wins Sheriff Race, Republicans Dominate the State.

Republicans dominated the election in Baca County except for the race between republican Steve Salzbrenner and democrat David Campbell which was close with Campbell winning with 968 votes against Salzbrenner’s 790. Brad Viner collected 150 votes for Sheriff.

For Senator, Cory Gardner defeated democrat Mark Udall and in Baca County republican Bob Beauprez crushed democrat John Hickenlooper for the governor’s race and at 10:30 p.m that race was still too close to call Statewide.

Recreational Marijuana will still be sold in Manitou Springs and that’s the good news.

Pictured here are anxious voters and candidates waiting for the final results to be written on the board.

Baca County Election

Pheasant and Quail Season Opening Nov. 8.

DENVER –
Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2014-15 Eastern Plains Upland Forecast is just in time for pheasant and quail season opening Nov. 8.

Across much of Colorado’s core pheasant range, the effects of drought were clear and significant in terms of the total population of pheasants. Two successive years of drought have finally given way to above normal precipitation, and pheasant populations across the eastern plains of Colorado are slowly improving.

In 2014 Northeast Colorado pheasant call count surveys were down approximately 44% from 2013, averaging approximately 17.5 calls per station, and down 66% since 2012. The 2014 crowing count survey suggests that pheasant populations were much lower than any year since 2003, which is not surprising considering the severity of the recent drought.

In Southeast Colorado, counts were much lower, which is very typical for the area. It is important for hunters to note that crowing counts are simply an index of the cock pheasant population and represent an incomplete picture of the population. They provide a look at the population trend between years and over the life of the survey. The pheasant crow counts provide no information detailing or predicting nesting success or brood survival, both of which are critically vital to fall hunting populations.

Measuring nesting success and chick survival is an imprecise estimate when done without the costly task of radio-marking hundreds of hens and chicks. Instead, some states conduct summer brood counts where the surveyor drives a predetermined route, counting and classifying all pheasants seen by age and sex.

This method is occasionally used in Colorado and it provides a very unreliable index of the fall population because the method requires multiple replications during very specific weather conditions (high humidity resulting in dew, which forces birds to the roads to dry off in the morning).

In Colorado’s core pheasant range, the technique generally doesn’t provide much value, because in seasons with high humidity, vegetation growth along roadsides often hides pheasant broods from detection. Conversely, in dry years with little humidity, there is little reason for pheasant broods to congregate along a road. That being said, it is a safe assessment that as weather conditions became nearly optimal in many locations on the eastern plains, pheasant populations are doing better than in 2012 and 2013.

Hunters should not expect to see a complete recovery over a single year, as the level of the breeding population impacts recovery in addition to weather and habitat.

NE Colorado (Yuma, Phillips, Sedgwick, Logan, Washington, Morgan and SE Weld Counties):

Populations across the region are better than in 2013. During the initial stages of the nesting season, conditions ranged from poor to excellent across the region, suggesting that hunters would be wise to expect that the highest populations will be highly variable and spot specific this year. Beneficial precipitation continued throughout the summer in many areas, providing ample opportunities for unsuccessful hens to re-nest. There are some areas within this area that did not receive ample precipitation in 2014, or were subject to severe and widespread hail storms during the summer period, both of which contribute to the “spotty” nature of the forecast for 2014.

Habitat is in much better shape due to optimum, in some cases record, levels of precipitation that large portions of the area received in 2014. However, it is also apparent that precipitation did not fall equally across this region, leaving some areas relatively dry through the summer period. Also, it is important to note that total CRP acres are declining across the core pheasant range, a trend which will likely continue as many CRP contracts will expire over the next 2 years.

While drought concerns have moderated, fire danger is always a concern. Please be considerate where vehicles are parked. Refrain from smoking while in the field. Similarly, road conditions can deteriorate quickly when precipitation falls making unimproved roads virtually impassable. Also note that WIA sprinkler corners are closed to WIA hunting when the landowner is harvesting the associated crop. This closure is in effect to allow harvesters to work efficiently and to minimize safety concerns for hunters and harvesters. Corners are posted with closure signs in addition to WIA boundary signs. As of November 3, 2014, corn harvest ranges from 30-60% complete depending on the area, so hunters should expect to find some standing corn present on the opener.

South Platte River (eastern Morgan, Washington, Logan, Sedgwick):

Bobwhite quail populations remain a question mark for 2014 due to the impacts of higher water during the spring runoff period. Cover will be greatly improved from what hunters observed in 2013, but that will also impact hunting success because in some areas, cover may be too tall and dense to effectively hunt. Landowner reports have been highly variable in 2014, while CPW staff has reported some bobwhite broods and coveys on State Wildlife Areas. Hunter reports from the upcoming opening weekend will provide another clue as to bobwhite numbers in the South Platte corridor in 2014.

East Central Colorado (Southern Yuma, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Kiowa Counties):

Pheasant populations should be higher than in 2012 and 2013. Expect similar conditions in the NE portion of Colorado with very site-specific conditions in terms of habitat and pheasant population recovery. While precipitation levels were much improved over the recent past, some areas experienced severe hail storms and populations will be lower in these areas, although the habitat may look very good.

Expect to find drier conditions in Cheyenne County, where conditions have improved but not to the degree that Kit Carson County has. Pheasant densities will increase within the areas that provide sprinkler irrigation fields.

Hunters should note that many areas in WIA in Kiowa County are enrolled primarily for their value for light goose hunting, including some fields that will offer little cover for pheasants and quail.

Extreme SE Colorado (Baca & Prowers Counties):

Populations of pheasants were severely impacted by drought from 2010 through the spring of 2013. Conditions have improved this summer to nearly normal precipitation in some areas, but recovery of the habitat and population will require additional years of good conditions. Even so, CPW observed a fair number of quail broods this fall. Expect that pheasant populations will be low across the area, although a bit higher in areas with sprinkler irrigation systems.

Some late hatches of quail have been observed, although both bobwhites and scaled quail breeding populations were reduced by the severe 2010-2013 drought. The general feeling is that quail populations are improving but not yet recovered from the recent drought, with some areas that will be better in terms of habitat and population.

Find out more about pheasant hunting at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/Pheasant-Hunting.aspx and http://coloradooutdoorsmag.com/category/small-game-hunting/. Not sure where to go? Search more than 215,000 walk-in access acres available at http://cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/WalkInAccessProgram.aspx.

A reminder to hunters:

Hunting on private land requires permission. With the exception of land enrolled in Walk-In Access (Colorado Parks and Wildlife has leased WIA lands opening them to hunting), you must obtain permission to hunt private land, whether that land is posted or not.

Landowners are very perceptive to the actions of hunters, whether on their land, WIA properties, or their neighbor’s property.

Trespassing, leaving trash, carcasses or damaging property leaves a poor image with landowners, while courteous and respectful hunting gives a good image.

Fall harvest is a very stressful period for landowners.

Interrupting harvest or stopping a combine to ask for hunting permission is not a good idea. Standing at the end of the field waiting for the combine to flush birds is not recommended. Both are likely to draw the ire of the landowner and are questionable activities at best when considering how important landowner relations are to gaining and maintaining access.

Be respectful of other hunters.

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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Sixty cities and towns will be holding elections this fall.

Denver,Colorado (PR MediaRelease) October 23, 2014

Sixty cities and towns will be holding elections this fall. Most will take place on November 4th, and the Town of Breckenridge will hold a special election on December 9th. Four municipalities are cancelling their regular elections because they have uncontested races.

Summary
Following is a summary of ballot measures CML is aware of around the state:

• Debt – Center, $1.1 million for water tank improvements; Lafayette, $7.4 million for park improvements, Wheat Ridge, $40 million for city wide capital improvements (contingent on sales tax passing); Windsor, $16 million for rec center; Woodland Park, $10 million for aquatics center….

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Starburst Community Award to the Town of Pritchett

UPDATE:

Good afternoon,
Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, we won’t be able to present the Starburst award tomorrow in Pritchitt, but it has been re-scheduled for Nov. 18 at 7 pm. We hope to see you there!
Thanks,
Kelly

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DENVER, Oct. 17, 2014 – The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2014 Starburst Community Award to the Town of Pritchett for using a $28,215 Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant matched with $3,400 in Conservation Trust Funds (CTF), to renovate its only hard surface sports court with a new, more durable surface.

The only court of its kind in Pritchett, there is not another like it within twenty miles. During the planning process, local adults and youth expressed interest in using the new athletic court for recreational activities other than basketball. For example, the school district’s Vo-Ag program will donate time to construct portable skateboard ramps to be used at the court. For ten years, residents set aside funds to make the project happen. The Town of Pritchett is a small community with limited means, and without the Colorado Lottery and GOCO funding, this project might have taken decades to become a reality.

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In Fiscal Year 2014 alone, the Lottery distributed $130.1 million in proceeds. Since its creation 31 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.7 billion back into the state of Colorado.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, and open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education.

TOWN OF PRITCHETT WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD

TOWN OF PRITCHETT WINS COLORADO LOTTERY STARBURST AWARD FOR TOWN PARK BASKETBALL COURT REPLACEMENT

DENVER, Oct. 17, 2014 – The Colorado Lottery has awarded a 2014 Starburst Community Award to the Town of Pritchett for using a $28,215 Lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant matched with $3,400 in Conservation Trust Funds (CTF), to renovate its only hard surface sports court with a new, more durable surface.

The only court of its kind in Pritchett, there is not another like it within twenty miles. During the planning process, local adults and youth expressed interest in using the new athletic court for recreational activities other than basketball. For example, the school district’s Vo-Ag program will donate time to construct portable skateboard ramps to be used at the court. For ten years, residents set aside funds to make the project happen. The Town of Pritchett is a small community with limited means, and without the Colorado Lottery and GOCO funding, this project might have taken decades to become a reality.

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment.

In Fiscal Year 2014 alone, the Lottery distributed $130.1 million in proceeds. Since its creation 31 years ago, the Lottery has returned more than $2.7 billion back into the state of Colorado.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: GOCO, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. These organizations then provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, and open space acquisition, trails, and wildlife and conservation education.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kelly Tabor
PHONE 303.759.6872 | CELL 303.945.9724
Kelly.Tabor@state.co.us

Judge for the Autumn Art Show Has Been Selected

Virginia Smith DooleyLamar, CO, October 7, 2014 – Members of the Southeast Colorado Arts Guild (SECAG) Judging Committee have selected Virginia Smith Dooley, an accomplished artist as the Judge for this year’s Autumn Art Show at the Shore Art Center.

Virginia portrays her love for the beautiful scenic mountains of Colorado and the rustic remnants of the past through her art. A native Coloradoan, Virginia Smith has a deep understanding of the mountains and land she loves so well, and has been blessed with the extraordinary talent to transpose her visions and feelings onto canvas.

Even as a young child, Virginia would spend countless hours sketching wagons, farm and ranch machinery, animals, people, and any other subject near her home town of Lamar, Colorado that would catch her interest.

Virginia received her art degree from Western State College, graduating summa cum laude. Virginia continued her training through local art classes and seminars throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Jenny began studying with, and later married, Tom J. Dooley, known for his mountain landscapes. You can see the influence of Tom Dooley in her paintings. However, Virginia has a definite style of her own, and is becoming a recognized artist and her work is being collected throughout the United States.

Hello everyone, just a friendly reminder that entries for the Southeast Colorado Autumn Art Show is October 25th from 9 – 12 at the Shore Arts Center on Main Street in Lamar. We are so excited and hope you all can join us. If you have any questions, please feel free to give one of us a call. Hope to see you 1 week from this Saturday. If you know someone that would be interested in this info, please forward.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact either myself, Vincent Gearhart, at 719-688-7720 or Bev Middleton at 719-940-4451.

Radio Station 91.9 Purchased by Century Broadcasting

Status Update
By Hank FM
BIG NEWS! Just came down today!

Whiplash Community Radio, owner of Springfield radio station 91.9 KTTE (known as HANK FM) has sold the radio station to 22nd Century Broadcasting of Texas. The new owners will officially take over pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. But through a local marketing agreement 22nd Century Broadcasting of Texas will begin operations of the station affective this month.

I want to thank Springfield for everything. But this was something that I couldn’t pass up. ~ Chris Lash

Is Main Street Under Siege?

Main Street, as we know it, is struggling to survive. While local businesses have weathered prior economic downturns, this time is different. There are several factors causing disruption on Main Street and only those willing to adapt to change will likely be the ones left standing.

From the Local Trenches is a wake-up call for small businesses and the communities they support. This e-book also comes in paper back and it examines Main Street’s challenges and provides strategies and tools — everything from social media to Internet marketing to gaining publicity — to help local businesses transition to the digital age.

From the Local Trenches: A Small Business Survival Guide for the Digital Age

http://www.amazon.com/Local-Trenches-Business-Survival-Digital/dp/0990759229/ref=la_B00O79NIFE_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413059962&sr=1-1

General election Sample Ballot available in the Plainsman Herald

The new Plainsman Herald has printed a sample Baca County ballot for the up coming general election in their Thursday October 9th edition of the paper. The Plainsman now has a new local owner and they are doing a great job and working very hard. Be sure to pick up your copy of the paper or get a subscription and it to be mailed to your address.

Blood Drive October 22

Baca County Blood Drive: Wednesday, October 22 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Chapel 441 Pinon Street, Springfield. Drink plenty of water before donating blood. Your donation can make a difference in someone’s life. Please make an appointment to be a donor. This is the last blood drive for 2014. Call Sherrilyn Turner to Schedule an Appointment at 523-2160

Open House For the New Fire Station, Oct.22nd

The Town of Springfield will be participating in Colorado Cities & Towns Week, October 20-26, 2014, which highlights and celebrates the value of municipal government. Municipal government is the level of government closest to most citizens, and the one with the most direct daily impact upon its residents. Through Colorado Cities & Towns Week, municipalities from across the state will participate in activities to showcase and celebrate cities and town and the many services they provide. “We are very excited about the upcoming event,’ said Mayor Dusty Turner. “We look forward to connecting with citizens and celebrating the services that the town provides.” Springfield has planned an open house for the new fire station, from 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22nd at 28799 County Rd 24.6 and the public is invited. Colorado Cities and Towns Week is sponsored by the Colorado Municipal League (CML), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 and represents the interests of 267 cities and towns.

POACHING AND ITS PROBLEMS

POACHING AND ITS PROBLEMS

Written by Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Mike Brown, Kim/Pritchett.

With some fall hunting seasons underway and many just around the corner, wildlife officers are often asked about the problems they anticipate and how prevalent poaching is within a particular area. Obviously these answers may vary widely, depending upon a number of circumstances such as: the time of year, geographic area, and the number or types of wildlife species present. While poaching may be defined as the illegal hunting or killing of wildlife, its true definition encompasses a broad spectrum of violations that rob wildlife from the people of the state of Colorado.

As a Wildlife Officer, I define poaching as the illegal take or possession of any nongame , fish, and game wildlife. Flagrant poachers often take wildlife such as deer and elk out of season or at night via the use of a spotlight, while others attempt to buy resident hunting and fishing licenses as a non-resident, defrauding the state of Colorado license revenue proceeds that are used for wildlife management, or habitat enhancement. While the exact numbers of illegally taken wildlife are unknown on an annual basis, many research studies have estimated that poachers illegally take as much game wildlife as legally licensed hunters do throughout a hunting season.

If you walk into a coffee shop or stop and talk with a group of hunters over a campfire you’ll often hear them discussing the previous year’s hunts or bragging about the largest deer or elk they’ve taken. If you ask them to tell their hunting story, you can instantly see the excitement and pride on their face as they reflect back upon their hunt. Oftentimes, you’ll re-live the hunt with them as they recollect and tell the story of the largest deer of their life or their first harvest.

As sportsmen and hunters we hunt for numerous reasons. These reasons include being able to observe wildlife without being observed, to enjoy the woods with family and friends, or to even enjoy them alone. Regardless of the reasons, hunters enjoy every moment and cherish the experience. As my dad always told me “You have to pay your dues and work hard to make the hunt totally come together, but when it does there’s nothing more satisfying.” Through years of hunting by myself and with my father or friends I’ve often observed wildlife during the early morning or late evening twilight hours. Looking back, each experience holds a special memory, regardless of the harvest. I’d often think to myself, “You only get the chance to experience this so many times throughout your life.”

At the sight of game we often experience chills, goose bumps, and a rapidly elevated heart rate. The adrenaline rush is strong enough for hunters to forget about the weather, the fact that you can’t feel your hands or even the problems that arise throughout life. For most of us this adrenaline rush that stops us in our tracks is why we choose to hunt and pursue wild game. If we’re lucky enough to harvest an animal during this adrenaline dumping period, success is bittersweet since our ultimate goal is to defeat every sense of our quarry and harvest that animal in its own environment. The pride and satisfaction that comes with a successful hunt is often tough to put into words. Legal and ethical hunters brag about their success each year, and they rightfully should.

What motivates people to poach? Poachers have a wide range of motivations. Many want to experience the adrenaline rush, much like legal and ethical hunters, while others simply want to brag about having the biggest and the best. These individuals poach to fuel their ego, and season dates, ethics, and any wildlife regulations are left far behind. Other people poach for monetary profit. The illegal antler trade often drives commercial poaching activities and large monetary incentives give poachers a justification to risk robbing wildlife from the people of the state of Colorado, despite substantial fines and penalties.

With some fall hunting seasons underway and others getting ready to start I hope that folks can understand that wildlife officers cannot be in all places at all times and that wildlife violations usually have few witnesses, if any. I ask that citizens and landowners in Colorado report any suspicious or illegal activity by calling their local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office, local wildlife officer, or Operation Game Thief at 1-877-265-6648.

If you witness a violation provide all the information you can. Details that might seem insignificant often help in solving cases. I always tell people to provide a vehicle description but most importantly get a license plate number. I always urge people to also try and note other details such as the location in which the violation happened, as well as identifying features of the individuals involved, (age, height weight, hair color, clothing, etc.) If you know how an animal was illegally taken or where the animal is currently at, call Operation Game Thief. Get any and all information relayed as quickly as possible to aid in apprehending violators.

With the help of citizens in Colorado, wildlife officers can continue battling poaching while managing wildlife resources. Next time you see a spotlight working or witness someone shoot from a public road will you look the other way? When someone poaches it hurts everyone and negatively influences wildlife management. After all, everyone only gets so many moments throughout their life to enjoy wildlife. Will you let poaching take that moment away from you?

Mike Brown
District Wildlife Manager Kim/Prichett

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CPW STAFF CONTRIBUTE TO VIABILITY OF RIO GRANDE CUTTHROAT

DURANGO, Colo. — Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), one of several agencies comprising the Rangewide Rio Grande Cutthroat Conservation Team, celebrates the recent announcement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that effectively states the danger of extinction no longer exists for the Rio Grande cutthroat trout.

USFWS removed the Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii virginalis) as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act after an examination of quality data gathered by the conservation team.

CPW researchers and biologists contributed to this outcome by restoring the species to historic habitats, maintaining a Rio Grande cutthroat broodstock, monitoring status of populations, stocking with this species, conducting genetic analysis and disease testing. Additionally CPW provided a specialized population model that predicts persistence of Rio Grande cutthroat through 2040 and beyond.

“The conservation of the Rio Grande Cutthroat has been a high priority for more than twenty years,” said CPW’s Southwest Senior Aquatic Biologist, John Alves. “This news is a marker of success on many levels. It was multifaceted as many resources were put to work by federal, state and tribal agencies as well as conservation groups and private landowners to get this result.”

The agencies started working on range-wide protection plans for the species in 2003 and had recently agreed to a an updated conservation agreement and strategy plan to protect the Rio Grande cutthroat trout in 2013.

The goal of the plan is to assure long-term viability of Rio Grande cutthroat trout. The agencies have completed numerous conservations projects for the species throughout its range in Colorado and New Mexico. To read about some of the projects, go to: http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/ResearchCutthroatTrout.aspx.

Read more about the agencies cooperative work and range-wide species assessment at http://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Research/Aquatic/CutthroatTrout/2013RGCTRangewideReport.pdf.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information go to cpw.state.co.us.

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