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Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt Bombshell comment

It’s quite a circus of clowns in Colorado Springs as Republican Gordon Klingenschmitt made the ignorant comment about openly gay Colorado Congressman Jared Polis. Klingenschmitt said “Democrats like Polis want to bankrupt Christians who refuse to worship and endorse his sodomy. Next he’ll join ISIS in beheading Christians…” And yet county Republicans are still defending him, so that gives you a sample of the insane candidates you are going to the polls to vote for. KOAA reports that The Colorado State Republicans are denouncing him from the party, but El Paso County Republicans are standing by him. Here is the article: http://www.koaa.com/news/republican-state-rep-candidate-drops-bomb-shell-comment/

Happy Cow Flea Market, Lamar Accepting Venders

LAMAR – The Happy Cow Flea Market is located in Lamar CO at 701 N. Main Street behind the Community State Bank and the Burger King. There will be special pricing on all spaces this week. They are now accepting yard sale vendors w/antiques, collectibles and general items. They also rent space for private parties.

The flea market is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Call 719-488-1187

Radio station 91.9 HANK FM Gets New Tower

Springfield’s radio station 91.9 HANK FM KTTE celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday, August 26th. Part of the celebration was a move to a new tower, and an increase in power of 100 watts. “We were having problems with the other tower we were on, where some loose cables kept interfering with our antenna and blowing up transmitters. That gets kind of expensive after a while.” said Chris Lash, the station’s owner. “Its been fun to have the station in Springfield. Its a great town and county, with really nice people. The station needs to do a better job in a lot of areas, and we welcome everyone’s feedback.” added Lash. With a limited budget, 91.9 HANK FM will continue to look for ways to grow, adding that on the new tower, if the money was right, the station could go to 50,000 watts.

Chris Lash
President
Whiplash Community Radio

101.3 HANK FM Linden, TN
91.9 HANK FM Springfield, CO
www.hankfm.org

Classic Top 40 KOWH
Humboldt, NE

“The True Oldies Channel”
True Oldies 16
1570 WMAK Lobelville, TN
www.trueoldies16.com

STATE PARKS BEGIN TO CLOSE SWIM BEACHES FOR THE SEASON

STATE PARKS BEGIN TO CLOSE SWIM BEACHES FOR THE SEASON

DENVER – This weekend is your last chance for some fun in the sun at several of Colorado State Parks swim beaches around the state. Labor Day weekend marks the end of the swimming season for many state parks but there are some swim beaches that will remain open for a few more weeks. Get out and cool off before it’s too late!

There is no fee to enjoy the park’s swim beaches but a valid park pass is required on every vehicle that enters the park. There are no lifeguards on duty and swimming is at your own risk.

Below is a list of closure dates for swim beaches around the state. The parks remain open year round and offer plenty of other activities like camping, hiking and fishing. For more information visit cpw.state.co.us. Swim beaches will begin to reopen for next season at the end of May 2015.

Currently closed: Harvey Gap (NW)

Monday, September 1
Most swim beaches still open.

Tuesday, September 2
Chatfield State Park (NE)
John Martin Reservoir: Lake Hasty (SE)
Lake Pueblo State Park: Rock Canyon Swim Beach (SE)
North Sterling State Park: Cottonwood Cove Swim Beach (NE)
Rifle Gap (NW)

Wednesday, September 4
Cherry Creek State Park (NE)

Monday, September 8
Elkhead Reservoir (NW)
Jackson Lake (NE)
Lathrop State Park: Martin Lake (SE)
Stagecoach (NW)

Sunday, September 21
Highline (NW)

Wednesday, October 1
James Robb (NW)
Steamboat (NW)

BEAUTY PAGEANT

- Miss & Mister Fall Festival. Fri. Sept 12th in Lamar, CO. Boys & girls age divisions from babies-18 years. Win crowns, custom sashes, lighted trophy & more! All contestants receive a trophy! No experience necessary. Attire is a casual outfit or Sunday dress. No formal wear allowed. This is a fun, family event during the Lamar Fall Festival and 9/11 Memorial Activities. Entry fee $25 if entered by Sept. 3rd. Late fee of $10 after deadline. Register online at http://fallfestival.wix.com

Diana Woller
Pageant Director
(719) 688-6930

SWIM BEACH TEMPORARILY CLOSED AT JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR

SWIM BEACH TEMPORARILY CLOSED AT JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR

HASTY, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife has temporarily closed the swim beach at Lake Hasty after water quality test results revealed higher than normal bacteria levels. The swim beach was closed Wednesday afternoon, August 13.

The water in John Martin Reservoir is tested for quality, as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), at least once a week to protect public safety. The reason for the spike in bacteria levels is unknown but recent rain events and warm temperatures could be possible contributors.

Secondary test results are expected back by the end of the week at which time a decision will be made to reopen the swim beach or extend the closure.

John Martin Reservoir offers many other outdoor recreational opportunities including boating, camping and hiking. For more information, please contact the park office at 719-829-1801 or visit http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/JohnMartinReservoir

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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.

“Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknowns”

Tom Tudor has been a distinguished speaker for twenty-five years, presenting an informative narration of our nation’s most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Tudor, speaking to hundreds of organizations and institutions nationwide, is an authority on the history of ‘Arlington’ and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is visited by over four million people annually. His comprehensive and compelling power-point presentation is one you don’t want to miss.

Mr. Tudor served as a sentinel, then relief commander, at Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from February 1969 to Memorial Day of 1970. He is on the Board of Directors and is Treasurer of the Society of Honor Guard-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

A business entrepreneur for over three decades; Mr. Tudor has been a four term Rotary International club President; currently an Assistant District Governor and Chair of the Pikes Peak Area Rotary Endowment, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, and is the proud father of two daughters.

Tom Tudor presents:
“Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknowns”

WHEN:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th @ 7:00 pm
WHERE:
Lamar Public Library’s Cultural Events Center
102 E. Parmenter Lamar, CO 81052
719-336-4632

For more information: www.tomtudorspeaks.com

LEFTOVER LICENSES STILL AVAILABLE FOR PRONGHORN, ELK, BEAR, DEER AND TURKEY

LEFTOVER LICENSES STILL AVAILABLE FOR PRONGHORN, ELK, BEAR, DEER AND TURKEY

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that there are still approximately 20,000 leftover big-game and turkey licenses are available, giving hunters plenty of opportunity to harvest a variety of species and to put fresh, healthy wild game meat on the table.

Over-the-counter elk licenses are also now available. Hunters are reminded that they can pick up a list of available leftover licenses at the nearest CPW office, a license agent or online at cpw.state.co.us.

Available leftover licenses include pronghorn, elk, bear, deer and turkey, species that can be hunted across the state on over 23 million acres of public lands, including U.S. National Forest and Bureau of Land Management lands.

“Colorado remains a hunting destination,” said Public Information Officer Matt Robbins. “One of the best features of hunting in Colorado is the unlimited number of over-the-counter elk licenses available in addition to the opportunity to hunt in some of the most scenic areas in the country.”

Robbins adds that Colorado has the largest elk herds in North America, making the state a prime hunting destination for sportsmen and women from across the country and the world.

Wildlife officials remind the public that the CPW website offers a wide variety of information, including access to hunting brochures and regional hunt guides.

One of the more popular features of the website is ‘Elk Hunting University’, which guides the novice through the license purchasing process and provides information on how to hunt elk.
Robbins adds that before heading to your preferred camping area, check with local land managers to be sure there are no last minute closures that may affect hunting plans.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that safety is the primary consideration. Dressing for the elements, carrying survival supplies, water, hunting with a buddy and letting someone know about your plans are critical tips for safety in the field.

Wildlife officials remind hunters to follow all hunting rules and regulations, including wearing at least 500 square inches of solid, daylight fluorescent orange above the waist. A fluorescent orange head-covering is also required. Additionally, being sure of your target can help prevent serious accidents and lessen the possibility of shooting the wrong animal.

To access the 2014 Colorado Big game Brochure, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/BigGame/biggame.pdf
To access the Regional Hunt Guides, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/thingstodo/Pages/BigGameHuntGuides.aspx
To access the 2014 State Recreational Land Brochure, go to www.cpw.state.co.us/Documents/RulesRegs/Brochure/lands.pdf

Contact Name: Manda Walters
Contact Phone: 303-291-7475

NAVAJO STATE PARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

NAVAJO STATE PARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SET FOR AUG. 23

ARBOLES, Colo. – This year marks the 50th Anniversary of southwest Colorado’s Navajo State Park, and the public is invited to visit the park on Aug. 23 for activities and programs to commemorate the opening. A special ceremony will be held at noon.

Anyone who participated in the construction or planning of the Navajo dam project or the park is asked to send an e-mail to Janet Clawson, park naturalist, who is collecting historical information. She also would like to hear from people who lived in the area at the time and remember development of the project, and from long-time visitors to the park. Clawson is also trying to find old pictures of the area. Contact her at janet.clawson@state.co.us; or call the park at 970-883-2208.

The park facilities opened in 1964, two years after completion of Navajo dam in New Mexico by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The dam, built on the San Juan River, backed the water up 35 miles into Colorado. The reservoir’s surface totals 15,600 acres, with about 3,000 acres on the Colorado side.

The dam was constructed as part of the Colorado River Storage Project, which also includes: the Aspinall Unit on the Gunnison River which formed Blue Mesa Reservoir; Flaming Gorge dam in Wyoming on the Green River; and Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River. The system supplies water for agriculture, industrial, municipal and recreational uses.

Navajo Reservoir provides the principal storage for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project which sends water to 110,000 acres of agricultural land on the Navajo Reservation.

Navajo State Park is a major recreational facility in southwest Colorado, drawing more than 300,000 visitors every year. The 2,100-acre park offers boating, fishing, trails, wildlife viewing, 138 camp sites, and three cabins.

On Aug. 23, all items in the visitors’ center bookstore will be discounted 15 percent.

Entry to the park costs $7 per vehicle; an annual pass costs $70.

To reserve a camp spot or a cabin, call 1-800-678-2267, or go to the reservation section of the Colorado Parks and Reservation website, http://coloradostateparks.reserveamerica.com.

For more information about all of Colorado’s state parks, go to: cpw.state.co.us.

EXTENSIVE SURVEY SHOWS PIKA POPULATIONS THRIVE IN COLORADO

DURANGO, Colo. – The pika, the cutest and toughest little critter in the Rockies, appears to be thriving throughout Colorado’s high country.

While news stories have circulated in the past few years that pikas are disappearing from the landscape, Colorado Parks and Wildlife researchers have found populations are well distributed throughout Colorado’s mountains.

“In their primary habitat, mainly at and above timberline where there is lots of talus, we find pikas almost everywhere we look,” explained Amy Seglund, a species conservation biologist for Parks and Wildlife based in Montrose.

Seglund conducted a major research project to determine the health of pika populations in Colorado in 2008. Her field crew surveyed 62 historical locations across the state to determine the presence of pikas. The animals were found in more than 90 percent of those sites. In the spots where pikas were not found the habitat was unsuitable.

Since the original surveys were completed, more than 900 occupied sites have been documented by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“We were even finding them in these little talus areas and at lower elevations where I never guessed pika would have lived,” she said.

Pikas are hardy critters that weigh just four ounces. They spend the warm months gathering vegetation that will sustain them through the winter. Pikas do not hibernate. A 1990 study showed that the average weight of their “haystacks” is 61 pounds; and that in a 10-week time period one pika will make 14,000 foraging trips – 25 per hour – to secure its food stash. Still not impressed? Well, to sustain all that work, they must fill their bellies nine times a day to keep up their energy

The news stories that stoked concern about the pika were based on a research project in Nevada’s Great Basin in 2003 that stated that global warming was the likely cause of the extirpation of some pika populations in the Great Basin.

Temperatures throughout the Mountain West certainly have been rising during the last 50 years, Seglund said. But the mountains in the Great Basin are much different than Colorado’s: they are at a lower altitude, provide limited contiguous habitat, receive less moisture and hold warmer temperatures. In Colorado there’s more available habitat, more moisture, and the summer-time temperatures are cool enough for pika to thrive. The vast majority of the available habitat for pika in Colorado is on high-elevation public land that is not heavily impacted by roads, grazing and other human activity. With few human activities nearby, pika habitat won’t be subject to fragmentation which disturbs natural connections between populations.

In the summary of her study, published in 2010, Seglund wrote: “… Though the climate may be changing in the Southern Rocky Mountains, it currently appears that climate conditions in the state fall into the realm of temperature and precipitation cycles appropriate for maintaining healthy pika populations and distribution.”

Partly based on Seglund’s research, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided not to list the pika under the Endangered Species Act.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife continues ongoing monitoring of pika populations and their habitats at 30 established sites around the state.

“The suggestion that pika were in trouble in the West is what spurred our research,” Seglund said. “This was a very important study that helped us establish a clear picture of the current state of pika populations. Global warming will present challenges for many animal species, but our study shows that Colorado’s pika populations, for now, are in good shape.”

She thinks My Tractors’ Sexy. -Baca County Parade on Tipton Street.

It was a beautiful day for the parade, not too hot and wonderful in the shade of a tree, to be watching the parade today in Baca County. Afterwards, there was the old Settlers pick-nick on the courthouse lawn and free food at the fair. I couldn’t resist chasing down this tractor with the handsome young man and his beautiful companion. Below, colorful clowns posed for a picture and Kallysa Mcgeary,  Miss Baca County rides on a very pretty antique car.

RIDGWAY STATE PARK INVITES PUBLIC TO CELEBRATE ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

RIDGWAY, Colo. – This year marks the 25th anniversary of Ridgway State Park, and the public is invited to celebrate the event at the park on Aug. 9.

The park was created as part of the Dallas Creek project, a federal Bureau of Reclamation development that built the dam on the Uncompahgre River and formed Ridgway Reservoir. The reservoir stores water for municipal, agricultural and industrial uses for the Uncompahgre Valley in western Colorado. The water helped to expand agriculture and development in the valley.

The 1,000-acre reservoir is also a major recreational amenity and helps to attract more than 300,000 visitors to the park annually. The park includes bike and hiking trails, 285 campsites, a swim beach, boat ramp, cabins and yurts, shower-restroom buildings and a kids’ playground. The reservoir is regularly stocked with rainbow trout.

As part of the celebration, the park will be offering numerous activities.

Free boat and ground tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each boat tour can accommodate 10-12 people and will last about 40 minutes. These tours will be ideal for those who don’t have a boat and who want to tour the reservoir.

The ground tours will be done by vehicle and can accommodate 20 people at a time. These tours will give visitors a chance to see all the major park facilities.

For children, the regular Saturday “Nature Detectives” program will be offered starting at 9:30 a.m. This week, kids will learn about bears in fun, hands-on activities.

Local folksinger David Nunn will perform a concert at the swim beach from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A history booth and displays will be set up all day to showcase the park and surrounding area. A new diorama will also be displayed for the first item at the visitor’s center.

The Friends of Ridgway State Park will also be selling hot dogs and other snacks at the swim beach. At the park gift shop a “draw your own discount” sale will make items available at mark-downs from 20-40 percent.

In the evening, local adventurer Aaron Ihinger will talk about the tallest 100 mountains in Colorado in a program entitled “Colorado’s Centennial Peaks.” The program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the visitors’ center.

Besides the special activities, the swim beach is open, and fishing is reported to be excellent in the reservoir and at Pa-Co-Chu-Puk on the Uncompahgre River below the dam.

All the programs are free. Entry to the park is $7 per vehicle, or $70 for an annual pass. To make reservations to camp at the park, call 1-800-678-2267 or 1-303-470-1144, or go to:

http://coloradostateparks.reserveamerica.com.

For more information, call 970-626-5822.

Ridgway State Park is located on U.S. Highway 550, about 20 miles south of Ridgway in Ouray County.

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

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

Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement with ARPA

Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement

In a Special Meeting held on July 29, 2014 the City of Trinidad, Colorado approved the Settlement Agreement with the Arkansas River Power Authority (“ARPA”) and Syncora Guarantee Inc., which resolves the City of Trinidad, Colorado v. Arkansas River Power Authority, No. 2011cv30 (Colo. Dist. Ct.) and Syncora Guarantee Inc. v. City of Trinidad, Colorado, No. 13-CV-01332 (D. Colo.) litigations. The City sued ARPA over three years ago in an effort to control escalating energy costs directly related to ARPA’s Lamar Repowering Project (“LRP”). The City’s efforts regarding this Settlement were directed at providing for long term viability of ARPA and stabilizing the City’s future energy rates.

The Settlement Agreement provides that ARPA will review analyses regarding the decommission, deconstruction or otherwise prompt disposal of the LRP. Preliminary studies and recent presentations by ARPA have indicated that the impact of shutting down the plant will help stabilize electric rates and provide a substantial future savings over past expenditures. The parties have developed an agreement for disposing of the LRP in a manner that generates the maximum revenue for ARPA. Any revenue from the disposition of the LRP will be specifically allocated to a “Rate Reduction Fund.”

ARPA has also sued the boiler manufacturer Babcock & Wilcox as a result of the boiler’s inability to meet is performance/emissions guarantees, the principal problem with the LRP. With certain limitations, any funds generated from that litigation will also be allocated to the “Rate Reduction Fund.”

This fund is designated for activities that minimize or stabilize the rates, or minimize any required increase in rates, charged to the Member Municipalities for the electricity they purchase from ARPA. Monies from the Rate Reduction Fund may be used by ARPA to reduce its bond debt, which comprises a significant portion of the energy costs to consumers. If ARPA management believes that monies from the Rate Reduction Fund should be used for a purpose other than the reduction of bond debt, such alternatives must be approved by a supermajority of two-thirds vote of the ARPA Board of Directors. The City believes these additional controls provide the Member Municipalities the opportunity for greater input and involvement in decisions affecting their future energy rates.

While Syncora initially agreed, as part of previous settlement discussions, to contribute $2,035,000 that would be earmarked to retire or pay off ARPA’s 2003 series bonds, such agreement was conditioned on all of the ARPA Member Municipalities agreeing to reaffirm the Organic Contract and Power Supply Agreement. Such funding would have benefited all six municipalities by reducing ARPA’s bond debt. With the City of Lamar’s recent lawsuit against ARPA and Syncora, that reaffirmation was not possible. Therefore, Syncora agreed to offer $2,035,000, on a pro rata basis, directly to the Member Municipalities who reaffirm their commitment to ARPA and waive any past claims against ARPA and Syncora. These pro-rata payments are conditioned upon at least five of the six Member Municipalities approving a resolution agreeing to these terms. The City of Trinidad has executed such a resolution and expects to receive a pro-rata share equal to $410,005.00.

Syncora has also agreed to pay the City of Trinidad $600,000, which will partially reimburse the City’s legal fees. While the litigations have cost the City more than the $600,000 the City’s objective was not to profit at the expense of the other Member Municipalities, but rather to control ARPA’s increasing energy costs and stabilize energy rates, not only for the City’s citizens, but for all ARPA Member Municipalities. Putting an end to the LRP meets that objective.

Contact: Audra Garrett, Acting City Manager (719) 846-9843

SEVERE WEATHER RESULTS IN THE DEATH OF BACA COUNTY RESIDENT

SEVERE WEATHER RESULTS IN THE DEATH OF BACA COUNTY RESIDENT

VILAS COLORADO:  July 30th, 2014 – At 0630 hours this morning the Baca County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a house that received severe wind damage resulting in structural collapse late last night. The reporting party stated that his neighbor’s house is no longer standing that the storm had demolished it.

Upon arrival of emergency services it was confirmed that mobile structure at 35995 County Road CC.5 which was attached to a block foundation was completely destroyed.  This residence was the home of Donald Falconburg age 84 who was in the residence at the time of the incident and did not survive the collapse of the home.

At the time of this Press Release the The National Weather Service has yet to determine the weather event that caused the incident.

Source: baca-county-sheriffs-office facebook page.

Lightning Storm in Springfield Knocks out Power

SPRINGFIELD: A lightning storm began late on July 30th with a loud clap of thunder.  The second strike knocked out the power and left me sitting at my computer in total darkness. It also  brought heavy rain  and lots of  thunder for the next hour and a half, lasting  until about 1:30 a.m.  The town was in total darkness except for flashes of light, lighting up the sky like a strobe light, while the rain poured down.  At about 2:00 a.m. it was silent and the power was restored.   Pictures here are frames of a two minute video taken from my front porch.

4th Annual FAL Early Settlers Day Art Show

The Fine Arts League will sponsor the 4th Annual FAL Early Settlers Day Art Show at the Kiva Indian Museum located at 115 W 18th in La Junta.  Registration will be on Thursday, September 11 noon to 6 pm; judging will be on Friday, September 12, from 9 am to noon; art show open for the public on Saturday, September 13, 9 am to 7 pm; reception, open to public, on Sunday, noon to 4 pm  with awards at 3 pm; checkout after reception at 4 pm–no early pickups.

Items should be completed within the last 3 years.  All paintings must be framed or on gallery wrapped canvas and ready to hang with wire.  Size limitation for wall is 48″ x 48″ including frame.  Artist must be 18 years of age.  Cost is $10 per entry with a maximum of 5 entries per artist.

All work must be for sale with a minimum price of $50 per piece.  Please do not enter pieces you are not willing to sell.  There will be a 20% commission on all sales for nonmembers and a 15% commission on all sales for Fine Arts League members.  Membership is $24 per year.

Cash prizes are :  Best of Show, $150; Judges Choice, $100; First Place Each Category, Ribbon.  Well known artist, Theresa Vito of Pueblo, will be the judge.  She has conducted workshops in Colorado, New Mexico, France, Mexico, Italy, Thailand, Laos, Spain and Morocco.  A judges luncheon for all participants who want to attend will be held after the judging on Friday.  You may sign up for this at registration.

Registration forms will be available when you register.  If you know of others that may be interested, please forward this message–especially if you have a list of artists you send to.
Thank you,
Donna Abert, Advertising
Sherry Manyik, President

BIG GAME HUNTING STORIES

NOW POSTED ON CPW WEBSITE

MEDIA ADVISORY: 2014
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is again providing its annual story package for the 2014 Big Game Hunting season. All media outlets are invited to use these for specials sections, on Web sites or in regular publications. Organizations and individuals are also invited to share these with friends, family and others who might benefit.
These are general stories that provide basic information and tips to big game hunters. Topics include: care of big game meat; what hunters should do if they make a mistake in the field; proper use of off-road vehicles; common violations, and more.
To access the stories, go to: cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/BigGameHuntingStories.aspx.
Photos from the agency’s image database are also available at this link: http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/PhotoGallery.aspx. The database is searchable. To download photos, simply copy and paste. If photos are used, please credit: Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Following is the list of the stories available this year:

  • Long-term efforts saved Colorado wildlife
  • Common hunting violations can be costly
  • Moose or elk? Be sure of your target
  • High altitude survival
  • How not to get lost in the woods
  • How to hunt elk
  • How to hunt mule deer
  • How to hunt safely
  • Internet resources for hunters
  • Hunting and wildlife management in Colorado
  • Hunting ethically
  • Hunting gear checklist
  • Pronghorn provide unique hunting challenge
  • Follow these rules when hunting with horses
  • What to do if you make a mistake while hunting
  • Know the rules and know your limits
  • Be sure to know where you’re hunting
  • Other big game hunting in Colorado
  • Poaching a constant problem
  • Preference points – understanding the system
  • Some private ranches open to hunters
  • Taking care of big game meat
  • Use OHVs properly; know the rules
  • Colorado Hunting Atlas provides on-line scouting tools
  • Caring for your campsite

If you have questions about these stories or for hunting in general in Colorado, you can contact one of the agency’s public information officers:

Northeast region: Jennifer Churchill – 303-291-7234, Jennifer.Churchill@state.co.us

Southwest region: Joe Lewandowski – 970-375-6708, joe.lewandowski@state.co.us

Northwest region: Mike Porras – 970-255-6162, mike.porras@state.co.us

Southeast region: Abbie Walls – 719-227-5211, abbie.walls@state.co.us

Statewide: Matt Robbins – 303-291-7482, matt.robbins@state.co.us

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

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

CPW HOLDS WEST SLOPE MULE DEER SUMMIT

DENVER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), in coordination with The Keystone Center, will hold a West Slope Mule Deer Summit in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Aug. 9th.

The summit agenda includes presentation of a draft of the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy slated to be released early next month.

The event is free and open to the public. CPW and The Keystone Center invite public review and comments on the West Slope Mule Deer Strategy draft as it serves as a guide to future CPW efforts to increase mule deer populations in Western Colorado.

The summit is in response to recent mule deer population declines across the Western U.S. and specifically, several areas on the West Slope, including the White River National Forest

“The declining mule deer population concerns our agency and many stakeholders across the state,” said CPW Wildlife and Natural Resources Assistant Director, Chad Bishop. The West Slope Mule Deer Summit is intended to bring people together to identify shared strategies that ensure one of Colorado’s most cherished species remains abundant for future generations.”

CPW and The Keystone center have facilitated seven public meetings, including two on Colorado’s Front Range and five on the West Slope, so far this year. Discussions between  sportsmen, landowners, outfitters, biologists, wildlife managers, other state and federal agencies, local elected officials and interested members of the public have focused on issues facing mule deer and possible solutions.

Ron Velarde, CPW Northwest regional manager recognizes the value of this diverse problem-solving group.

“The experience and ideas we have heard really help us move forward in trying to increase mule deer to a healthy population number,” said Velarde. “The summit will finalize our strategy for restoring and preserving mule deer on Colorado’s West Slope.

Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy Summit
August 9, 201410:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th St., Glenwood Springs Colorado 81601

Register online at http://keystone.org/muledeerstatesummit to attend or be notified of  when the draft Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy is available. Learn about Colorado’s Mule Deer Story at http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/CO-MuleDeerStory.aspx.

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

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

SUMMER DANCE PARTY @ Lamar Public Library!

You’re invited to a SUMMER DANCE PARTY @ Lamar Public Library!

When: FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st @ 7:00 pm

Where: Lamar Public Library’s Cultural Events Center

102 E. Parmenter St., Lamar, CO 81052

It’s FREE and It’s FUN…..for the entire FAMILY!!!

A variety of music will be played…..come one, come all!!

Event is free but donations are appreciated!  All donations go toward the library’s program budget!

COLORADO RECEIVES 750K LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND GRANT

COLORADO RECEIVES 750K LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND GRANT

DENVER – The State of Colorado received a $750,000 award this month through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for establishing and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities.

“This award ensures we can continue to broaden and strengthen Colorado’s outdoor recreation community,” said Bob Broscheid, Colorado Parks and Wildlife director.

The award is disbursed to local governments through an annual grant cycle administered by Colorado State Trails Program, within CPW. Applications are analyzed and scored based upon priorities outlined in Colorado’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP).

The Town of Lyons, hit hard by last years flood, was recently selected by CPW to receive LWCF funds. Lyons Park & Recreation Director, David Cosgrove, is anxious to get the project started.

“Everything up to this point has been emergency and temporary measures,” said Cosgrove. “These funds are critical in our flood recovery efforts, now we can move forward on permanent structures that will bring folks back.”

Since the programs inception, CPW has awarded almost 1,000 projects on LWCF’s behalf, totaling approximately $58 million throughout Colorado.  Each projects improves the quality of life for the 90 percent of Coloradans who participate in outdoor recreation to bike and hike endless trails, and fish local lakes.

The LWCF was established by Congress in 1964 to ensure access to outdoor recreation resources for present and future generation, and to provide money to federal, state and local governments to purchase land, water and wetlands for the benefit of all Americans.

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