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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

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 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.

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.

SEASONAL CLOSURES AT CRAWFORD, PAONIA STATE PARKS

SEASONAL CLOSURES AT CRAWFORD, PAONIA STATE PARKS

MONTROSE, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) Paonia State Park has closed for the winter season. There are no facilities available at Paonia during the winter months. Paonia State Park will reopen for the summer season May 2015.

In addition, CPW Crawford State Park boat ramp is now closed for the season and is slated to reopen in April 2015. Crawford still provides many different opportunities including hiking, fall colors, bird watching, camping and during winter months, ice fishing.

Hand carried non-motorized, non-trailered boats are still allowed on Crawford and Sweitzer Lake.

Sweitzer Lake State Park is also closed to motorized, trailered boats, however it is a great time of year to visit the park while duck season is in full swing. See if you can flush a duck at the park in one of the three blinds available on a first come first serve basis on opening days of the duck seasons and Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. See CPW’s 2014 Colorado Waterfowl brochure for more information.

Camping, hiking a trail or shoreline fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy the fall season with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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.

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.

LAST MONTH FOR BOATING AT JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK

LAST MONTH FOR BOATING AT JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK

HASTY, Colo. – Fall has officially arrived which means the end of boating season at John Martin Reservoir State Park is drawing near. Boating season will come to a close at the reservoir Oct. 31, but there are still plenty of other outdoor activities to enjoy past October such as camping, fishing, bird watching and hiking.

Water levels at John Martin Reservoir State Park have been dropping recently and have now reached a point that makes it difficult for larger vessels to launch. The East Boat Ramp remains open and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to inform visitors of the challenges they may face.

Smaller vessels (19 foot or less) can still launch with relative ease but may require a higher profile vehicle such as a pick-up truck to back them in far enough to get off the trailer. Hand launch craft such as canoes and kayaks will be also allowed to continue launching. Larger vessels that have a deep hull or a trailer that sits high above the ground will have difficulty or be unable to launch. Hand launched vessels, without gasoline motors, may be used after Oct. 31 in designated areas in the reservoir. The vessels must be launched from the north or south wildlife area and remain west of the waterfowl closure line.

Inspections for Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) are still in effect until the reservoir closes for boating. Hours for the station have been reduced to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October offers enjoyable boating with less crowds and visitors are encouraged to enjoy it while they still can.

For the most current conditions call 719-829-1801 or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JohnMartinReservoirStatePark

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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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 FREE LEGAL CLINIC – BACA COUNTY:

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

FREE LEGAL CLINIC – BACA COUNTY - First-come, First-served;  ALL FREE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Springfield

A free legal clinic for parties who have no attorney, will be featured from 2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Springfield Public Library at 1260 South Main Street, Suite #1 in the Resource Center in Springfield.    By computer link, volunteer attorneys will answer questions one-on-one, help fill out forms, and explain the process and procedure for civil litigation, family law, property law, probate law, collections, appeals, landlord-tenant law, 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 2014 are:    October 15,  November 19,  and December 17.


Looking for work?

SO YOU ARE LOOKING FOR WORK? Really? Work is not hard to find, there is plenty of work that needs to be done and nobody is doing it. So finding “work” is not the problem.

The problem is finding a way to get compensated for your work. Unfortunately, with all the ways the government controls business it is difficult for a business to hire and manage employees, pay wages, benefits, insurance etc. I would like to see people who are ‘looking for work” start solving the problem of how they might be compensated for their work. Work for yourself first, and then work for others but how about contracting your labor. Be your own boss. There is plenty of work to be done.

FREE ADS HERE FOR ANYONE WILLING TO WORK. What can you do? What do you have to trade? Will you trade work for work? Will your trade goods for work? What will you charge for your work? Put your ads here free in our classified ads section. gloria@springfieldcolorado.com.

Strange Reports of Fireball in Sky over Colorado and someone is lying..

By Gloria Jean
Whenever I get a strange report in my email from a Sorcha Faal newlsetter, I sometimes like to follow up with some research to see if I can find information conflicting or confirming such reports and find out what is really going on. I looked into this particular report because it concerned a fireball seen over Colorado this month on September 2 or 3, depending on what news source you are reading. It was either Sept 2 or Sept 3rd. around 10:30 p.m..

Seth Hornstein
Director of the Sommers-Bausch Observatory at the University of Colorado, Seth Hornstein, said that the meteor was approximately the size of a sports ball, either a baseball or a volleyball. Though that doesn’t seem like it is too big, he explained that usually the size of the fireball would be the size of a pebble or a grain of sand. (International Business Times, http://au.ibtimes.com/)

The American Meteor Society
“On September 3, the American Meteor Society revealed more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses who said they had seen a big fireball streaking across the sky. Website spaceflight101.com, dedicated to covering spaceflight events, assumed the fireball could have been Kosmos-2495 falling apart in the air. The American Meteor Society, a nonprofit organization that tracks such sightings.”

(Note the words “alleged eyewitnesses” and “assumed.)

JFCC Space
In still another report: “The US Strategic Command’s Joint Functional Component Command for Space [JFCC Space] through the Joint Space Operations Center [JSpOC] assesses with high confidence that Kosmos-2495 reentered the atmosphere and was removed from the US satellite catalog as a decayed object on September 3,” the spokesman said.”

(Here, a seemingly more credible source “assesses with high confidence” that the fireball was Russian Kosmos-2495.)

(Kosmos-2495, a member of the Yantar Russian satellite series, was launched on May 6, 2014, designed to operate on a low Earth orbit.)

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces have dismissed US media rumors of a Russian military satellite allegedly exploding above the United States. ““The Russian satellite group functions normally and is being constantly monitored by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces,” said Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the ministry, according to RIA Novosti.”

And then the highly suspicious report from Sorcha Faal says: “Russian Satellite Destroys “Nazi” UFO Over Colorado.
“A shocking new report prepared by the Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) that is circulating in the Kremlin today states that Kosmos-2495, while it was conducting its “routine maneuvers” for a controlled re-entry to Orenburg Oblast on 3 September, encountered over the American State of Colorado a “massive triangular low Earth orbit” space vehicle with Nazi-like “rune” markings which was subsequently destroyed by the Russian satellites “countermeasures”.

(Sorcha Faal is the alleged author of an ongoing series of “reports” published at WhatDoesItMean.com, whose work is of such quality that even other conspiracy nutters don’t think much of it. There is a high chance that “Sorcha Faal” is actually David Booth, the owner/operator of the website, or someone collaborating with him.) ~~ Wikipedia

So take your pick on what source you want to believe. Its a crazy world and no one really knows what is going on. I am pretty sure someone is lying. What do I think?  I think the Sorcha Faal story is ridiculous and the Russians are lying,  If any of these reports are true, I would go with the JFCC’s report that the Russian Satellite fell apart, —  or there is another possibility, (my own idea) that maybe it was shot down on purpose for trying to spy on us. (Or perhaps it was shot down by the massive triangular space vehicle with the strange Nazi-like rune markings.  Those triangular craft, I have heard, have been called “death stars” and a mere satellite would be no match for it.)

Plainsman Herald has new owner.

As of September 4th 2014, The Plainsman Herald has a new owner: Kathy Nutt,  Their first edition published was  Vol 128 –No. 14  on Sept 11, 2014.

The Plainsman Herald was established in 1887 and is published once a week on Thursday.

New Email: plainsmanherald@gmail.com

New billing address: PO Box 34 Springfield Colorado 81073

Boating and Floating, Two Buttes Lake Labor day pics.

She’s thinking: “My boat’s the fasted one on the lake I bet….”

Pretending to be an alligator?

Floating skier gets ready for take off…. “READY SET…….

The Fish Were Hiding on Labor Day at Two Buttes Lake

You can’t say they didn’t try but the fish were hiding on Labor Day as boats, skiers and swimmers went crashing and splashing around on the new pristine pond we call Two Buttes Lake.  We know there are large trout in there because we have seen them jump and we have seen pictures, but this day they did not come out to play.

Skiing and Boating at Two Buttes Lake

He looks like he is walking on water as this skier glides by as boaters in the background launch another boat at Two Buttes Lake on Labor Day.