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Triumph Bancorp, Inc. to Acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.

DALLAS, March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TBK) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc., parent of Colorado East Bank & Trust, headquartered in Lamar, Colorado.

ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company with $759 million in total assets as of 12/31/2015. Its community banking subsidiary, Colorado East Bank & Trust, offers personal checking, savings, CD, money market, HSA, IRA, NOW and business accounts, as well as consumer, commercial and mortgage loans from 18 branches and one loan production office located throughout Colorado and far western Kansas.

“Triumph’s acquisition of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. will provide immediate and long-term benefits to both of our organizations,” commented Aaron P. Graft, Vice Chairman and CEO of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. “We are excited to welcome the customers and staff of Colorado East Bank & Trust to the Triumph Bancorp group of companies.”

Stephen A. Sherlock, Vice Chairman and CEO of Colorado East Bank & Trust commented, “We are pleased to join a dynamic and entrepreneurial organization with a track record of strong growth. By partnering with Triumph we will be able to offer our customers the same level of prompt, professional and personal service they are accustomed to along with an expanded product offering in support of local economic and civic development in the communities in which we operate.”

The definitive merger agreement provides for Triumph Bancorp, Inc. to acquire ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. will pay $70 million for the outstanding common stock of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. Consideration could be reduced to $69 million should ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. not achieve certain targets.

The merger has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval of the merger agreement by ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. shareholders and receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.

Triumph Bancorp, Inc. was advised in this transaction by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as legal counsel. Performance Trust, LLC rendered a fairness opinion to the Board of Directors of ColoEast Bankshares, Inc. in connection with this transaction. Bieging, Shapiro & Barber acted as legal counsel to ColoEast Bankshares, Inc.

Aaron P. Graft, Vice Chairman and CEO, and Bryce Fowler, CFO, of Triumph, will host a conference call for investors and analysts, to discuss the transaction details, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Central Time on Monday, March 7th, 2016.

To participate in the live conference call, please dial 1 (855) 779-1042 (U.S. and Canada) and enter Conference ID # 62419950. A simultaneous audio-only webcast may be accessed via Triumph’s website at www.triumphbancorp.com through the Investor Relations, News & Events and Webcasts and Presentations links, or through a direct link here at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/zyesxsgp. An archive of this conference call will subsequently be available at this same location on Triumph’s website.

About Triumph

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:TBK) is a financial holding company with a diversified line of community banking, commercial finance and asset management activities. www.triumphbancorp.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Investors are cautioned that such statements, including statements with respect to the expected benefits of the proposed transaction and the timing of the proposed transaction, are predictions and that actual events or results may differ materially. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those we may expect, including, but not limited to: economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations; competition; the possibility that the expected benefits related to the proposed transaction may not materialize as expected; the proposed transaction not being timely completed, if completed at all; prior to the completion of the proposed transaction, ColoEast’s business experiencing disruptions due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, customers, other business partners or governmental entities, difficulty retaining key employees, and the parties being unable to successfully implement integration strategies or to achieve expected synergies and operating efficiencies within the expected time-frames or at all; and other factors identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” and the forward-looking statement disclosure contained in Triumph’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on February 26, 2016. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and Triumph undertakes no duty to update such information.

Investor Relations:
Luke Wyse
Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations
lwyse@triumphllc.com
214-365-6936

Media Contact:
Amanda Tavackoli
Vice President, Marketing & Communication
atavackoli@triumphllc.com
214-365-6930

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Exercise for Older Adults

Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging Celebrates Go4Life® Month
with Event Highlighting Importance of Exercise for Older Adults

September has been designated Go4Life Month and the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging is celebrating by partnering with Springfield Resource Center to offer an exercise class on Thursday, September 17th at 12pm at 1260 Main Street. The class will be led by Lisa Bamber, an instructor at Otero Junior College and certified by the National Exercise Trainers Association. Free materials on exercise techniques will be distributed at the event.

Go4Life is the national exercise and physical activity campaign for people 50+ from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The campaign seeks to empower older adults to become more physically active.

The Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to serving seniors in Southeast Colorado. In accordance with the Older Americans Act, the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging provides services and advocacy to older adults. The service goals are to enrich the lives of older Coloradans and to help maximize independence while enhancing quality of life. The agency is participating in Go4Life to draw attention to the importance of aging well.

Go4Life is based on studies showing that older adults can exercise safely and should exercise regularly to help prevent many of the chronic conditions and disability associated with aging. Despite the growing list of benefits of exercise for people of all ages, U.S. adults tend to become less active as they age. Go4Life is trying to make a difference, by providing information and motivational tools to help older adults increase their physical activity and by working with the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging to support their efforts.

The centerpiece of the Go4Life campaign is an interactive website—Go4Life.nia.nih.gov—with sample exercises, success stories, and free materials to motivate the growing numbers of Baby Boomers—and their parents—get ready, start exercising, and keep going to improve their health and achieve a better quality of life.

For more information about the Lower Arkansas Valley Area Agency on Aging, please visit www.oterogov.com/departments/human-services/adult-services/area-agency-on-aging or call (719) 383-3166. Visit Go4life.nia.nih.gov/month to learn more about Go4Life Month.

Go4Life® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S.Census Bureau Community Survey and why you should refuse to fill it out.

BIG BROTHER’s
U.S.CENSUS BUREAU American Community Survey
and why you should refuse to fill it out.

The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing statistical survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. The letter comes to a randomly selected house addressed to “the resident” and asks you to respond by going to their website where you will be asked a lot of personal and highly invasive questions regarding how much you earn, what you pay for utilities, what utilities you use, how many bathrooms, bedrooms, age of your house, exactly what time you leave for work, and other very unnecessary personal questions etc. The survey asks for more information, and at a higher frequency, than the simple enumeration required by U.S. Constitution Article I Section 2.

Despite the GAO’s conclusion that the Census Bureau has the authority to conduct the survey under 13 U.S.C. § 141 and 13 U.S.C. § 193, several U.S. representatives have challenged the ACS as unauthorized by the Census Act and violative of the Right to Financial Privacy Act. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who opposes the ACS, said of that the founding fathers of the United States “never authorized the federal government to continuously survey the American people.

The agents working for the Census Bureau prefer to gain cooperation by trying to convince respondents of the importance of participation. Failing that, they are quick to tell you that it is required by law. (Title 13, Code, Sections 141, 193, and 221) and that you could be fined. The Department of Commerce has stated that those who receive a survey form are legally obligated to respond to the ACS. Those who decline to complete the survey often receive follow-up phone calls or visits to their homes from Census Bureau personnel who keep coming back after you have told them you will not agree to complete their survey. A friend told me she once worked for them and their task was to collect GPS coordinates of where the front door was of each and every residence as well as verify the address in the database.

People who have refused to comply to this invasion of privacy have reported being harassed with numerous phone calls and home visits by agents who, after failing to convince you to do your “civic duty,” have used threats and intimidation about how they must comply by law or they can be fined for refusing to fill out the survey or for willfully providing false information. To date, no person has ever been prosecuted for refusing to answer the ACS. Former Director of the Census Bureau Kenneth Prewitt remarked that the Department of Commerce is “not an enforcement agency” and that “the Department of Justice would have to do the prosecution, and we don’t recommend that.

I think the time has come for some civil disobedience and the intrusive nature of this American Community Survey makes is the perfect place to start. The American people need to draw a line in the sand and tell the reprobates in the federal government we will no longer tolerate their usurpations of power.

These agents don’t care about your constitutional rights and they don’t read you cover letters. They have no respect for your freedom or right to privacy and will just ignore your protest and refusal and continue their harassing tactics. Collections agencies are not allowed to use these tactics so what makes these people think they have a right to?

If you order a trespasser to leave AND leave you alone and said trespasser continues to attempt to engage you in conversation, you can press charges for harassment as well as trespassing. There are statutes that make harassment a misdemeanor. Simple English: If they don’t leave when you order them to do so, call the law. You do NOT have to wait until they return to press charges.

While this survey letter and the agents assures people that the survey is “completely confidential” it would be wise to remember that Census Bureau information was used to locate thousands of Japanese American Citizens and round them up during World War II. The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States was the forced relocation and incarceration during World War II of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the Pacific coast in virtually slave labor camps in the interior of the country.

Passion 4 Paint – Rock Art

As a community center, the library is more than a repository of knowledge and technology. The library is also a cultural center and art is a natural extension of this place in the community.

People have been painting rocks for centuries

Rocks are like fingerprints–no two are exactly alike–which makes them a great art base!

Passion 4 Paint – Rock Art @ Your Library

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13th @ 7:00 pm

We will supply all the materials for this first rock painting event (rocks, paints, markers, brushes)

You are welcome to bring any supplies you would rather use

Misty L. Warren

Library Assistant, Senior

Lamar Public Library

Read, Learn, Succeed….for a Lifetime

102 E. Parmenter St., Lamar, CO 81052

Phone: 719-336-1292

Fax: 719-336-1294

lamarlibrary.colibraries.org

lamarlibrary.colibraries.org

Blue Skies in Baca County

Picture taken July 13th, 2015.

Someone’s Not Happy With Government

At ten mile corner in Baca County  someone decided to voice their unhappiness with some of our leaders.

Unique Teacher Workshops at Mueller State Park

Contact Name: Linda Groat
Contact Phone: 719-687-2366

Unique Teacher Workshops at Mueller State Park

Mueller State Park is offering three unique workshops for Teachers. Learn new ways to catch your students interest and get them engaged in math, science and reading! In these day-long classes, teachers will walk away with lots of new ideas, award-winning curriculum and resources! Teachers may choose to get college credit for these classes also. Not just for teachers; scout leaders, home school folks and anyone with an interest in learning will enjoy these workshops!

Thursday, July 16th – Mammals of Colorado.
Discover the many species of mammals in Colorado and learn about their interesting life histories. Jump in with lots of hands-on activities with skins, skulls, tracks and scat. Biologist Julie Stiver with Colorado Parks and Wildlife will discuss how these animals fit into their habitats and the techniques used to manage them. A hike in Mueller State Park is included. This class is listed in the Florissant Fossil Beds Seminar Series.

Wednesday, July 29th – Project Archaeology
Have you ever found an arrowhead, piece of pottery or rusty old tool and wondered who left it there? Project Archaeology gives students a basic understanding of how archaeology works and teaches them to respect and protect our nation’s cultural heritage. “Project Archaeology-Intrigue of the Past,” is a program designed for teachers of fourth through seventh grade but anyone would enjoy the contents of the seminar. The program uses archaeology to teach science, math, history, social studies, art, language, and higher thinking skills such as problem solving, synthesis, and evaluation. The program will give an eye opening understanding of the process and a new perspective on archaeological resources. This class is listed in the Florissant Fossil Beds Seminar Series.

Thursday, August 6th – Project Wild
Project WILD captures the attention of students by using wildlife as the topic. As one of the most widely-used education programs of its kind among educators of students in kindergarten through high school, its mission is to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education to foster responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.

To register or get more information about these classes, please contact Linda Groat at Mueller State Park, 719-687-2366 ext. 107 or linda.groat@state.co.us

Participants must pre-register. Some fees are required and tuition is required for the optional college credit.

Mueller State Park is located just 45 minutes from Colorado Springs on the west side of Pike’s Peak. For more information about Mueller State Park go to cpw.state.co.us

FREE LEGAL CLINIC SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

FREE LEGAL CLINIC SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 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: July 8; August 12; September 9; October 14; November 11; and December 9, 2015

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

DASH ACROSS AMERICA bicyclers pass through Springfield

They began their trip on Memorial Day May 25th 2015, and have been bicycling from Oceanside, California, and are headed to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. to participate in the special 40th anniversary event, “Our Journey to Freedom,” at the Kennedy Center, see http://OurJourneyToFreedom.org.

They were here in Springfield on June 1, and stayed at the StageStop Hotel.

Dash Across America is a 3,004 mile coast-to-coast bicycle ride to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese American journey to freedom and to pay tribute to those heroes who valiantly fight and give their lives to preserve freedom.

In 1975, the first wave of Vietnamese people immigrated to the United States of America seeking freedom from communism––our journey to freedom. Now 40 years later, they are using their freedom to fight for the freedom of others.

There are 30 million people who are victims of human trafficking all across our world––more than any other point in human history. Not only is this unimaginable, but it is unjust. Therefore, we have partnered with the Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA), an international anti-human trafficking initiative founded by Boat People SOS (BPSOS). And together, we are fighting to abolish modern day slavery in the 21st century. Visit their website at http://DashAcrossAmerica.com.

FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

FREE LEGAL CLINIC AT YOUR SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY IN SPRINGFIELD

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

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

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

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED; ALL FREE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

Dear Friend,

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

EVENT: Town Hall with Congressman Ken Buck

DATE: Saturday, May 30, 2015

TIME: 2:00-3:00pm MST

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

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

Find out more here.

Sincerely,

Ken Buck

Jacob Wright from Walsh Recognized

Veterinarians Recognize Walsh Student in 2015 CSU Science and Engineering Fair

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campo, Small town, Big Ticket Farm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FREE FISHING EVENTS FOR KIDS IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO

FREE FISHING EVENTS FOR KIDS IN SOUTHEAST COLORADO

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

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

See below for the schedule of fishing clinics:

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

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

For more information call 719-336-6600.

BOATERS SHOULD DE-WINTERIZE BOATS FOR SPRING

CPW REMINDS BOATERS TO DE-WINTERIZE BOATS FOR SPRING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Tuesday blasted Republicans

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

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

GUIDED YOUTH TURKEY HUNT OFFERED

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

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

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

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

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

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

DWM Mike Swaro
815 Ashley Road
Craig, CO 81625

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK BOAT RAMPS OPEN

JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR STATE PARK BOAT RAMPS OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

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