Colorado Division of Wildlife biologists are reporting success rates equal to or higher than previous years for the 2004 deer and elk second rifle season for most areas of the state.
Based on field reports, deer success rates in particular have increased over what had been seen in recent years. The higher success rates could be indicating a comeback for Colorado's deer population, which has been hindered due to the drought that has gripped the state for the past several years.
The DOW is reminding hunters who plan on hunting during the upcoming third and fourth big game rifle seasons to enjoy the high success rates, but, most importantly, to be safe while in the field.
Hunters continue to do well north of Craig in the Black Mountain, Bear's Ears and Quaker mountain areas for both deer and elk. DOW Biologist Darby Finley said the same is true in the Williams Fork drainage and in the Indian Run State Wildlife Area south of Craig.
Deer hunting was good on the Cathedral Rim during the second season, but the rest of the Piceance Creek Basin did not provide high success rates. There were some elk taken in the Blacks Gulch and Colorow Mountain areas west of Meeker, but the deer hunting was slow.
Higher elk success rates during the second season were found in the wilderness areas, but overall success rates for both deer and elk were low south of the White River.
Hunters with licenses for the third and fourth seasons should rest assured that success rates could jump dramatically if any significant weather events hit the area.
DOW biologist Jim Hicks said the elk harvest during the first part of the second season in the Yampa Valley was low due to the fact that many of the elk moved onto private land, and the elk that remained on public property had done a good job of eluding hunters.
Deer hunters were more successful with some large bucks being taken.
Deer and elk hunters in North Park experienced high success rates.
Boys and Girls Club receives $20,000 grant
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig has received a $20,000 Daniels Fund grant to assist in the renovation of the gymnasium and to support general operating expenses. The fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Club president Pres Askew and his wife, Patti, met Daniels in 1983 and had the opportunity to get to know him during the next several years.
"Bill was an outstanding individual and a great business man. He would be pleased to know that a substantial part of the money Patti and I contributed to help establish our club came from investments we made in some of Bill's cable partnerships in the 1980s. Now, the charitable foundation he established is also assisting our community to provide an outstanding facility and programs for our youth," Askew said.
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig started June 14 with 70 members and now has more than 250 members. In addition to serving youths of the community, the club makes its building available to a large number of other community organizations. Jonathan Godes, Executive Director for the BGCC, project that membership will reach 350 by the end of this year and 500 or more by June. For more information about the BGCC, call 826-0411.
Use of carbon monoxide
detectors urged: State
State health officials are urging Coloradans to purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in their homes to prevent exposure to the deadly gas. According to Colorado Department of Public Health statistics, 200 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning associated with home fuel-burning heating equipment.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced when any fuel is incompletely burned. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to flu-like illnesses and include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, nausea and irregular breathing.
The first line of defense is to make certain that all fuel-burning appliances operate properly, but a properly working carbon monoxide detector is the second defense that can provide an early warning to consumers before gas builds up to a dangerous level. Most devices cost under $100. Susan Parachini, a program manager for the Department of Public health and Environment's Consumer Protection Division, said, "Carbon monoxide detectors are as important to home safety as smoke detectors are." Call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Consumer Protection Division at (303) 692-3620.
Farmers Union to meet
in Hayden on Thursday
The Northwest Colorado Farmers Union, which includes Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is holding a county meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden. Any area residents interested in agricultural issues may attend. U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency representative Pat Moralez will discuss Farm Service Agency programs at the meeting. In addition, officers and delegates to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Convention in Denver will be elected, and members will discuss policy changes that need to be presented to the RMFU policy committee at the convention.
For questions on the meeting or Farmers Union activity in the tri-county area, call union President John Allen at 824-6761.
Arthritis sufferers have support group available
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group, led by Gail Severson, is an opportunity for arthritis sufferers to talk with others who understand the condition and its related medicines.
The first meeting was Oct. 14. Severson said those in attendance were grateful to have the support of others with the same condition.
The next meeting is Nov. 11 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. If you would like to attend, call Gail Severson at 824-0304.
Play day scheduled for elementary school kids
The Boys and Girls Club has scheduled play days from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Nov. 12, inservice days for Craig elementary schools, at the Boys and Girls Club.
There is no charge or registration required for Boys and Girls Club members. Nonmembers can participate for $10 and will need to register by Wednesday.
Registrations received after Wednesday will cost $20.
Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but children must bring their own lunches. Participants may arrive any time after 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up no later than 6 p.m.
Registration forms are available at the Boys and Girls Club building, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Call 826-0411.
Free ride to polls
on Election Day
As a public service, The Independent Life Center is making its van available to anyone in the Craig area who needs a ride to the polls.
Whether or not you have a disability, the ILC will give you a ride to vote on Election Day.