Briefs: Aug. 14

Preschool group to host drive

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Mothers of Preschoolers will host its yearly registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in front of Kmart. The group will offer free hot dogs, drinks and balloons to mothers that register their children. For information, call Amanda Love at 824-3040.

District releases
free meal policies

The Moffat County School District has released its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

Children from families whose income is at or below the specific levels are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Application forms are available at the principal's office in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.

For more information, contact the Moffat County School District at 824-3268.

BLM: Oil and gas lease sale nets $4.8 million

The Bureau of Land Management acquired $4.8 million during its quarterly oil and gas lease sale, Aug 10.

The BLM Colorado State Office leased 139,555 acres of land Thursday, which is approximately 83 percent of the land the Colorado BLM offers for public lease.

Because of the 1987 Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act, the BLM is required to hold an oil and gas lease sale each quarter.

According to Lynn Rust, BLM Colorado Deputy State Director for Energy, "natural gas production from Colorado's federal lands continues to play an important part in meeting the nation's energy needs."

When preparing for land use plans, or when parties are nominated for leasing, the BLM considers any available new information to determine if any significant new circumstance, or impact has occurred since the completion of the most recent land use plan.

There are plans in place to minimize the potential impacts from oil and gas exploration, as well as development and production. "The BLM ensures that development of energy resources is done in an environmentally sound manner on all lands we manage," Rust said.

DOW seeks comment on deer issues

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking public comment on possible amendments to the current deer management plans in the Gunnison Basin for Game Management Units 54, 55, 551, 66 and 67.

A meeting to discuss deer management issues is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the multi-purpose building at the Gunnison County Fairgrounds.

Anyone interested in deer management in the basin is urged to attend.

Department of wildlife officials said they hope comments received during the planning process will aid in writing updated draft management plans. The draft plans will then be presented to the Colorado Wildlife Commission in November. The commission reviews all big-game management plans. Final plans will be approved by the commission in January, which will establish the management framework for the 2007 hunting season.

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