Briefs for Dec. 6

Moffat County Club 20 caucus to elect new representatives

The Moffat County Caucus of Club 20, or the "voice of the Western Slope," will elect board representatives for the next two years during its meeting today.

Club 20 is an organization of counties, communities, tribes, businesses, individuals and associations in western Colorado. The group is designed with the purpose of speaking in a single unified voice on issues of mutual concern.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

The group's agenda is listed below:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of Club 20 for any non-member guests in attendance.
  • Current issues update: Club 20 area leaders will review issues that club committees on natural resources, public lands and water committees have been working on. Also, John Husband of the Bureau of Land Management will provide an update on the Little Snake Resource Management Plan and how that process may serve as a model for other communities.
  • Elect county representatives: Currently, Moffat County commissioner Saed Tayyara is the voting director and T. Wright Dickinson and Bob Johnson are the two alternate directors.

Members who have been board members for at least the past 90 days are entitled to vote in the process. To serve on the board, members must have belonged to Club 20 for at least six months.

For more information, call Angeline Roles at (970) 242-3264 or e-mail her at aroles@club20.org.

Nativity sets on

display this week

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will again present a collection of nativity sets this week.

"(We do this) just to celebrate the season with the community, just to join with the community in worship of our savior," said Coleen Fenton, who organizes the nativity set show.

The display will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

This is the third year for the display, and this year's exhibit includes an extra day of viewing, Fenton said.

There is no charge to visit the exhibit. Fenton asks visitors to use the north door at the church, 1295 W. Ninth St.

Last year's exhibit included 170 nativity sets, including a hand-crocheted one from Indonesia, and a puzzle from the 1800s passed down through generations.

Fenton said entries for this year's exhibit are accepted from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Anyone who wishes to include a nativity set may take it to the church during that time.

Organization hosts

film screening

On Thursday, Friends of Northwest Colorado hosts a screening of the award-winning documentary, "A Land Out of Time."

The movie chronicles the vast and rapid pace of oil and gas development throughout the Rocky Mountain West and how people from different ends of the political spectrum have developed alliances to protect the lands that they love.

The film won the Taos Film Festival's Best Environmental Documentary Award. The screening will be at 6:30 p.m. at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Admission is free.

DOW announces

winter closures

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has closed or will soon close gates at several Northwest Colorado properties to protect wintering wildlife.

These annual closures are designed to reduce stress on animals by keeping people and vehicles out of state wildlife areas when animals are most vulnerable.

"The winter months in Colorado can be extremely tough for wildlife," said Area Wildlife Manager Bill deVergie, who oversees the Meeker and Craig areas. "Animals need to devote all of their energy during the winter to gathering scarce food supplies."

In the Craig and Meeker areas, residents should be aware of and honor the following winter closures:

  • Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Dec. 1 to July 15
  • Jensen State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Jan. 1 to July 15
  • Bitter Brush State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Jan. 15 to April 30

Colorado's winter snowfall typically forces deer to lower elevations around the state. This seasonal migration puts these animals at higher risk for problematic encounters with humans, the DOW reports.

Because most of Colorado's human populations live at lower elevations, deer are more likely to be hit by cars during winter months. Deer are also more likely to be harassed by domestic dogs when they are closer to cities and towns. The DOW reports having good winter range available to deer and elk also is important for area residents.

By having state wildlife areas available and undisturbed, the DOW can provide a safe wintering area for animals while also preventing damage on roads and in surrounding communities.

For more information about State Wildlife Areas, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/landwater/statewildlifeareas or call the Meeker DOW at 878-6090.

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