Briefs for April 10


Pet first aid clinic available

The Humane Society of Moffat County is offering a dog, cat and horse first aid workshop April 21.


The dog and cat workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Organizers ask pet owners not to bring dogs and cats to the workshop.

The horse workshop runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Horses are welcome at the afternoon workshop.

The workshops will be led by Marg Kourlis and take place at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The dog and cat workshop costs $15. The horse workshop is $25. To take both, the cost is $35.

Call 870-7500 for more information and to register.

Benefit auction

held May 19

Charlie Cordova's Last Chance Benefit Auction is at 7 p.m. May 19 at the Veterans of Foreign War Post, 419 E. Victory Way. Contact Mike Long at 824-7893 or 326-8474.

Relay For Life offers

$1 donation cards

Purchase a moon or star donation card at City Market or The Popular Bar for $1 and support The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, to be held in Craig in July.

For more information, call Jolene at 824-2214.

Extension office starts gardening club

The Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office invites all gardeners or gardener wanna-bes to join the new Northwest Colorado Gardening Club.

The first meeting is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 25 at the extension office, 539 Barclay St.

Gatherings will include tours of local gardens, sharing of resources and wisdom and short lectures from guest speakers on topics such as watering, weed control, plant selection, how to extend your growing season and more.

For more information, call Elisa at 824-9180.

DOW: Early warmup brings black bears out

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has begun receiving statewide reports of black bear sightings, the DOW recently announced.

Black bears emerge from hibernation in the spring and spend the first several weeks in a state that biologists refer to as "walking hibernation," DOW officials said.

Bears in walking hibernation are typically active for only short periods of time and are not actively feeding or drinking. The bears' muscles, digestive system and other biological functions use this period of time to slowly adjust to the normal activity phase.

"For now we're just getting calls from people who are seeing bears," said Perry Will, DOW area wildlife manager in Glenwood Springs. "With the bears starting to become more active, it's a good time to remind people that they need to take precautions if they live in bear areas."

Residents in bear areas are reminded to obey local trash ordinances, many of which were developed to protect bear populations and minimize human-bear conflicts. In areas without bear ordinances, residents are urged to store trash cans in a garage or shed and not place trash out for curbside pickup until the morning of pickup.

The DOW reminded Colorado residents and visitors that it is illegal to feed bears, or any other big game animals. Anyone caught feeding a bear faces a minimum $68 fine. Often times, bears that are fed by humans will expect food from all people and may become aggressive; aggressive bears are killed to prevent attacks, which are rare in bears that haven't come to rely on human food sources.

The black bear is Colorado's largest carnivore. There are no confirmed grizzly bears in Colorado, though the DOW investigates reports of grizzly bears almost every year.

Christian group holds poem contest

The Christian Fine Arts Society is offering a $1,000 grand prize for award-winning entries into its religious poetry contest. There are 50 prizes in all, including the grand prize, totaling more than $4,000.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1012 Beachwood Dr., Nappanee, Ind., 46550. Poems may also be entered online at The deadline for entering is April 21.

Poems may be written on any subject, using any style as long as there is a spiritual inference.

Contestants are asked to include name and address on the same page as poem entries.


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