Briefs for March 24: Safari Club Fundraiser set for today

Safari Club fundraiser set for today

A fundraiser banquet for the Yampa Valley Chapter of Safari Club International takes place today at the Holiday Inn of Craig, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $45 per person, $85 per couple or $500 per table.

Tickets are available from chapter members or by calling Karl Huntsman at 826-0089.

Preserving the Last Frontier meeting March 31

The Preserving the Last Frontier organization will host its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 31 in the library on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Bill Mack will present on Mack family history during the meeting, which is open to the public.

For more information, call 824-6761.

Muzzleloader shoot Sunday in Meeker

White River Winter Rendezvous, a traditional muzzleloader blanket shoot, will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Meeker Sportmen’s Club, 4.5 miles south of Meeker on Colorado Highway 13.

The shoot fee is $10 and includes the main shoot as well as hawk and knife competitions. Hawks and knives will be available at the range.

Prizes will be awarded for shooting, and participants can also win door prizes.

Food and beverages will be available.

For more information, call Dan DeWitt at (970) 220-2202.

UMW meeting at Golden Cavvy

Local United Mine Workers No. 1799 meets at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Cavvy. For more information, call president Fran Lux at 824-4134.

Shell open house set for Tuesday

An open house with Shell representatives is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane, in Hayden.

Shell representatives will speak about the company’s exploration plans for Moffat and Routt counties.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

The event is free.

Commission meetings slated

The Moffat County Commission has meetings scheduled for next week.

Commissioners will meet at 11 a.m. Monday with representatives from various county departments to discuss financial consolidation. The commission will also meet at 7 a.m. Wednesday with representatives from the Bureau of Land Management to discuss project updates.

In addition, the commission will host its regular business meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

To see a full agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, visit www.craigdailypress.com or see Monday’s Craig Daily Press. For more information about the meetings, call 824-5517.

City council workshop, meeting Tuesday

Craig City Council will host its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. Council also will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, also in council chambers at Craig City Hall. Council will discuss emergency management with Chuck Vale, Department of Local Affairs regional field manager for northwest Colorado.

Emergency loans available

Moffat, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties have been designated as contiguous counties to disaster areas in Utah due to losses caused by flooding that occurred April 18, 2011, through July 16, 2011.

Producers in these counties could be eligible for Farm Service Agency emergency loans. Low interest Emergency loans are available to operators of family size farms/ranches that are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.

Loans are based on production losses caused by the disaster. Producers must file an application for an emergency loan through the Farm Service Agency by April 9.

Each application will be considered on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements.

For more information, contact Laurie Neilson at (970) 242-9133 ext. 2.

New website seeking contributions

A new website focusing on the creative and cultural endeavors of Coloradoans is looking for residents willing to contribute.

Coloradocreates.org will launch April 12 and debut during the Creative Industries Summit. Anyone interested in becoming a “Cool Hunter” — researching and writing about what is cultural, creative and cool about Colorado — can contact Leanne Goebel at Leanne@coloradocreates.org.

Cool Hunters will receive valid press credentials, and the Coolest Cool Hunters who produce the best stories will be invited to have lunch with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

New study lauds effectiveness of Meth Project ads

A new study published in the Journal of Marketing Research has cited the Meth Project’s advertising as effective in deterring substance abuse.

Researchers tested the effectiveness of several advertisements — including the Meth Project’s — with a group of college students and found ads that relied on fear alone to convey a message did not lead to immediate changes in attitudes or behavior. However, according to the study, Meth Project ads and others that incorporated an element of “disgust” — such as rotting teeth, skin sores or infections — compelled viewers to “undertake distancing behaviors,” such as deciding not to use illegal drugs.

“Notably, the disgust and fear appeal condition in this study used an actual advertisement from the Montana Meth Project, a nationally recognized, award-winning program that uses high-impact advertising to reduce methamphetamine use . . . It was only the disgust-inducing fear appeal (such as in the Meth Project ad) that significantly reduced future drug use, making it more effective in terms of persuasion and compliance,” the report concluded.

The study, titled “How Disgust Enhances the Effectiveness of Fear Appeals,” was conducted by Andrea C. Morales, Eugenia C. Wu and Gavan J. Fitzsimons.

For more information on the Meth Project, visit www.methproject.org.

OHV enforcement pilot program extended

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission earlier this month approved $300,000 in funding to extend a pilot program designed to monitor compliance with off-highway vehicle regulations.

State Trails Program Manager Tom Morrissey said during 2011, teams of law enforcement officers from Colorado State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management contacted 10,000 individual riders in problem areas identified by environmental and quiet recreation groups.

Less than 5 percent were issued warnings or citations, Morrissey said, the majority for failure to comply with OHV registration requirements.

Rangers spent about 90 percent of their time on or around designated OHV routes. Morrissey said officers saw little evidence of off-trail damage but did report a significant need for increased trail maintenance and better signage to identify designated routes.

Commissioners unanimously voted to fund the program for 2012, suggesting rangers focus on new compliance check areas and use of remote sensing equipment like trail monitors and game cameras to monitor illegal or user-created trails.

Several commissioners also suggested that the trail program tap local knowledge possessed by district wildlife managers to identify new problem areas to target.

Pronghorn study under way in Western Colorado

Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and managers have started a study in Western Colorado to try to determine why the population of a small herd of pronghorns is not growing.

There is a herd of about 100 pronghorns in an area of Delta and Mesa counties — just southwest of Grand Mesa — descended from animals transplanted to the area in the 1970s. During the last 10 years, agency biologists and managers have noticed that groups of the animals are getting smaller and the overall size of the herd is declining.

The agency captured 19 pronghorns from the herd Feb. 19. Radio collars and ear tags were placed on 10 of them, and neckbands and ear tags were placed on the other nine.

The collars and bands will allow biologists and managers to track the animals' movements and to spot them from a distance.

Twenty-four pronghorns were captured March 1 south of Limon in eastern Colorado and taken to a site near the Delta-Mesa County line where they were released. Nine of the animals were fitted with radio collars and the others received ear tags and neckbands.

All the animals captured also received a vaccine that fends off viruses that cause hemorrhagic diseases in ungulates. The diseases can be fatal to deer and pronghorns.

The transplanted animals will join up with the existing herd. Their movements will be tracked and Parks and Wildlife employees will be able to determine what habitat they are utilizing, if they are having young and if fawns are surviving.

No pronghorn hunting in this herd's area is currently allowed.

Hunting brochure available

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2012 Big Game Hunting brochure is now available and limited license applications are being accepted for this fall's big-game hunts.

License applications for deer, elk, pronghorn, moose, sheep, goat and bear are due April 3.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has updated the interactive online version of the big game brochure that features videos with online application tips and hunting tips to use in the field. New tables in the brochure also help hunters easily identify units where licenses are valid and whether a hunter can hold more than one license at a time.

This year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is again encouraging hunters to use the secure Internet portal to submit limited license applications. About 75 percent of hunters applied online in 2011, up from 64 percent in 2010.

Seven Parks and Wildlife offices, including Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Hot Sulphur Springs and Montrose, offer Internet terminals for hunters to use. In addition, the secure application site can be accessed through any public Internet terminal.

The 2012 brochure also explains some significant changes to Colorado's late youth elk hunting regulations. Since 2000, 12- to 17-year-olds with an unfilled elk tag could take advantage of cow elk hunting opportunities in any unit offering a late-season hunt.

These late hunts were extremely successful in encouraging youth participation, but some areas around Craig, Meeker and Steamboat Springs experienced high levels of hunting pressure. Changes to the program this year will ensure hunting pressure is more evenly distributed.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunt planners are available again this year to help hunters who have application questions or are looking for areas to hunt. Hunt planners can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain time at 303-291-7526 (303-291-PLAN).

The interactive version of the brochure can be accessed at www.bit.ly/COBigGame2012.

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