Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

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The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 20 will win the contest and receive a $250 gift card to Murdoch’s. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Holiday Tour of Lights seeking nominations

The Craig Daily Press and Yampa Valley Electric Association are sponsoring the annual Holiday Tour of Lights. You may enter your own home or the home of friends or neighbors that you think really shine with the holiday spirit. First prize is $200, second prize is $100, third prize is $75 and honorable mention is $50. Enter the Tour of Lights contest by emailing submissions to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788. Homes will be judged Thursday.

Going-away party for Bilodeau is Tuesday

Gene Bilodeau has been a longtime member of the community for 20 years. He accepted a new job in South Dakota, and his last day at CNCC is Dec. 20. A going-away party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Stop by to wish Bilodeau the best in his new endeavor. Party hosts are asking for RSVPs to help with the food planning. Call 970-824-5689 to RSVP.

International Films series screening Friday

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s ongoing International Films series will hit the screen at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 175. CNCC will present a free screening of “Whale Rider.” This New Zealand film explores social and cultural issues facing the indigenous Maori people, of New Zealand, while offering an affirming message of hope and family. Free refreshments will be provided by the CNCC Student Activities group, and all community members are welcome to attend.

Enroll for classes at CNCC to receive gift

Students that enroll for spring semester by Monday will be put into drawing for an iPad. Call the Merc at CNCC at 970-824-1124 for more information. Free burritos and breakfast sandwiches will be available Monday for those registering.

Wildlife projects keep CPW busy in winter




Although the main big game hunting seasons have ended, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s researchers and biologists are preparing for another busy time of the year. Through late March, CPW employees will climb aboard aircraft and fly across large swaths of wildlife habitat in search of big game animals to classify by sex and age while others will gather biological data on the ground.

Late-season hunters and outdoor recreationists are advised that they may see low-flying helicopters or airplanes and are urged to be patient while critical monitoring is conducted.
In addition to a thorough inventory of thousands of animals, CPW staff will coordinate the helicopter capture and radio-collaring of 75 elk, 90 moose, 20 desert bighorn sheep, 25 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and 1,300 mule deer, including 800 does, 400 fawns and 100 bucks.

With the data collected, agency researchers and biologists will be able to track the progress of several wildlife management efforts and ongoing studies. They also will gain a clearer picture about the overall health of big game, allowing wildlife managers to form population models, management strategies and set future hunting license numbers.

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