Briefs for March 4, 2013

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Hayden pastor Zirkle recovering from surgery

Mission of Grace Baptist Church Pastor Doug Zirkle is recovering after undergoing a successful kidney transplant surgery Wednesday.

“The surgery was successful, and Doug’s new kidney is functioning well so far,” the church wrote on its Facebook page.

Zirkle received the kidney from Mike Markle, who is a member of the church in Hayden.

The operations took place at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Markle hoped to be released from the hospital as soon as Sunday.

Zirkle and his wife, Lisa Zirkle, are expected to remain at or near the hospital for at least three weeks so doctors can closely monitor him and the anti-rejection medications he is taking.

Mission of Grace Baptist Church elder Kevin Kleckler said updates about the surgeries and how Zirkle is doing will be posted to the church’s Facebook page.

On Saturday, a Facebook posting indicated that both Markle and Zirkle are up and moving around. The men also are in good spirits, the posting said.

CPW commission set to meet in Greeley

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission is scheduled to meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Greeley. The meeting will take place at the Aims Corporate Education Building, 5590 W. 11th St.

Agenda items include finalizing general regulations for state park and wildlife area use, updates about stream habitat improvement efforts and new falconry regulations. The commission also is expected to go into executive session to review legal issues and property acquisitions related to habitat protection.

The commission sets regulations and policies for Colorado’s state parks and wildlife programs, according to the release.

Venues for upcoming monthly meetings include Alamosa, Grand Junction, Walden, Gunnison, Trinidad, Montrose, Lamar and Pueblo.

Members of the public unable to attend commission meetings and workshops can listen to the proceedings at the commission’s website.

New program aims to help hunters, anglers

How to prepare game or fish is a question every hunter and angler faces, whether it’s in the field or back at the cabin. A new interactive application aims at making those preparation decisions a little easier.

ChefMate, available on iTunes for $2.99, features 650 preloaded recipes for cooking or grilling fish, steak, chicken, ribs, duck, game hens, squab, sausage, shrimp, lobster, crab and other shellfish.

“There are also plenty of side dish selections from which to choose,” app designer Penelope Fenton said in a news release. “ChefMate will quickly scale the ingredients to the proper amounts (if cooking for large parties) with one click so you don’t have to do the math.”

The app boasts a broad “how to” section featuring instructions on everything from how to carve a turkey to creating shopping lists.

For more information, visit ChefMate online.

Extension office offers food preservation class

The Routt County Extension Office is offering an intensive three-day training on methods of canning, pickling, freezing, dehydrating, food safety and prevention of foodborne illness. The training is offered to those with experience in food preservation and a desire to update their skills. The three all-day sessions will be held March 9, 16 and 23. The cost of the training varies according to the amount of volunteer hours given.  For more information, call the Routt County Extension office, 970-879-0825.

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