Briefs for March 8, 2013

Antler hunters reminded not to travel off roads

Spring marks the beginning of a different type of hunting in Northwest Colorado, and the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office in Craig is reminding shed-antler hunters that it’s illegal to travel off existing roads on public lands in Moffat and Routt counties.

“Shed-antler hunting is a great way to spend time enjoying public lands with friends and family,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said in a news release. “While most people responsibly search for antlers on foot or horseback, the few people that illegally leave roads on ATVs or other motorized vehicles cause tremendous damage every spring.”

Off-road driving can cause damage any time of year, but much more so in the spring when soils are moist and soft, the release states. Resulting damage can cause erosion and serious impacts to wildlife habitat.

BLM rangers will be patrolling popular shed-antler hunting areas within the Little Snake River Field Office’s management area. A citation for riding or driving off designated roads is $250, the release states. Harassing wildlife could result in a fine of as much as $200.

“Shed hunters also need to keep in mind that wildlife is especially vulnerable to disturbance during the early spring, when their winter reserves are depleted but spring green-up can still be weeks away,” Reynolds said in the release.

Northern Colorado is well-known for its quality big game resources. Shed hunters come from throughout the region, including Utah and Wyoming, to look for shed antlers on BLM lands in northern Colorado every spring.

Imagination Library registration reopened

The Moffat County Youth United Way and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, said registration for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has reopened for Moffat County residents.

The program offers age-appropriate books to children from birth to 5 years old. Free to families, all children who register receive a free book mailed to their home once a month until their fifth birthday.

Families can enroll by visiting www.Connections4Kids.org or the Craig, Maybell or Dinosaur branches of Moffat County Libraries.

Registration previously was suspended after more children enrolled than were anticipated based on national projections.

“We were overwhelmed by the response we received to the program and are thrilled that families value literacy for their young children,” Connections 4 Kids coordinator Michelle Balleck said in a news release. “We are excited to reopen registration for Moffat County’s youngest community members thanks to generous donations from local organizations, businesses and individuals.”

For more information, call Michelle Balleck at 970-824-8282, ext. 47, or email mballeck@

moffatcounty.net.

Connections 4 Kids conducting survey

Connections 4 Kids is conducting a parent survey to gauge the community’s needs and to guide the organization’s work. Everyone who takes the survey and provides their basic information will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.

Connections 4 Kids is an early childhood council that serves Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. The survey will help Connections 4 Kids identify the needs of parents and their children birth to 8 in four areas: physical health; early learning; social, emotional and mental health; and family support and parent education.

The survey is online at www.Connections4Kids.org. It also can be completed in paper form. The deadline to take the survey is April 9. For more information, call Michelle Balleck at 970-824-8282, ext. 47, or email mballeck@moffatcounty.net.

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