Briefs for July 19 |

Briefs for July 19

Fire burns in Rio Blanco County

A 450-acre wildfire is burning 10-miles west of Meeker in the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

A crew of 34 firefighters from the Wayne Cook’s Northern Rockies Interagency Fire Use Management Team is letting the blaze burn to help manage resources.

Fire officials have dubbed the blaze the “Pack Trail Fire.”

The fire is burning northeast of Highway 64, but the highway is still safe for travel.

Officials do, however, advise the public not to stop on the highway.

A wet spring and winter made grass in the area grow taller than usual. Hot, dry summer weather dried the grass out, providing plenty of fuel for wildfires.

The fire management team does not put a timetable on fires used for resource management.

Activities abound at Faith Baptist Church

The Rev. Jon Swope and the congregation at the Faith Baptist Church in Meeker love children and tries to have special programs just for them.

The church offers a Patch the Pirate Club on Wednesday nights for kids kindergarten up to sixth grade that runs from September to the end of May every year.

Faith Baptist Church also will be having a Vacation Bible School from Aug. 14 to 17. They will have a penny offering, games, all kinds of door prizes, and a Bible lesson every night from internationally known John Wayne impersonator, Dr. Gene Howard. The Bible school will begin at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

For more information, call the church at 878-3139.

DOW asks people to report animal sightings

Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.

Moose were transplanted in Northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress.

If you spot a moose or river otter while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing, please make some notes if possible. Wildlife managers need location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, sex, and if animals are adults or juveniles.

To report a sighting, call (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

Bible school is today at First Christian Church

Vacation Bible School/Summer Ministries program takes place daily at First Christian Church through July 21. The church will be turned into a construction zone that will teach “Building Character Like Jesus.”

The week of activities will include great lessons, games, creative crafts and appearances by guest missionaries Andrew and Johana Stringer and family who are serving in Colombia. Classes are available for students from kindergarten (age 5 by Sept 1) through adults. Child care is provided for nursery and pre-school age children of anyone attending the adult class.

Sign up in the church foyer or call the church office at 824-6024.

Division of Wildlife

taking public input

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is seeking public input on its Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.

The strategy will guide how DOW works with other agencies and approach species conservation.

A copy of the draft and more information on the program can be found at

There will be a series of public meetings throughout the state later this month.

Starting July 25 in Denver at the Holiday Inn, Denver Central, 4849 Bannock St., south of DOW Headquarters.

There also will be a meeting in Colorado Springs on July 26 in the DOW classroom at 4255 Sinton Road; in Grand Junction, July 27, in the DOW office at 711 Independent Ave; in Durango, July 28, in the Quality Inn (4 Seasons Room) at 455 South Camino Del Rio.

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