Craig briefs: Bella Voce Chorus seeks new members |

Craig briefs: Bella Voce Chorus seeks new members

The Bella Voce Chorus members of Sweet Adelines International are searching for women singers in the Craig, Meeker, Steamboat and Baggs areas. The group wants to grow its chorus. Celebrating its 30th year, the Bella Voce Chorus, formerly the “Yampa Valley Chorus,” was founded in Craig in 1983. Now led by the group’s new director, Jeana Womble, the women range from 11-year-olds to grandmothers and all are from diverse backgrounds. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig Middle School auditorium. The internationally renowned Bella Voce Chorus is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony.

Musical knowledge is not necessary to join — every rehearsal is like a voice lesson. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range. For more information, contact Jeana Womble at 970-824-6472 or

CPW: Dogs and moose don’t play well together

In the wake of several people being injured by moose this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close, according to a news release. Since early spring, wildlife officers have responded to three human/moose conflicts, including two recent incidents in Grand Lake.

In all three instances, dogs —on- and off-leash — reportedly spooked the moose before it charged and seriously injured the dog’s owner.

Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators, and they generally are not frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat because of their similarities to wolves, moose’s primary predator. Wildlife officials caution that dogs never should be allowed to approach a moose.

“Almost all incidents with aggressive moose involve dogs getting too close to the animal,” said Lyle Sidener, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Hot Sulphur Springs. “In most cases, a threatened moose will naturally react and try to stomp on the dog. The frightened dog will typically run back to its owner bringing an angry, thousand-pound moose with it.”

Moose are one of the state’s most popular wildlife species, and their numbers are growing.

In 1978, the former Colorado Division of Wildlife transplanted 12 moose into the area around the town of Walden in North Park. After several more relocations across the western part of Colorado in the following years, their population now is estimated at more than 2,000 animals.

As more people enjoy Colorado’s outdoors, wildlife officials remind the public that moose can be found in areas where they did not exist only a few years ago.

Keep pets away and avoid moose that appear stressed by human activity.

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