Craig Briefs: Hayden horse sale for Saturday is cancelled
May 1, 2015
Hayden horse sale for Saturday is cancelled
A horse sale scheduled for Saturday in Hayden has been cancelled.
The inaugural Northwest Colorado Horse Sale was going to be a benefit for the Routt County Ag, Youth & Heritage Foundation. Organizers wanted to provide an outlet for those wanting to buy and sell horses.
Organizers said a lot of people expressed an interest in selling horses on consignment at the sale, but there were not enough commitments when the deadline hit.
CPW's boat safety tips: Know before you go
Colorado boat ramps and put-ins open this month around the state. As outdoor enthusiasts prepare to head out onto the water, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has safety tips for boat navigation, boating equipment and getting to know recreational waters before you go.
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Boat navigation: Remember motorized boats always yield to non-motorized vessels like kayaks, canoes, and sailboats under sail. In a head-on situation, alter your course by turning right. This sometimes can be easier to see at night because the green light on an approaching vessel (just like in driving), which means the boater has the right of way. If a red light is visible on the approaching vessel, the boater must give way.
Boat equipment: The first thing a boater should check is that they have the right serviceable safety equipment on the boat before going out on the water. Over the winter months, some equipment may have become damaged, so check over each item. Motorized boats should carry U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices for each passenger, fire extinguishers, sound producing devices, navigation lights, and the correct boat registration with visible CL numbers. Non-motorized boats are required to have a noise making device.
BLM advises: Learn before you burn
It doesn't take long for fire danger to increase once snow begins to melt, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management. Combine that with warm, windy conditions and brush and grass dry out quickly. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning, dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.
Federal and state land management agencies obtain weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before igniting any controlled burn and so should residents. Your local National Weather Service office can be contacted 24 hours a day at 970-243-7007, or visit their website at weather.govgjt for fire weather forecasts.
Fire has been used as a land management tool for generations. It's used to clear land of debris and excess plant material, promote grass regeneration and replenish nutrients to the soil. While spring offers optimal burn conditions, dead vegetation can carry fire through green plants and pose control issues, especially on windy days. Observing the following tips will provide a safer environment for debris and agricultural burning.
■ Contact your local county sheriff's office before burning, and obtain required burn permits
■ Call the National Weather Service at 970-243-7007 and get the predicted weather conditions for your burn day
■ Don't burn on windy days
■ Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn as a matter of safety and courtesy
■ Ready water and equipment — have a reliable water source and have shovels, rakes and equipment on hand
■ Establish fire breaks — create fire lines by digging to bare dirt and removing flammable material
■ Try to burn into the wind as this will slow the rate of spread and makes the fire easier to manage
■ Stay with the fire at all times — never leave a fire unattended
■ Have plenty of help — more people more control
■ Ensure the fire is out, cold before leaving the area, smoldering embers have ignited unattended fires
■ Call 911 if fire burns out of control — the longer you wait, the bigger the fire becomes before help arrives
Remember: Your fire is your responsibility
Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of the damage and impacts.
Now is the time to address wildfire mitigation near homes, communities
With Colorado's snowpack at only 65 percent of average and Red Flag Warnings again in effect throughout much of the state today, the Colorado State Forest Service reminds landowners that there's no better time than now to prepare homes and communities for wildfire, according to a press release.
"Sometimes the best defense is a good offense," Mike Lester, state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service, said in a statement. "Long before a fire arrives, landowners should be taking pre-emptive actions to reduce wildfire potential."
The CSFS offers free guides for protecting property from wildfire, including those that cover FireWise building construction and tips for protecting homes by maintaining wildfire-defensible zones. The agency also offers site visits with homeowners to discuss concerns, and works with communities to address mitigation and wildfire threats on a larger scale through the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.
"Homeowners and communities bear the ultimate responsibility to help protect themselves and their property from the threat of wildfire," Courtney Peterson, Colorado's wildfire mitigation education coordinator, said in a statement. "Taking simple steps now can help make homes more defensible and help protect residents and firefighters."
Peterson said some of the critical concerns to reduce the risks presented by early season, wind-driven wildfires include cutting and removing dead grasses and weeds, raking up thick beds of pine needles and keeping gutters, decks and roofs free of pine needles and other combustibles.
State publications, guidelines and other information on wildfire mitigation and developing CWPPs are available at CSFS district offices or online at csfs.colostate.edu/wildfire-mitigation.