Craig briefs: Joel Tuck to give history presentation at 1:30 p.m.
The Preserving The Last Frontier group will meet at
1:30 p.m. today on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I located at 663 Ledford St. The program will be given by Joel Tuck on the history of the Three Spring’s Ranch.
For more information Call 824-6761.
St. John’s Greek reverend to be ordained today
St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church reverend David Henderson will be ordained to the Orthodox priesthood by his eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver.
The service will begin at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 691 Green St., Craig.
Father Henderson served as a priest in the Episcopal Church for 20 years, 16 of those as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat Springs. He was received into the Greek Orthodox Church in 2009 at St. John’s, and after several years of study and preparation, was ordained a deacon on March 27, 2016.
Governor announces online statewide trail map
The Colorado Trail Explorer – a comprehensive online statewide trail map and a key component of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative – is now live and available to the public in celebration of National Trails Day on June 3.
The Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 39,000 miles of trails managed by more than 225 jurisdictions across the state. It ranges from paths managed by towns and counties to hiking, bicycling or motorized trails running through state parks and federal lands. It represents the first-ever effort to provide routes for every trail in Colorado through a single mapping tool.
“The Colorado Trail Explorer builds on our Colorado the Beautiful initiative by giving people quick and easy access to recreational opportunities and more readily connects people with the outdoors,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Consolidating trail information that traditionally exists in dozens or hundreds of places into a single application makes it easier for Coloradans to find the trail options that might be just beyond their back door or near a favorite destination.”
Trail managers across Colorado have collaborated with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and mapping leader Esri to provide data for the project since it was announced in June of 2015. To date, the Colorado Trail Explorer includes more than 17,000 trails and maps more than 1,400 trailheads. While the online map is now fully public, work continues to add additional data, particularly related to non-motorized trails on federal lands. CPW will continue working on a mobile app for the Colorado Trail Explorer. Currently, the desktop version is mobile friendly.
The online tool allows users to search for trails by name or to simply pan and zoom to explore trails across the state. Trails and roads in the map are color-coded to indicate their primary use, such as trails that allow only horses and hikers, those that allow mountain bikes and other bicycles, those that allow motorized access, and those designated as urban bicycle routes.
The project marks a major step forward for outdoor recreation in Colorado as even navigating various trails in the Denver metro area often requires a piecemeal approach with maps from different jurisdictions.
The Colorado Trail Explorer project is a key component of Colorado the Beautiful’s broader goal to ensure, within a generation, every Coloradan will live within 10 minutes of a park, trail or vibrant green space as a way to develop deeper connections with the natural environment that sets Colorado apart as a special place. Wide access to trails also translates to physical and mental health, as well as economic benefits for the state.