Craig briefs: Open meeting about secession is Oct. 2 |

Craig briefs: Open meeting about secession is Oct. 2

— An open meeting about Moffat County seceding from Colorado will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilions. The event offers an opportunity for Moffat County residents to talk about how they feel about secession. Guest speakers include Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, Jeff Hare and Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway. A reception with refreshments will be held following the meeting. The local Farm Bureau and Bears Ears Patriots are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Rick Barnes at 970-629-1165.

CPW warns poachers during hunting season

The recent poaching arrest of four men from South Carolina by Colorado Parks and Wildlife has prompted public discussion and debate about the importance of ethical hunting, according to a news release. It also illustrates how seriously the agency, law-abiding hunters and many residents of the state take illegal wildlife activity.

After a lengthy investigation by state and federal wildlife officials, George Plummer, Michael Courtney, Joseph Nevling and James Cole were arrested Sept. 7 near Collbran for suspicion of violating a variety of wildlife laws, including using a powerful toxin attached to their arrows, hunting after legal hours, using bow-mounted electronic or battery-powered devices and hunting bear, deer and elk over bait.

“In Colorado, wildlife regulations exist for three main reasons,” Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said in a statement. “There are biological reasons, safety reasons and ‘fair chase’ considerations. The use of poisons or toxicants to hunt is a very unethical method of hunting, violating the tenets of fair chase and can also be very dangerous to the user.”

The four accepted a plea bargain and agreed to pay more than $10,000 in fines for the use of the toxicant and for illegal possession of big game. 

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