Craig briefs: Parks and Wildlife’s office hours extended
Colorado Parks and Wildlife extended office hours to include Saturdays at select offices throughout the state during big-game rifle season, Saturday to Nov. 16, according to a press release.
Officials said the extended hours will provide hunters with an additional day to find information, purchase a license or personally contact customer service representatives with questions.
For updated information about hours of operation, contact the nearest Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office Northwest Region at 970-255-6100.
Several hundred thousand hunters will head to the field beginning in early October to hunt a variety of big game. Hunting is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Colorado.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado’s wildlife and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information visit http://cpw.state.co.us.
Livestock owners can see fodder machine
Moffat County Farm Bureau will be hosting an open house at the Two Shoes Ranch, 696 Moffat County Road 22, at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Livestock owners living on small acreage can see their “fodder” machine at work. A fodder machine is a self contained, automated, hydroponic growing machine that produces 440 pounds per day of fresh, live, green barley grass year round. Sheep, cows, horses, pigs, any and all livestock can get bright green grass in the dead of winter and the owners love having quality feed.
Logging to begin in the vicinity of Owl Mountain
Logging operations are set to begin later this week near No Name Creek in the Routt National Forest, south of Gould, in the vicinity of Owl Mountain. Equipment began moving into the area today and forest users should prepare in advance for the accompanying travel route delays, according to a press release.
Operations will be ongoing through big-game rifle hunting seasons.
The No Name area project is part of a forest-wide Long Term Stewardship Contract with Confluence Energy (Kremmling and Walden operations) and logging work will continue into the winter months.
The affected travel route is Forest Road 792, sometimes called the Peterson Creek Road, on the Parks Ranger District in a southeast portion of the Routt National Forest.
Ultimately, contract operations will create the potential for visitors to encounter delays on the 792 Road between Forest Road 740 to the east and the BLM boundary to the west.
Work will start on the 792 Road immediately west of its junction with F.R. 790 Road. This portion will be harvested first so that snowmobile traffic from F.R. 790 and 791 Roads is not affected by winter logging later this year.
Operations will move eastward along F.R. 792 Road as the season progresses. While the road will remain open, visitors should expect delays on this road. Travelers along F.R. 792 Road will encounter barricades and contractors working on/near the road. Delays are possible for periods up to 30 minutes while logging debris and equipment clear the road.
Work may occur on any day of the week, so forest users should be alert for logging traffic, equipment, and log trucks hauling at any time. Please abide by requests for delays to ensure your safety in the contract operations area.
Area visitors should also expect to encounter log trucks traveling on Colorado Highway 14.
ACLU announces state’s marriage equality
On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court lifted its stay on the ruling of Adams County District Court Judge C. Scott Crabtree declaring Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, making that judgment final. The Colorado Attorney General has ordered all 64 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and licenses are currently being issued throughout the state.
Annual hay directory to promote area producers
The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help connect Colorado hay producers with buyers, according to a news release.
The 2014 edition of the directory now is available to the public at no cost.
“The directory is a great way for Colorado hay producers to market their hay,” Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. “Hay buyers from throughout Colorado and across the country request the publication.”
The 28th edition of the Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed-free status and identifies organic hay.
The directory and other hay resources are available online at http://www.coloradoagriculture.com. For more information or to request a copy of the 2014 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 303-869-9175.