Craig briefs: Seniors to host a coffee event at 9 a.m. Tuesday
All seniors are welcome to Coffee & Conversation from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Bell Tower at 50 College Drive, in Room 200. The event is hosted by the Senior Social Center, which is a place where senior citizens gather for good conversation and companionship.
The group has many avid Pinochle players who will teach anyone to play. They also teach Bridge and hand and foot. Scrabble, cribbage and a very challenging puzzle are always on hand. They also have a lonesome backgammon player looking for an opponent. Movie matinees will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays in March. The group looks forward to seeing many new faces.
Newspaper to discuss school district’s budget
The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Hospital. The discussion will surround the budgetary concerns at Moffat County School District as well as its per-pupil head count. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is free, and coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.
Craig Photo Club meets at 6 p.m. Thursday
Craig Photography Club will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Craig Chamber of Commerce meeting room. The meeting is open to all levels of photographers. This month, Aletha Dove will share a few of her photos from a winter retreat in Arizona.
For more information, contact club president Patti Mosbey at 970-629-1098.
Disabled hunters can apply for deer hunting
Colorado hunters who are disabled could have an opportunity to participate in a guided deer hunt at Ridgway State Park during fall 2015, according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
A total of four hunters, two for the second season, and two for the third season, will be chosen for these special hunts. To qualify, the hunters must hold or obtain an accommodation permit from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Hunters must have a permanent disability that significantly impairs major life functions and their ability to hunt, or have a physical impairment resulting from permanent medical conditions that make it impossible to hunt without someone else’s help.
Those eligible must first apply for and obtain a Game Management Unit 62 deer license for the second or third season through the regular license draw. The deadline to apply for limited licenses is April 7. The easiest way to apply is through the CPW website.
Disabled hunters who obtain a license can then receive a hunting application for the Ridgway State Park hunt. If more than four hunters apply there will be a drawing to make the selection. To obtain an application for Ridgway, contact Andy Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the park at 970-626-5822.
VNA releases Wellness Wednesday schedule
Each Wednesday, the Visiting Nurse Association hosts Wellness Wednesdays for senior citizens in the community, offering the aging population of Moffat County a place to go for exercise, company and lunch.
Wellness Wednesdays take place at The Journey at First Baptist, located at 1150 W. Ninth St. in Craig.
■ 8:15 to 10:15 a.m.: Memoir writing
CNCC fee class. Sign up required: 970-824-1135
■ 8:30 to 11 a.m.: Foot Care Clinic
$20. Appointment required: 970-871-7676
■ 9:30 a.m. to noon: Senior Wellness Clinic
Drop in. Donations appreciated.
■ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Fitness classes
— Introduction to Movement and Exercise
— Advanced Movement and Exercise
Drop in. $3 donation appreciated.
■ 11:30 to 1 p.m.: Lunch ($3) and guest speaker
Marhc lunch menu:
March 4: Sausage stew, spinach salad, roll, lemon cake
Terry Jourgensen and Maggie Anderson from TMH Convenient Care Clinic
March 11: St. Patrick’s Day potluck
Charity Neal, VNA Director of Public Health
March 18: Pork and pepper goulash over pasta, green salad, fruit salad
Teresa Black, Western Colorado Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association
March 25: Gino’s pizza, salad, dessert
Don Jones, Planning and Zoning Commission, Chamber of Commerce and Joe Bird, Human Resources Council
■ 1 to 3 p.m.: Pinochle
For more information, call 970-871-7676.
Landowner program audit letters forthcoming
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.
Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found, these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.
As announced in a September press release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.
The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.
“One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight,” Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. “One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits.”
Participating landowners should keep in mind:
■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.
■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.
■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.
CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.
In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to http://cpw.state.co.us.
Photo submissions are accepted from the public
The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child’s birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
Photos must be at least 1 megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo along with the date and place where it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.
Shed antler restrictions protect wintering wildlife
In an effort to reduce stress and the disturbance of wintering big game animals, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted a new regulation in January that limits shed antler collecting in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, and Routt counties, effective March 1.
The new rule prohibits the collection of shed antlers in game management units 25, 26, 35, 36, 43, 44, 47, 444,and 471, with the following criteria:
■ Effective March 1, the regulation goes into effect
■ Shed antler hunting will not be allowed at any time in these GMUs after March 1through March 14
■ Beginning March 15 through May 15, collecting will be allowed only between 10 a.m. through sunset. Collecting is not allowed after sunset through 10 a.m. the next morning
■ Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the regulation will be in effect. No antler shed hunting allowed prior to March 15 and then only between 10 a.m. and sunset.
For a map of Colorado’s GMUs, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us/documents/maps/rules
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