Craig briefs: Taste of Chocolate announces winners
The Downtown Business Association announced that Linda Robertson is the first place winner of last weekends Taste of Chocolate competition. She won $150 for her White Chocolate Raspberry Pie entry. Joanne Roberson was the second place winner for her Decadent Chocolate Bars. She received a $75 prize.
Senior Social Center meeting is Monday
The Senior Social Center will hold its monthly membership meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bell Tower Building in room 200. All are welcome. Even if you are not a member, come and find out what the center is all about. If you are a member bring a friend. For more information, call 970-326-3188 or firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Debunk the winter funk’ to be held Feb. 28
OAK CREEK — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is providing a way to shake off the cold-weather doldrums and “debunk the winter funk” with a variety of outdoor family activities at Stagecoach State Park, according to a press release.
Meet in the Marina Parking Lot at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.
The event runs until 2 p.m. Several local businesses will be on hand to show people of all ages how to have fun on the ice and snow. Orange Peel Bikes will demonstrate fatbike riding techniques and Outdoor K9 and High Country Dogs will demonstrate the finer points of skijoring, a winter activity involving a skier towed by a horse or dog.
The event is free; however, a $7 daily pass or $70 annual park pass is required to enter the park. Anyone 16 years or older who wants to ice fish will need a current fishing license. All events and activities are subject to weather conditions and may be modified or canceled as necessary. For more information including a schedule of events, contact Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436.
Bookcliffs black bear numbers to be updated
GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will update black bear population and management plans for the Bookcliffs area and is asking the public for their input through written comments in an online survey and at public meetings to be held Monday, in Rifle, Tuesday in Grand Junction and Wednesday in Rangely, according to a press release.
Designated as Data Analysis Unit B-1 by the agency, the area includes game management units 21, 22, 30, 31 and 32 within portions of Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.
Updated every 10 years, DAU plans are the blueprint that CPW uses to determine wildlife population objectives for a specific area. Wildlife managers stress that the process is heavily dependent on public preferences in addition to established wildlife management practices.
“We cannot effectively manage bears, or any other wildlife, using science alone,” biologist Stephanie Duckett of Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. “We really need to hear from the people that live in proximity to wild animals. We are making every effort, including public meetings and an online survey, to ensure the public has an opportunity to give us their input.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and managers say that there are several considerations when setting black bear population objectives, including what hunters prefer in terms of opportunity, the economic health of communities dependent on hunting dollars, concerns about wildlife/human conflicts and the general public’s preferences for population levels.
The public is reminded that only written comments will be incorporated into the management plan and must be received by March 4. To provide your written comments, respond to a short online survey, available at: http://www.research.net/s/b1dauplansurvey, or mail comments to Stephanie Duckett c/o Colorado Parks and Wildlife 711 Independent Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81505.
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Back in classes and back in competition, the wintertime athletes of Moffat County High School are making up time from the holiday hiatus.