Nick Rubley: Why drain Elkhead?
September 19, 2014
To the editor:
My name is Nick Rubley. I sat on the aquatic management board in the early 1990s for the Yampa River drainage.
Let me give you a little history. I was told at the first meeting I attended, by a fish and game biologist, that young pikeminnows swim from the Yampa Bench Canyon, (where they spawn) downstream and that only mature fish come this far upstream. If that is true, pike and bass living from Hayden to Maybell have never seen a pikeminnow minnow to eat. I'm pretty sure the bass and pike are not eating mature fish. They can only eat what they can get in their mouth and swallow.
I attended another of these meetings a few years later. I was told at this meeting that the biologists were seeing an overall decline in the body weight of the mature smallies in the river. Every hand in the room went up. The question; Why? The biologist without even flinching said, and I quote, "There are no more pikeminnow minnows to eat." Please refer to the previous paragraph!
Let's not forget where the bass and pike came from. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stocked them into Elkhead. The pike went in the lake in the early '70s, and the bass in the early '90s. I don't know exactly when the pike got into the river, but the bass were in the river by 1992 or 1993.
I have been fishing this river for 20-plus years. I know that I have been told by the biologists, and I know what I have seen while floating and fishing the river. What I've been told and what I've seen don't match very well.
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Only 50 percent of the Yampa's water is allocated. Who gets the other 50 percent? California? I hope not.
Draining Elkhead is not going to save the endangered fish, but it sure will help Lake Mead, which is only at 38 percent capacity. I think fish and wildlife will really start stuttering when someone asks if they are going to drain all the off channel reservoirs on the Colorado River system with non-native fish — such as Stagecoach, Rifle Gap, Harvey Gap, Rio Blanco, Catamount, Shadow Mountain, Taylor Reservoir and Flaming Gorge. Good luck!
This letter is factual to the best of my knowledge. If some of the facts are wrong, I eagerly await someone to prove they are wrong.
The fish they are trying to save are dinosaurs. Maybe their time on this Earth is just up.
9/11 flag importance
To the editor:
The American 9/11 large flag which hangs on the Honored Wall at the Elks Lodge was mounted with respect and honor by American Legion Chaplain "Doug" Thomas and his wife, Sis Pell. This very special limited edition flag is the American flag with all the names of those heroes that lost their lives on that day. Chaplain Doug was awarded this Flag of Honor by the American Legion national commander for "helping to heal" over 300 combat veterans and their families. As true Americans we give back all we can for God, family and country.
American Legion Chaplain "Doug" James D. Thomas
Thank you for the help
To the editor:
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center would like to thank Dry Creek Enterprises, T&H Parts, Cornerstone Realty, Chapman's Automotive, Masterworks Mechanical and Miller Family Appliance for sponsoring our Walk-a-Thon T-shirts. We would also like to thank City Market, Village Inn, Walmart, Vicki VanCouvering, Claudia Peters and Julie Grobe for providing prizes for the winners.
We would like to give a huge thank you to our participants. The top money raiser was Kelsey Gilbert, and the winner of the most steps competition was James Longwell. The winners of the senior category were Chuck Grobe and Randy Kline. The adult winners were Kelsey Gilbert and Donovan Palmer. The high school winners were James Longwell and Matthew Longwell. The middle school winners were Mary Longwell and Mercy Longwell. The elementary winner was Joel Longwell.
Thanks again for helping us serve the families of Northwest Colorado!
Director of Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center in Craig