Along with other western states in cooperation with the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Colorado Parks & Wildlife has conducted an east slope survey of black-tailed prairie dogs. Images collected on airplane flights in the summer of 2015 were used to map occupied habitat throughout eastern Colorado and the findings are proving positive for these prairie dwellers.
Applications are now available for 2017 season big game, sheep and goat hunting licenses. Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochures for big game and sheep and goat are online and available in print at any CPW office or license vendor throughout the state.
By Bob Garver
Bent's Fort Chapter
The February 11th meeting of the Bent's Fort Chapter will also include the chapter's popular "book exchange". Everyone is invited to bring books that he would like to lend, give away, or recommend. Tables will be set up in the main meeting room to display the books. Anyone who loans books is responsible for keeping track of them. For more information about the chapter meeting, its presenters, and to make reservations for its catered lunch, call Pat Palmer, 719-931-4323.
Missouri River Outfitters
Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado February Regional Meeting
Thursday, February 9
Cow Palace Inn
Doug Harbour, Tri-State 9-11 Tribute Foundation
Speaking about the 9-11 Memorial at Big Timbers
$10 Quick Menu Lunch
RSVP at CanyonsAndPlains@gmail.com or (719) 688-5026.
By Bob Garver
The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this past Tuesday. I was reasonably happy with them, though I wish the Academy would have shown some love to Martin Scorsese's underappreciated "Silence." Here are my thoughts on ten major categories, who I want to win, who I think will win, and in some cases who's so sure to win that a lot of analysis isn't necessary. Sadly, that's true of many of the major categories, and it's the lesser ones that inspire the most debate.
Southern Colorado Greenback Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, February 11. 2017. Board elections and establishment of 2017 working goals will be on the agenda.
This meeting will be held at AJ's Walking Stick Golf Course Restaurant, 4301 Walking Stick Blvd., Pueblo, beginning at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch is on your own.
For further information, call 719-489-2913.
Arkansas River Headwaters
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site will be closed on Wednesday, February 8, and Thursday, February 9, 2017. The purpose of the two-day closure is for annual staff and administrative planning purposes and will include both the park, near Chivington, and the park's administrative office in Eads. Both the park and the administrative office will reopen Friday, February 10 at 9 am.
For additional information, please call (719) 729-3003, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, or visit www.nps.gov/sand.
The Bent's Fort Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will hold its Annual Meeting on February 11, 2017 in the Grand Room of the JW Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum in Las Animas. The Museum is located at 560 Bent Avenue (corner of Hwy 50 and 5th St.) in Las Animas.