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Sand Creek Massacre Site to Close for Two Days Next Week

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site - Sign

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.

Pueblo's 21st Annual 'Eagle Days' are Feb. 3-5

Outdoors - Colorado Parks Wildlife Mountains Baca National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's 2017 "Pueblo Eagle Days" festival features eagle-viewing opportunities, hands-on activities for youngsters, live bird programs, native American dancers and educational presentations by raptor experts. This year's festival, Feb. 3-5, takes place at three locations: Lake Pueblo State Park and State Wildlife Area, the Pueblo Nature & Raptor Center and the Rawlings Library.

Each year the event draws hundreds of visitors from across the state to learn more about these unique birds of prey.

Canyons & Plains-2016 Annual Meeting

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Canyons and Plains annual meeting was held at Bents Old Fort December 8.  If you could not attend you missed a very informative meeting and tour of the fort.  A Dutch oven lunch was served then a presentation of the economic effect  Bents Old Fort has on the area.  Then the Economic Impact Study recently completed of the 6 county area was presented reflecting the tourism dollars spent in the region.

Movie Review - La La Land

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By Bob Garver

I'm writing this a little over a week before the Oscar nominations are announced, and there are three movies that I can safely say are a lock for Best Picture: "Moonlight," "Manchester by the Sea," and "La La Land." And of these three, "La La Land" is by far the most likely to win. Simply put, it's the biggest spectacle. It's the flashiest, with gimmicky goodies around every corner; goodies like bright colors and trick camera work and of course, musical numbers.

Lynx died of natural causes

PICT - Lynx - US Fish & Wildlife

A lynx that was found dead on a ski slope January 8 at the Purgatory Ski Resort died of natural causes, Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Wednesday. The lynx was seen by dozens of people at the ski area and a video of the cat was viewed on social media nearly 1 million times.

A necropsy of the 11-year-old male found a tumor in the animal's throat that prevented it from eating. Although not common, tumors are found in wildlife.

While the news was greeted with regret by many people, this lynx is symbolic of the success of CPW's reintroduction program.