Ranger Station: important tips for enjoying winter camping in Colorado

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For most, the camping season ends on Labor Day when even the chance of cool weather sends them hibernating in motels until spring.

But I love fall, when the temperatures drop, the leaves turn color and the crowds at most state parks diminish. This is the perfect combination for some cold-weather camping.

It's a thing whether you are in an RV, camper, tent or yurt. And it can be a great experience. But it requires thinking ahead to ensure you have fun and stay safe. Here are a few tips. 

Wolf Creek Ski Area opens today for winter season

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Wolf Creek received a 30-inch storm over the past week, allowing for the second-earliest opening in the resort's history as slopes open Saturday.  The all-natural settled base is 24 inches at the midway with 30 inches year-to-date this season. Wolf Creek will be open Saturday and Sunday and continue weekend operations until snow conditions allow skiing throughout the week.

Deadline July 20 for State Fair Fine Arts Entries

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Artists throughout Colorado are busy preparing their artwork for the Colorado State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. The popular and prestigious part of the annual event showcases original artwork by Colorado residents. 

All artwork chosen for the exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Building during the entire length of the Fair. Two divisions for artwork submission are being offered: Emerging Artist and Professional. 

Fresh Air Friday – Skip the Crowds, Enjoy Colorado Parks

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy holiday season, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges you to step away from the hustle and bustle this time of year can bring. November 24, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invite you to connect with family and friends by getting outside and celebrating Fresh Air Friday.

NJC Rodeo Team Champs in Wyoming Competition

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The Northeastern Junior College (NJC) Rodeo Team returned home from Riverton, Wyoming, and the Central Wyoming College Rustler Round-Up victorious with a men's team championship.  Riverton was the fourth and final stop of the fall college rodeo season.  Leading the charge for a team title was sophomore, Jace Staudt an Ag Business major from Nathrop, Colorado.  Staudt started the day with a solid 3rd place finish in the team roping heading for JD Kirwin of Gillette College.  Staudt followed it up with a go-round win and an average title in the tie-down roping.  The w

Annual Photo Contest Focuses on Colorado Agriculture

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From rolling green fields and helpful pollinators to patriotic cowboys and cattle in the morning light, the beauty of Colorado agriculture is evident. It's once again time to capture the "spirit" of Colorado agriculture through pictures. The 20th annual "'s AgriCultural" photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state's agricultural heritage. 

LCC Rodeo Team Preps for 2017-2018 Season

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The Lamar Community College Rodeo team is working hard and looking forward to the 2017-2018 season. The team participates in ten rodeos within the Central Rocky Mountain Region: five in the fall and five in the spring. 

This year's roster is comprised of 20 members including 12 on the women's team and eight on the men's.

"Our women's team will be led by two good returners, Tacie Canfield and Ashten Marchant," LCC Head Rodeo coach Fred Sherwood said. "Both were seated in the top ten in the region in their events, so they should do well this year."