Colorado Parks & Wildlife hosts public meeting in Craig on Monday
Chronic wasting disease in Colorado will be the topic of discussion during a meeting with CPW’s Chronic Wasting Disease Advisory Group. The public discussion is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, in Room 185 at Colorado Northwest Community College’s Craig Campus, 2801 W. Ninth St. in Craig.
The advisory group — comprised of CPW managers, CPW commissioners and a variety of stakeholders — will present current findings and answer questions about the potential effects the disease may have on local ungulate populations. Though the disease affects deer, elk and moose, CPW has focused on deer, due to the higher prevalence in the species.
In Colorado, CPW estimates half of the deer herds and about one third of elk herds are affected by chronic wasting disease. The proportion of animals in these herds infected varies across the state, but current science-based estimates indicate higher infection rates in several herds in the northwest part of Colorado.
“CWD continues to be a concern for our agency, and there is much the public needs to know about the current situation,” said Area Wildlife Manager Bill de Vergie, of Meeker. “The disease is still with us, and will likely continue to be a part of the landscape for the foreseeable future. What that means for hunters and the public is what is up for discussion at these meetings.”
Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease in ungulates, caused by infectious proteins called prions. CWD affects the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, causing the animals to display abnormal behavior, become uncoordinated and emaciated and eventually die.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the CPW Commission convened the CWD Advisory Group to ensure various stakeholder interests are adequately represented in efforts to address the disease. The goal of the group is to advise CPW in the drafting of the CWD response plan by August then present a draft plan to the CPW Commission by September.
2018 Tour de Steamboat cycling benefit seeks sponsors for event
The Tour de Steamboat, slated for Saturday, July 21, is a non-competitive cycling event for riders or all ages and abilities with routes of 26, 46, 66 and 116 miles.
All proceeds from the event benefit Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS), Routt County Riders, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and an additional fifth nonprofit chosen each year. In 2017, the Tour de Steamboat collaborative effort raised $92,000. Tour organizers are seeking sponsors for the 2018 event starting at the $300 level. A sponsorship packet and information about the ride is available at tourdesteamboat.com/sponsor-information/.
Community Ag Alliance offers weekly farmers market online
The Community Agriculture Alliance hosts a Friday Farmers Market weekly where people can purchase vegetables, eggs, meat and other locally-produced items. After the first order, the cost to join the market is $25 per year. Most products and their availability change along with the seasons. People can reserve what they’d like online at caa.org and pick it up on Friday.
Residents encouraged to renew identification cards online
Colorado residents who renew their driver’s licenses or identification cards online will now receive a newly designed card.
Renewing online allows customers to avoid visiting a Department of Motor Vehicle office. It also offers individuals the opportunity to update their current physical and mailing addresses.
Individuals may renew their driver license up to two consecutive times online. The most recent photo on file with the DMV is used when renewing online.
Last year, only 29 percent of eligible residents took advantage of the online renewal option. Individuals are encouraged to renew online for their convenience.
Colorado unveiled the new driver’s license and identification card at three pilot offices in March. All driver license offices across the state are issuing the new design.
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