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Looking back for June 19, 1958

Body of missing man is found in Yampa River

— Earl Sylvester Taylor, 57, who disappeared from his Mount Harris home May 8 after a suicide threat, was found dead by a fisherman Sunday night in the Yampa River north of Hayden.

Kenneth Bailey found the body while fishing on the Henry Zehner ranch. He notified Hayden authorities who in turn called Hayden Sheriff Abe Ritter.

An inquest into the former weighmaster’s death will be held later this week. Mr. Taylor was employed by Colorado and Utah Coal Co. since 1917, and lived in Mount Harris for 41 years.

Extra attractions arranged for Cowboys Roundup

A gala carnival atmosphere will prevail two weeks from today when thousands of people from Northwestern Colorado throng into Steamboat for one of the biggest small-town July 4 celebrations anywhere.

American Legion Commander Lloyd Lockhart said the festivities will begin when a large Legion-sponsored carnival troupe, with many games, ride and shows, busts into town on the second to remain for the long weekend.

The Cowboys Roundup will fill up the afternoon Thursday and Friday with arena and racing events. Top riders from the whole region will compete for generous prizes.

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Everyone loves a parade and the color, music and cheering from the sidelines of the Lincoln Avenue stage Friday morning will be for the many lavish floats that stream past the viewers. All county groups are invited to enter a float and vie for prizes totaling $150.

Friday night, against the cool background of our Western hills, a brilliant display of fireworks will rise and resound high above the Yampa River to celebrate our nation’s independence. Twice as many fireworks will burst forth from Sulpher Cave as they did last year and should add to the high spirits of the occasion.

For those who like to dance, two nights of high-stepping are on tap at the large community July 3 and 4.

In a few days, Western wear will be mandatory for the town’s residents and kangaroo court penalties are awaiting non-conformists.

Pilot: Fishy in the brook, we hope you’re not forsook

Recently we commented in a light vein about the new hybrid fish being developed by the game and fish department. This week a most serious minded individual, Bob Hoover, an information officer for the department, attempts to set us straight on the facts of fish life.

We are glad to print this story about the splake and optimistic hope that it will mean better fishing. We hope that is correct.

We are not attempting to pick any fight with the game and fish department. All our officials with the department and its officials have been most friendly. At times we have felt that this region has been neglected, but we find about every area feels the same way and there just aren’t enough trout to be planted to satisfy everyone. But the department is turning out tons of them and someone undoubtedly is catching a lot of them.

But it would appear that internal affairs in the department itself are slightly fishy. In many areas public relations are at a low ebb. This applies to some of the most important fishing and hunting areas in the state.

But the latest flare-up does not involve this section. Cleve Gentry, chief conservation officer in this district for many years, has been transferred to the southwest part of the state. Vic Steele, supervisor of Grand Junction, has been moved to Denver.

Warden Arthur Rogers of Paonia recently took a swing at the jaw of his supervisor, Clyde Slonaker of Durango. Rogers has been downgraded and will be transferred to the grasshopper country around Hugo.

Slonaker will move headquarters to Glenwood Springs.

At any rate, it points to a lot of department dissension that bodes no good for the fishing and hunting areas of Colorado. Hunting and fishing bring an immense amount of revenue to Routt and Moffat counties and they combine into an asset that needs careful nurturing.

So we hope internal differences can be worked out fairly without endangering the propagation of the crossbred trout and better fishing and hunting for this area.

The fish and game department has grown to great size within the past decade. There are specialists upon specialists. It is true that is financed solely from the sale of licenses and has a huge surplus and much of it cannot be spent without legislative consent.

It has failed to keep the public properly informed about many of its activities and the need for the large personnel. Certainly the public is entitled to know more about where its money goes.