Fosset Gulch Road closure announced
Five miles of the Fosset Gulch Road (Forest Road 613) is closed to through traffic to allow for pipeline construction and road reconstruction.
The northern closure point is about two miles south of U.S. Highway 160, restricting access to the Bull Canyon Road and the Fosset Gulch area of the HD Mountains.
The closure may extend to November, although segments of the road will be reopened as construction activities are completed.
Traffic signs will be installed in the affected area.
The work in Fosset Gulch is part of a larger project that will connect five existing natural gas wells to gas transmission pipelines.
Hikes, camping trips set for Seniors Outdoors!
b There will be very challenging climbs to the summits of Little Giant and King Solomon Mountain near Silverton. The climb will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday.
b There will be a car camping outing with a hard hike near Silverton, starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Day hikes, many above timberline, will be held each day from camp. RSVP to Bill Cagle at 385-4566 or email@example.com.
b The Wednesday Wanderers will take an easy hike to Spud Lake at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Contract trip leader Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or rdb835@ frontier.net. RSVP for nonmembers only.
b The SO! Ladies Fridays A Field group will take a hike with two options, starting at 7 a.m. Aug. 6. Option 1 is a moderate hike on the Sliderock Trail from the upper end of Junction Creek toward Kennebec Pass up to the Muldoon Mine and turning back. Option 2, a harder hike, will continue up the east ridge of Cumberland Mountain to the summit. RSVP to Dorothy Bregar at 385-1814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nature Studies bluegrass fundraiser Thursday
Durango Nature Studies will host its second annual bluegrass and beer fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Rotary Park in Durango.
Cost is $5 per person.
There will be brats and burgers, as well as beer donated by Carvers. Food donations will be provided by Sunnyside Meats, James Ranch and City Market,
The music will start with Durango Nature Studies own Sally Shuffield, accompanied by Pat Dressen from Badly Bent on mandolin.
Shuffields third CD, Something in the Water, charted nationally on the folk and American roots radio charts recently.
She will be followed by one of Durangos most popular new bluegrass bands, Waiting on Trial.
For more information, visit the Durango Nature Studies website at durangonature- studies.org.
Utah man sentenced for bobcat poaching
OGDEN, Utah (AP) A Utah man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail on poaching charges.
Jared Beal pleaded no contest to bobcat poaching after authorities secretly installed a GPS on his truck to track his movements.
The 42-year-old North Ogden man was found with 31 bobcat pelts in his home when he was arrested in January 2008. Only six pelts are allowed per permit.
Southern Utah trail reopens near Zion
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) A southern Utah trail is reopening to the public after a major overhaul to increase safety.
The U.S. Forest Service says the Cascade Falls National Recreation Trail has been re-engineered and reopened in time for last weekends Pioneer Day. The Forest Service rerouted the trail and stabilized erosive soils over the last couple of years.
The trail features views of the Virgin River Rim country and Zion National Park and ends at a waterfall that flows out of the cliffs.
Man goes fishing, then to jail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A Tennessee man on probation for a dozen hunting violations was sent to jail for nearly two years after he was caught fishing under a false name in neighboring Georgia.
The Tennessean newspaper reported that Georgia wildlife agents were tipped by their Tennessee counterparts that 31-year-old Kurt Wesley Ellis was fishing for trout in north Georgia with a license obtained under a false name.
Ellis, from southeast Tennessee, was banned from hunting or fishing on state property for at least 20 years after pleading guilty last year to 12 hunting violations. He served a short jail stint and was on probation.
Because Tennessee is part of an enforcement deal called the Wildlife Violators Compact, those same restrictions apply in 33 other states.
Fishing buddies reel in stolen cars
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) A couple of fishing buddies from Delaware have been catching more than just bass. Theyve been helping police reel in cars.
Larry Newirth and Dan Cathell spotted a white BMW 750 sedan on June 17. Then last week, they found a late-model Honda Accord.
Police say the cars were stolen and abandoned. No arrests have been made.
Newirth, a 63-year-old retired carpenter, jokes that he and Cathell better stop finding cars or the police will think theyre the ones stealing them.
Cathell, a 44-year-old millwright, says he hopes the thieves stop dumping the cars from the boat ramp so police dont close the dock to the public.