SO! announces series of hiking trips
b A moderate to hard jeep trip from Silverton over Stony Pass to Bear Town and hike to the Continental Divide Trail at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. RSVP to Connie Webb at 382-0009 or email@example.com;
b A hard hike to Highland Mary Lakes/Continental Divide Divide Loop at 7 a.m. Monday. RSVP to Ken Fusco at 259-9442 or ken@fusco- finl.com;
b The Wednesday Wanderers will take a moderate hike at Lower Engineer Mountain at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. RSVP for nonmembers only to Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
b A hard hike/climb to the top of Twin Sisters at 7 a.m. Aug. 13. RSVP to Bill Cagle at 385-4566 or email@example.com; SO! Ladies Fridays a Field will make a hard hike to Ice Lake (in the Silverton area) at 7 a.m. Aug. 13. Option 1 will hike the lower basin, while Option 2 will continue to Ice Lake. RSVP to Jenny Wrenn at 497-2803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Mexico proposes more hunting
SANTA FE (AP) The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is proposing to increase the number of bears and cougars that can be killed by hunters.
The department plans public hearings next week on rules changes for hunting bears, cougars, antelope and deer. The agency will make final recommendations to the Game Commission on Aug. 28.
The department proposes to reduce the bear population because of high levels of nuisance and human safety risks in some parts of the state.
The agency says it wants to increase cougar hunting opportunities and address complaints of cougars preying on other wildlife such as desert bighorn sheep.
Proposed hunting changes are available on the departments website.