Busy schedule ahead for Seniors Outdoors!
Seniors Outdoors! announces these upcoming activities:
- •On Sunday (9 a.m.), there will be a hard hike up the trail to the Engineer plateau, then down Pass Creek Trail to Coal Bank. RSVP to trip leader Jim O'Brien at 375-1693 or email@example.com.
- On Monday, there will be an easy "Follow the Trams" jeep tour in the Silverton area. This will be an all-day trip starting at 8 a.m. For more information, contact trip leader Rudy Davison at 259-9307 or firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP to Dorothy Bregar at 385-1814 or email@example.com.
- On Tuesday, there will be an easy hike down Transfer Trail to the West Mancos River, then along West Mancos and up the Rim Trail with an option for an additional two miles to Coyote Park. RSVP to Harry Hance at 533-9757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Wednesday, there will be a hard hike to Centennial Peak via Sharkstooth Pass, starting at 7 a.m. RSVP at least two days before the hike to Jim O'Brien at 375-1693 or email@example.com.
- Also Wednesday, the Wednesday Wanderers will take a moderate hike on the Pioneer Trial, starting at the parking lot on County Road 240 by Edgmont. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Animas City Park. No RSVP required. For more information, contact trip leader Dell Manners at 259-0190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On Aug. 21, the Seniors Outdoors! Ladies Friday a Field a group will take a hard hike to Crater Lake from Andrews Lake with a moderate option. Trip will leave at 7:30 a.m. RSVP to Linda Olmstead at 385-4091.
- On Aug. 21-22, there will be a two-day outing to Ouray. At 7 a.m. Aug. 21, there will be a hard hike to the Chief Ouray Mine. RSVP to trip leader Olin Kane at 375-0060 or email@example.com.
On Aug. 22, there will be a hard hike on the Horsethief Trail to Bridge of Heaven. RSVP to trip leader Nancy Federico at 259-1949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aug. 21-22 trip will meet at 7 a.m. at Animas City Park or at 9 a.m. at the campground in Ouray.
The Forest Service road to Little Molas Lake Campground on the west side of U.S. 550 on Molas Pass will be closed temporarily to traffic between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 24-28. The closure will be for repair work.
The campground and trailhead will remain open.
Following the initial week of road construction, work will continue through the end of September.
But the road will not be closed.
Delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.
Weekends will not be affected by the closures.
The Durango Nature Studies Lecture Series will continue Aug. 29 with "Designing a Personal Garden Refuge." The lecture will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Native Roots Nursery. Susan Tweit will lead the program.
Cost is $20 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
An award-wining author, naturalist and garden designer, Tweit will show participants how to read wild landscapes, how to select color and texture palettes, how to choose plant lists and how to create a garden refuge in a small space, according to Durango Nature Studies.
SANTA FE (AP) - The New Mexico Game and Fish Department is giving hunters another chance at deer, elk and javelina licenses.
The department said more than 1,700 public-land hunting licenses went unsubscribed after this year's big game draw.
Assistant Game and Fish Director Patrick Block said the department is offering the leftover licenses because it wants to give New Mexico hunters every opportunity to enjoy a sport they are passionate about.
The leftover licenses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis Aug. 19 on the department's Web site.
STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - A Molalla, Ore., city councilman was killed in a kayaking accident on the Little White Salmon River east of Stevenson, Wash., on Sunday.
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said 31-year-old Ryan Morgan was reported missing late Sunday afternoon after he became separated from his kayaking partner, Marcus Fant of Oregon City, Ore., in a stretch of river with many rapids.
Searchers looked for Morgan late Sunday and again Monday. A search team from a whitewater guide service finally located Morgan's body and kayak Monday afternoon, wedged underwater in a logjam about a half-mile from the Little White Salmon fish hatchery.
The Oregonian reported that Morgan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council in November after working for many years in the juvenile justice system. He was a board member for Weed and Seed, a community-based anti-crime program.
AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - An eastern Idaho woman is the new state record holder for catching a rainbow trout.
State game officials sayid the rainbow pulled from the Snake River just above the American Falls Reservoir on July 29 by Michelle V. Larsen-Williams is the biggest on record.
Larsen-Williams, of Pingree, Idaho, broke a 61-year-old record when she landed a rainbow measuring 34¼ inches and weighing just over 20 pounds. The fish boasted a girth of 22¼ inches.
Idaho Fish and Game officials said the lunker was caught using a worm and 14-pound test line.
The past rainbow trout record was a 19-pounder pulled from Hayden Lake in 1947 by R.M. Williams.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A move is under way to ban bicyclists on county roads in Iowa.
A group called Citizens for Safety Coalition of Iowa is circulating a petition and urging the Legislature to support a move to ban bikes on so-called farm-to-market roads.
Spokesman Dan Jones said too many people are getting hurt in accidents.
Iowa has more than 30,000 miles of farm-to-market roads which includes paved county road and heavily traveled gravel roads.
Mark Wyatt of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition said banning bikes isn't the answer to safety concerns, but rather education and awareness, better engineered roads and enforcement of traffic laws.
Crawford County banned an annual summer bike ride across Iowa in 2007 in the wake of a lawsuit over the death of a rider in 2004.
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A small cinnamon-colored black bear charged at backpackers last weekend, leading the Bitterroot National Forest to close the Big Creek drainage to public use for up to two weeks.
In early July, Stevensville Ranger District employees received reports that the bear had torn up a couple of tents near Big Creek Lake. Backpackers reported additional tents were damaged over the weekend, and that the bear had charged people.
The drainage will be closed for up to two weeks while forest officials work with bear managers with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, to determine what action should be taken.
Officials saidit's likely the bear learned to associate food with people, either by living in areas where he could access people's garbage and bird feeders or by raiding backcountry camps where food was not stored properly.