Outside briefs, Aug. 26, 2017

Former CMU rider Skarda off to world championships

Alexis Skarda of Grand Junction was recently selected by USA Cycling to represent Team USA at the 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships.

Skarda, a former Colorado Mesa rider and three-time Division II national champion, is one of five United States women that will race in the elite women cross-country division.

The races will be in Cairns, Australia, from Sept. 5-10.

Also on the team are two women who have won the Grand Junction Off-Road titles in the past: Rose Grant of Montana and Chloe Woodruff from Arizona.

Skarda has set up a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for the trip: http://www.gofundme.com/get-alexis-to-world-championships.


Local BMX rider wins scholarship


USA BMX recently announced the 2017 Bob Warnicke Scholarship winners, and a Grand Junction rider was selected.

Spencer Adams, whose home track is Grand Valley BMX at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, was the local recipient.

The scholarship is named after Bob Warnicke, who died at age 48 in 1994. He was well known for his leadership role and his many efforts in promoting the sport. This year, 70 awards were given to recipients in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.


Bird count event set for Sept. 9-10


The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society will conduct its annual Ouray Bird Count and Bird Banding project at Ridgway State Park Sept. 9-10.

People interested in the bird count will meet in the park’s visitor center parking area at 
8 a.m. on both days.

Those interested in observing bird banding can come to the Dallas Creek Banding Station on the south entrance to the park on 8:30-11 a.m. on Sept. 9.

Local Audubon members will lead birders of all abilities on a route from Colona to Ironton with stops at key migration sites. More than 100 species were recorded last year.

For more than 10 years, birds have been mist netted, recorded, banded and released from the Dallas Creek site in cooperation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Black Canyon Audubon Society. Data collected over a two-week period is then used to assess the health of bird populations and habitat areas.

Information: Bruce Ackerman, 727-858-5857.

Select areas offer access to hunters


The United States Fish and Wildlife and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer permitted hunter access to three wildlife refuges in the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Hunters are allowed access to the refuges — Alamosa, Baca, and Monte Vista — during specific seasons for elk. The official application period and drawing have already occurred, but several seasons were undersubscribed or no applications were taken. CPW is accepting applications for the following seasons on a first come, first served basis to fill these gaps: 

■ Baca Refuge: 2nd and 3rd Rifle seasons

■ Alamosa Refuge: Archery; Muzzleloader; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Rifle seasons

■ Monte Vista Refuge: Muzzleloader; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Rifle seasons

CPW will take up to 10 applications for each season. The first five applicants will be given a permit with the next five hunters placed on a waiting list.

Interested parties should send an email to montevista.wildlife@state.co.us. It must include name, CID, phone number, license hunt code, and desired refuge.


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