Outside briefs, Feb. 4, 2017

Central runners compete in Leadville

A group of Central runners took to the outdoors recently to compete in the Colorado Snowshoe State Championships in Leadville.

Both the Central boys and girls won team titles, and senior Jared Leblow won the boys individual crown.

Leblow ran the 5K course in 23 minutes, 2 seconds to win the race by more than three minutes.

Central’s Tyman Smart was seventh and Reuben Smart finished ninth.

For the girls, Central’s Ivory Espinoza finished third and Alyssa Smart was fifth.

The Leblow family had a great showing at the race. Jordan Leblow won the middle school division with a course-record time of 35:19.

Central cross-country coach Ted Leblow won the men’s race and set a course-record with a time of 25:52.

In the 200-meter race, a pair Central runners set course records. Jared Leblow won the men’s race with a time 33.77, and Alyssa Smart ran a 47.87 to win the women’s race.

Monument sees increase in visitors


With the increased traffic at the east entrance to Colorado National Monument, officials want to evaluate possible options and solutions.

The annual number of cars passing through the east entrance has increased by 56,000, with 252,694 vehicles entering the east entrance last year.

According to officials, the increase is due to more visitors to the monument and the growing population of the Glade Park area.

The goal is to expedite the time spent introducing visitors to the park without diminishing their experience.

The monument plans to use grant funds from the Federal Highway Administration to make construction changes to the entrance.

Comments can be left at http://www.nps.gov/colm; call 970-858-3617, ext. 300; comment on Facebook by searching ColoradoNM; or send a letter to Colorado National Monument, 1750 Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, 81521.

Sportsmen’s caucus slated for Thursday


Hunters and anglers interested in expressing their opinions about a variety of wildlife-related issues can attend the next Northwest Region sportsmen’s roundtable caucus on Feb. 9 in Meeker.

The caucus will begin at 6 p.m. at the White River Electric Association Building, 233 Sixth Street.

Elected and appointed representatives on the roundtable will gather feedback and relay it to Colorado Parks and Wildlife leadership at the statewide sportsmen’s roundtable meeting scheduled for mid-March.

“There are several pressing issues that directly impact our sportsmen on the table,” Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde said. “From winter conditions, mule deer numbers and predator management to CPW’s financial sustainability, this is where sportsmen can come listen, learn and give their input.”

The roundtable consists of four appointed members and two elected members from each region. Twice each year, the statewide roundtable meets with the CPW director and other members of CPW’s leadership for detailed discussions about a variety of wildlife management challenges.

Guided programs, clinics set in Gunnison


The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is offering guided programs and clinics for the winter season. Participants will meet at the South Rim Visitor Center for all events.

Snowshoe Walks will be held Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through March. The walks will start at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays. These are 1½-mile walks, so allow two hours for the program. Free snowshoes are available to use. Reservations required.

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Allow 90 minutes for the program and be prepared for cold weather. Hot drinks will also be available. Reservations required.

Information/reservations: 970-249-1914, ext. 423.


Coat drive at Glacier Ice Arena this month


The Glacier Ice Arena and the Colorado Mesa University men’s hockey team will be holding their third annual children’s coat drive at the CMU hockey home games in February.

The $5 admission will be waived to anyone donating a new or gently used children-sized winter coat. The coats will be distributed to children throughout Mesa County.

February home games will be 7 p.m. on Friday at home against CU-Colorado Springs, and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday against CU-Colorado Springs.

Information: Becky Winegard, 970-270-5776, rdwinegard@ gmail.com; Robbie Koos, 970-242-RINK, http://www.glaciericearena.net/blog/2017/01/07/coat-drivejanuary- 20th-21st/.


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