Outside Briefs, March 19, 2016

See ‘River of Sorrows’

Colorado Mesa University will host a documentary film, “River of Sorrows: Inheriting Today’s Dolores River,” on April 13.

The film will be shown in the University Center’s Meyer Ballroom with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The film will begin at 7:30, and a panel discussion will follow at 8:30. The film focuses on the many issues facing the river, which is used for irrigation and recreation.

Go to http://www.coloradomesa.edu to RSVP.

Dinosaur trail open April 1


The Bureau of Land Management Moab Field Office will have a grand opening for the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail on April 1 at 1:30 p.m.

The ceremony will be in the parking lot at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite Trail head.  The kid-friendly event will have tours, and paleontologists will be on hand to answer questions about the dinosaurs and other fossils in the area.

The short interpretive trail features more than 200 tracks representing six different dinosaurs.

The trail head is 15 miles north of Moab on Utah Highway 191, then take a left turn on the dirt road marked “Mill Canyon.” Follow signs for the next eight-tenths of a mile to the parking lot for the trail.

The site was discovered in 2009, and paleontologists have uncovered, recorded and studied the tracks, which include meat-eating and plant-eating dinosaurs, as well as a bird and a crocodile. Some of the tracks belong to a relative of the Utahraptor, which was the largest, most dangerous raptor. 

For information, contact ReBecca Hunt-Foster, BLM Canyon Country District Paleontologist at 435-259-2100.

Documentary on ultra runner


A documentary film, “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” will be shown at the Mesa Theater on April 19 at 7 p.m.

The film is about Micah True, a Boulder ultra runner better known as Caballo Blanco, which means white horse. True was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” about the Tarahumara Indians of northern Mexico.

Caballo Blanco lived and ran with the Tarahumara and afterward created the 50-mile Copper Canyon Ultra-Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability.

The film recently won the 2015 Bud Greenspan Memorial Film and Video Award, presented by the Track & Field Writers of America.

Bowhunter Safety near Fruita


Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a Bowhunter Safety Course at the Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita on May 14-15.

It is open to novice and experienced bowhunters interested in learning new skills and increasing their chance of success.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Sign up for the class and get details at http://www.register-ed.com, click on “Colorado,” scroll down to “Bowhunter Education” and click “View Upcoming Events,” then scroll down to the class at Horsethief Canyon SWA. Or call 970-255-6100.

Novice archers may use their own equipment or equipment provided by Parks and Wildlife. Advanced archers are encouraged to bring their own gear.

Course topics include responsibilities, equipment, range estimation and survival skills. 


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