Help our backyard monument win $100K in time for 100th anniversary

Professional shooter Ron Avery of Olathe recently finished third in the Limited division at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Hornady Area 3 Regional Handgun Championship in Grand Island, Neb. Avery holds the rank of Grand Master in practical shooting.

The robo-calls have stopped for a while, but that doesn’t mean you should stop voting.

Voting not for some blowhard politician, of which you had plenty of choices last week, but instead voting for something we all agree on: Colorado National Monument.

In case you haven’t heard, Coca-Cola is sponsoring a popularity contest for national and state parks, with the winner getting a cool $100,000.

As of Thursday, our backyard monument was barely in the lead for all of Colorado but close behind was that “Goliath” of national parks, Rocky Mountain National Park.

Listen, this stuff is important. The park that receives the most votes (your votes) will win that $100,000 grant from Coca Cola.

Wouldn’t it be great if the monument received a no strings-attached grant, just in time for its 100th anniversary?

Colorado National Monument Supervisor Joan Anzelmo said if the monument were fortunate to win, the money would be used to benefit the youth of this valley with expanded outdoor education and recreation opportunities.

That includes providing bus transportation so the current economic situation won’t short the area’s school kids from enjoying all the opportunities the monument and its staff have to offer.

And only you can make it happen.

Go to the Coca-Cola Web site and once there, either click on the state drop-down menu and go to Colorado, or insert the monument ZIP code, 81521.

Click on the Colorado National Monument “vote” button and that’s it.

There also is a link on the monument’s homepage,

You can vote as many times as you like between now and Aug. 31.

One thing we’ve learned with having a Chicago politician in the White House, it’s not whether you vote but how often you vote.

So vote early and vote often for Colorado National Monument.

Unlike that other political stuff, this votes makes us all winners.

Special archery hunts available — Bow hunters in the Grand Valley can pull some double-duty this fall. They can enjoy some unique deer hunts in limited-access areas and at the same time help control habitat damage.

Several hunts are available through the Grand Valley on property owned and/or managed by the Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Reclamation, and Western Colorado Wildlife Habitat Association.

Property and hunting access for the Tilman Bishop State Wildlife Area, Grand Junction Wildlife Area and Orchard Mesa Wildlife Area will be given only to a limited group of bow hunters.

Hunters applying for the first three special access permits must already possess an archery deer license in the proper game management unit (unit 40 for Grand Junction Wildlife Area, unit 41 for Bishop and Orchard Mesa).

Two additional hunts are being offered during the regular rifle season to hunters holding valid rifle tags in the proper unit, but these hunts must be with archery equipment only.

Here’s the hard part: The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday (like, tomorrow). Licenses will be issued Tuesday through a random drawing.

Only one hunter per week will be allowed on each property.

The chances of success are good but there are some very specific rules each hunter must follow.

Applications and a copy of hunting rules are available at the division’s Northwest Region Office, 711 Independent Avenue. Information: 255-6100.

Olathe pro shooter takes third at regional championship — Professional shooter Ron Avery of Olathe finished third last weekend in the Limited division at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Hornady Area 3 Regional Handgun Championship in Grand Island, Neb.

Avery, ranked a Grand Master in practical shooting, finished in the top 10 on 11 of the 14 stages, winning two and posting a final score of 1,683.7692, only 78 points behind the winner.

The competition attracted 228 shooters from 25 states, Canada and Jamaica.


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