The state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. The program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope.
KVNF's Laura Palmisano traveled to the Grand Valley to learn more about the project.
Roger Granat is the 73-year-old mayor of Palisade. He grew up there. And as a boy, he would often visit the neighboring community of Cameo.
"The general store and the post office sat over here on our right," Granat said on a recent visit to the old town site.
Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park. It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts. One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration. KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.
The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.
“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it has plenty of leftover big-game licenses for the 2014 season.
The agency said it has about 6,000 deer, 30,000 elk, 5,000 pronghorn, and 1,800 bear licenses for the fall hunting season.
Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for Parks and Wildlife, said the deadline to apply for big-game licenses was in April. He said most hunters don’t get their first choice and the agency usually have leftover licenses available for purchase.
Mule deer populations are declining around the West, and Western Colorado is no exception. Now, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hoping to bring a diverse group of people together to brainstorm what to do about it. Randy Hampton is a spokesman for the agency. KVNF's Emily Guerin asked him to explain what's going on with mule deer.
Unlike other Western states, Colorado’s moose population is growing. It’s healthier than ever with an estimated 2300 moose across the state. While other states are grappling with why their herds are shrinking, Colorado is studying the population’s fast growth. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.
Anda Rojs Smalls has lived in the Aspen area for over a decade. But, it was just recently that she saw a moose.
"My first moose sighting was about two years ago, in the summertime, with my kids up at the Maroon Lake," she says.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a mountain lion ate a colt near Cedaredge last week, and they have shot a bear that killed some 40 chickens near Paonia. When wildlife are a danger to livestock or people, it’s up to the state’s Parks and Wildlife agency to put them down. Last year about 45 wild animals were shot or euthanized in the Muddy Creek area of Delta and Gunnison counties – mostly for predation of sheep.