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CPW May Limit Elk Licenses

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a proposal to limit elk licenses in the southern San Luis Valley. Input can be provided through a short on-line survey HERE. Deadline to submit comments on-line is Sept. 10.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is considering making Game Management Unit 83 totally limited for elk hunting because of safety concerns and big-game management needs. A group of hunters and property owners has also made the request. If the change is implemented, hunters will have to apply for all elk licenses for the unit through the annual license draw. Currently, hunters can buy over-the-counter licenses for the second and third seasons.

GMU 83 is unique in western Colorado because it is comprised entirely of private land. Elk gather in large numbers in the subdivisions throughout the GMU which is located in Costilla County. Hunters drive the many public roads in the area looking for elk and often find themselves on private property within subdivisions and among the houses. Especially during the second and third elk seasons, when over-the-counter licenses are available, shots are often fired across roads from all directions creating dangerous conditions for hunters and the public.

CPW is considering limiting elk hunting licenses in the San Luis Valley

Rick Basagoitia, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the San Luis Valley, said CPW wants to assure safe conditions for hunters, homeowners and the public.

“Enforcement of hunting rules is difficult and there are safety concerns because of the proximity between the elk and the homes,” Basagoitia said. “CPW is addressing this situation to alleviate public safety concerns and to better manage elk herd in the area. The elk herd and traditional hunting are important to residents of the county and others. We want to strike the best balance that we can to meet those needs and do it safely,”

If the change is approved by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission the new rules would take effect for the 2020 big-game season. The Public Informaiton Officer for the Southwest region is Joe Lewandowski who can be reached directly at 970-375-6708.

Leaders Turn Tassels for Saguache

By Kathy Bedell, Saguache Today

While this time of year generally marks the back-to-school season, there was a special graduation ceremony held this past week that is noteworthy in Saguache Today.

Congratulations to the 7 members of the graduating class of the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) from the HEART of Saguache/KV Estates: Cristalray Dominguez, Jamie Dominguez, Michelle Loddy, Jeron Parkins, Carla Quintana , Nyla Thompson, and Peggy Williams.

On August 23, the 2018/19 graduates participated in a ceremony and celebration as they concluded a multi-week course which is offered t o “adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.”

Here is an overview of their community projects!

Next Classes Begin in October

How will you use your voice in 2019-2020? Explore new ways and techniques to do so by taking the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) offered in Saguache by HEART of Saguache/KV. This free 20-week class starts on October 2, 2019 and is offered to adults who want to make a difference in the community by focusing on positive leadership and civic skills.

FLTI graduates, family & friends celebrated with a community BBQ after their graduation ceremony on August 24 after completing the 20-week leadership course.

 “I am so grateful to be able to go from someone who doesn’t feel like they belong in their community to someone who is so engaged and has so many connections with people around the community,” said one graduate who took the class in 2016. FLTI class will be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month and dinner will be provided.  Classes will begin on October 2, 2019.  Space is limited apply now! Call Miracle Gomez, 719-849-3645 or email: heartmgomez@gmail.com

What is FLTI?

The Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado (FLTI) operates under CSU’s Office of Engagement, with program support provided by CSU Extension, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office of Community Engagement.

FLTI coordinates locally based, leadership development and civic literacy training sites offering 20 weeks of classes designed to promote greater cooperation between individuals, families, institutions, public administrators and elected officials throughout the state. The 20-week training experience is modeled after the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum and its community implementation practices.

Participating in the FLTI experience provides Coloradans with the opportunities to build their skills, develop robust social networks, and form civic partnerships necessary to make an extraordinary community impact.

Michelle Loddy’s project involved starting a community garden at KV Estates.