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Manors ready to proceed with $4M in upgrades

The Manors low-income senior housing apartments in downtown Glenwood Springs are finally on track to see $4 million worth of much-needed renovations over the next few months.

However, some of that work will require that tenants who have limited mobility be relocated for a period of time while elevators in the two, six-story Manors I and II buildings on Blake and Bennett avenues are under repair.

Denver-based Steele Properties, the development arm of the Monroe Group, which manages the apartments, was recently awarded tax credit financing and bonding through the Colorado Housing Finance Authority to do the renovations, said Jennifer Cloud, acquisitions manager for Steele.

An attempt was made last year to obtain the credits without success. But the long-awaited project is now scheduled to begin by late August, Cloud said.

The renovations will include a variety of upgrades for each apartment unit, including new doors, flooring, kitchen cabinets, energy efficient appliances, bathroom fixtures, a new paint job and security/call system upgrades.

The buildings will also see repairs to the parking areas, a new fire sprinkler system, electrical upgrades, new lighting fixtures, new air-conditioning units and elevator retrofits.

Tenants can remain in their apartments for most of the work, although they may want to find someplace to be during the day when construction is going on, Cloud said.

However, the elevators will be off line for a period of time in both buildings, meaning tenants will either have to use the stairs or arrange through their HUD Section 8 rental assistance to be temporarily relocated. Those with mobility concerns in particular may want to consider that option, Cloud said.

“Our tenants at this property in particular do have a lot of mobility issues, and we are aware of that,” Cloud said.

During the repair work, HUD will arrange to pay for a hotel room and provide a stipend for food and other necessities. Tenants can also arrange to stay with a friend or family during that time and also receive the stipend, she explained.

“We know this will be tough for them,” she said. “But in the end they will see a lot of improvements, and this is a good investment in the property that will extend its affordability for many years.”

The CHFA financing also ensures that the property will continue to operate as low-income senior housing for at least the next 20 years, Cloud explained.

The Manors were built in 1978 to provide 78 one-bedroom units under the Section 8 housing program. A small renovation was done in 1988, and repairs have been made over the years. But the property is now in need of a large-scale renovation, according to a news release issued by Steele and the Monroe Group.

Steele obtained a 4 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credit and tax exempt bond financing from the CHFA. The Garfield County Housing Authority also transferred $2.5 million of its federal tax exempt bond cap funds back to CHFA in support of the local project.

The Monroe Group will continue to manage the property throughout renovation and after it is completed, while Steele Properties will be responsible for hiring a general contractor and overseeing the work, Cloud said.

Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn (7/3/1943 — 7/20/2016)

Michel (Mike) Gafford Jocelyn, 73, died peacefully after a valiant fight against brain cancer at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on July 20th 2016, surrounded by those who loved him most.

Mike was born at St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas. An alumni of Wichita University, Mike lived every day of his life to the fullest and touched many people’s hearts. He shared his passions with friends and family alike. His many adventures included being a pilot, race car driver, captain at sea, banker, engineer, restaurant owner, entrepreneur, and ordained minister, officiating the marriages of his son Brandon Jocelyn, and loved ones Rachel Baumgardner and Tim Dowdeswell. He owned and operated a property management business with his wife Elizabeth in Breckenridge, Colorado. Mike was a stranger to no one and had a special knack for befriending everyone who had the privilege of meeting him.

Mike is preceded in death by his sister Shirley Farley.

Mike is survived by his wife of 24 years, Elizabeth Ann Jocelyn (Grimes); sons Taylor Jocelyn (wife Lydia), Brandon Jocelyn (wife Valerie) and Zachary Jocelyn (wife Tia); daughter Jami-Leone Denise Jocelyn; brothers Steve Jocelyn and Steve Price; grandchildren Shelby and Cameron Jocelyn; and Life mentor to Rachel Baumgardner (wife Nikki) and Tim Dowdeswell (wife Wendy).

There will be a celebration of life held at the Jocelyn Ranch on July 30th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calaway-Young Cancer Center (1906 Blake Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601) and/or the college funds of Mike’s children Zac and Jami (PO Box 7492, Breckenridge, CO 80424).

Nederland band plays Summer of Music

The Center for the Arts presents Summer of Music Concert No. 5 tonight at Two Rivers Park.

Gipsy Moon from Nederland will deliver its version of indie-folk, Latin rhythms, jazzy vocals and gypsy swing.

Here’s what they say:

“Gipsy Moon is a four-piece group of artists on an endless musical journey, sharing songs with the hopes of planting inspiration into the soul, starting a fire in the heart, and building community that invokes love in its wildest manifestations.

“The four members, Silas Herman (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Mackenzie Page (guitar, tenor banjo, vocals), Matt Cantor (bass, vocals) and Andrew Conley (cello) write all original material about nature, sunsets, mountain rain and love. With soothing harmonies, soul-stirring poetry and instrumentals that make the hips sway as they blend the genres that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together to sing and dance until the sun comes up.”

Opening for this ensemble is the guitar, bass and percussion of local band Valle Musico, which combines classical, Latin and jazz. This new collaboration consists of guitarists Pat Winger and John Ramo, percussionist Brett Gould and bassist Bruce Imig. With a musical mission to bring new interpretations of classical, jazz and worldbeat music to audiences, Valle Musico has a focus that explores the confluence of these genres.

Here’s how they came to be: “Valle Musico was inspired by John Ramo’s meeting the musical icon Paul Simon in his apartment in New York City when ‘Graceland’ was first released in 1987. His conversation with Paul Simon inspired John, especially when Paul Simon stated that music, for him, was essentially about ‘guitars and percussion.’

“This theme forms the basis of Valle Musico’s musical collaboration — an exploration of guitars and percussion, the improvisational and notated aspects of classical, jazz, world beat musical genres and how they blend, combine and fuse.”

The evening of music starts at 6:30, rain or shine. No smoking, no pets and no glass containers. Aug. 3 is the Summer of Music finale.

Food column: Your taste buds are yours alone

I took an interesting tour and did a wine tasting with Hendry winery in Napa, California, and was reminded of one thing that I’ve always known: You will never have two people that have the same taste buds or react the same way to any flavor. Next time someone tells you how things should taste or what you should find in a bottle or in a dish, remember that it’s only what you taste that’s important, and no one can tell you any different about the textures and flavors you experience.

One of the major things that we must learn is that food changes wine. For example when you’re drinking chardonnay you should have a fatty component to allow the wine to come out. When having a albariño, you should have clean flavors with absolutely no fat. Cabernet sauvignon will always do the talking at the table, so a rib-eye will go perfectly.

There are countless wines out there, and it’s up to you to choose what you love. There should really be no rules when it comes to wine as long as you love what you’re drinking. Here are a few recipes that you can make to help you pair your albariño the way that I found it inspiring and interesting.

Walleye Fish Tacos with Sesame Cabbage Slaw

1 pound walleye filets, cut into strips

Cabbage Slaw

1 small napa cabbage head

1 jalapeno, chopped finely

2 scallions, sliced thinly

1 cucumber, diced

¼ cup cilantro, chopped

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Spiced Tomatillo Sauce

8 tomatillos

1 roma tomato

1 jalapeno

2 chile de arbol

2 garlic cloves

¼ cup cilantro

Garnish & At the Table

2 limes, cut into wedges

12 corn tortillas

In a bowl combine all the cabbage slaw ingredients and season with salt and pepper. Adding a little cumin always adds an earthy taste. Place on the bottom of a platter.

Place all the ingredients for the tomatillo sauce in a sauce pan and place over medium heat with ½ cup of water. Cook for 8 minutes and remove from heat. Blend for about 2 minutes, add ¼ cup of cilantro. Place in a bowl on the same platter as the slaw.

Season the strips of walleye with only salt. Bring a non-stick skillet to medium heat, then add grapeseed oil. Add the strips and cook for about a minute with skin down, flip and cook for another minute. Place them on top of the slaw.

The last thing you should do is heat the tortillas in a skillet over medium high heat until tender.

Now all your guests can build their own tacos. Garnish the platter surrounding with lime wedges so they can squeeze themselves. A perfect margarita and walleye tacos is all you need to bring smiles to your guests or family.

Nicoise Salad

4 4-ounce sushi grade tuna steaks

1 tablespoon each: cumin, coriander, paprika and fennel seed (aka Susie’s Spice)

2 eggs, boiled and quartered

2 baby red potatoes, boiled and quartered

20 french greens beans, blanched

12 nicoise olives

2 roma tomatoes, quartered

4 hearts of palm, sliced diagonally

Herb de Provence dressing (see recipe below)

salad and arugula mixture (desired amount)

This amazing salad has something for everyone at your table. You can add other ingredients or substitute any of these, but you must have the nicoise olives in order to call this amazing salad just that.

I like serving the tuna at room temperature, so I wait until the salad is assembled, then sear this part. You want to keep each ingredient together so that you can just keep turning the platter around and everyone can grab their favorite thing.

Give one side of the tuna a nice coat of Susie’s Spice. Get a non-stick skillet over high heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil once you see the pan smoking. Add the tuna immediately and allow it to sear for about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and remove tuna. Place the steaks right on top of the salad.

I like to drizzle the dressing on the entire thing, but since it’s family style, sometimes it’s better to just have a nice bowl of it and have everyone dress as they desire.

Herb de Provence dressing

2 tablespoons herb de Provence

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon agave

¼ cup red wine vinegar

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

In a bowl place the Dijon mustard, agave and vinegar and whisk for about a minute to let the flavors marry. Then add the extra virgin olive oil slowly so it emulsifies. Add the herb de Provence and season as desired. Place in a bowl with a spoon.

Sopa de Lima

serves 10 to 12

3 chicken breasts

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 garlic cloves

1/2 yellow onion

2 limes, zested and juiced

2 celery stalks, sliced thin at an angle

3 carrots, julienned

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

In an 8 quart saucepan bring chicken to a boil in 4 quarts of water. Reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove chicken, shred and return to reserved stock. In a skillet saute garlic, yellow onion, celery stalks, lime zest and carrots for 10 minutes. Combine vegetable mixture with chicken and broth. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Add lime juice, cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with diced avocado if desired.

Shrimp Orzo Risotto

4 portions

2 cups cooked orzo pasta

1/4 cup peas

1/4 goat cheese

1 each lemon, zest

1 sage leaf, shaved

12 shrimp, deveined and peeled

1 cup vegetable stock

2 tablespoons Parmesan, grated

In a pan add vegetable stock over medium high heat until it starts to boil. Add all ingredients and fold slowly, turning heat down to a low-medium for 7-8 minutes. Season and serve.

Super School rally planned at tonight’s Summer of Music concert

Tonight’s Music in the Park will include a brief Super School promotional rally.

Glenwood Springs’ Yampah Mountain High School is a finalist for a $10 million grant spread over five years, with the winners to be announced Aug. 4.

“We’re going to record it and promote it on social media for one last-ditch effort to grab headlines for us to be considered for the $10 million next week,” said GlenX Super School project organizer Altai Chuluun.

“On stage at 7:30 p.m., I’ll introduce what we’re trying to accomplish, then get everyone to stand up and participate.”

Chuluun said he would urge those who are social media savvy to record the rallying cry and post it on social media with hashtags #rethinkhighschool and #xqamerica.

Yampah’s proposal, which is being developed in partnership with area business and civic leaders, as well as Colorado Mountain College, involves the creation of a campus-based, learn-work program that can help students follow their passions into college and the workforce.

The goal is also to develop a broader model using an online platform that can be shared with other high schools locally and abroad.

Grand Valley gets athletic facility upgrades

Thanks to a $30 million bond signed in the fall of 2015, the Grand Valley school district is going through a large number of improvements for facilities this summer. Through that bond, the Grand Valley football field, track and baseball field will see marked improvements this coming season.

Throughout the summer the school tucked along the Colorado River on Cardinal Way has undergone many changes, including many improvements to the athletic facilities that will now rival some of the best on the Western Slope.

Going from grass to artificial turf, the football field is an impressive display of these improvements, while the track is brand new. Upgrades on the irrigation system for the practice fields were included, as well as upgrades to the baseball field. Along with that, the visiting side of the stadium will now have rest room facilities, as well as a concession stand so that fans don’t have to walk the entire way around the track to get snacks and drinks.

While in the process of making the upgrades to the facilities, athletic director Dave Walck — who leads the facilities board for the school district — realized that the school needed to upgrade the locker rooms due to size restrictions among other things. Unfortunately, the upgrade to the locker rooms wouldn’t fit under the budget for facilities, so through the help of the Owner’s Rep and the District Administration, a grant was written to free up some money to build a fieldhouse on the north side of facility between the track and high school, where there will be more space for the locker rooms.

The fieldhouse won’t be connected to the school itself due to structure issues, but it will provide the student-athletes with changing rooms for sports, as well as for officials for games.

According to Walck, the fieldhouse won’t be completed in time for football season, but it should be finished in December in the middle of basketball and wrestling season.

“We had all the plans and everything drawn up for the fieldhouse, but once we started the process we realized we wouldn’t have enough money for it,” Walck said. “Once we got the extra money for it, we were able to get the project started. There’s going to be so many upgrades to our school system this year.”

The work on the athletic facilities started right after the conclusion of football season, so workers have been tearing up the ground around Grand Valley High School for about 10 months now. However, the hard work is finally showing a clear picture of just what the Cardinals set out to accomplish with the upgrades as the football field stands out to travelers along I-70 heading east and west.

“Obviously I’m overjoyed at the prospect of these new facilities for this program,” Walck said. “A friend of mine put it to me best, saying it’s great to see all this hard work put towards academics and student achievements, and now you’re giving these kids and this community a reward for all their hard work with these new facilities. When he said it to me it kind of summed my feelings up in a nutshell. I’m really happy to see this as a great extension of what we’re trying to do at our everyday work at Grand Valley High School and Garfield 16. It’s so nice to see the community notice this and help reward us with these great facilities.”

Completion of the track and field facility will happen in the first week of August, which will be just in time for the start of football camp on Aug. 15. The Cardinals will open the season Sept. 2 against Vail Christian for the first home football game on the new field.

Carbondale’s Rohrbaugh qualifies for U.S. Amateur with win at Columbine CC

Carbondale native Tristan Rohrbaugh, a junior golfer at Boise State in the Big 12, clinched a spot in the 116th U.S. Amateur Tournament in Oakland Hills, Michigan, on Aug. 15-21, by winning Monday at Columbine Country Club in Denver by three strokes with a 10-under-par 134.

A former 3A state high school champion and a junior at Boise State, Rohrbaugh captured medalist honors Monday, shooting rounds of 68 and 66. Rohrbaugh holed out from 97 yards for eagle at the par-4 17th hole in the morning and racked up a dozen birdies go along with four bogeys.

“It’s pretty cool [to qualify],” Rohrbaugh said. “It’s cool to even go play that place (Oakland Hills), let alone going to the U.S. Amateur there. I’m pretty excited. It hasn’t really sunk in.”

While he will be competing in his first United States Golf Association championship, Rohrbaugh is certainly not a stranger to being inside the ropes at such prestigious events.

The Carbondale native has caddied at three U.S. Senior Opens for his dad, three-time Colorado PGA Professional Champion and Ironbridge Golf Club pro Doug Rohrbaugh.

However, caddying in a big event for his father likely won’t compare to playing in a national championship — and arguably the most prestigious amateur tournament on the planet. That’s a big reason why Rohrbaugh had to work to keep his emotions in check on Monday at Columbine.

Staying calm seemed to work well for Rohrbaugh, as his double-digit-under-par total would indicate.

Rohrbaugh won the 75-player tournament at Columbine CC and will get a chance to play on National Television on Fox Sports 1 and FOX during the six-day U.S. Amateur tournament.

Eating Local column: Beef on the lam

On Colby Farm, our new yearling steer Buttercup seemed content to lose himself in the deep grass, nap in the shade of an apple tree, and while away the days in the peace of his own company. At least for the first three weeks.

Ed and I left town to attend a meeting of a new association of commercial Colorado beekeepers in Broomfield. We arrived home late from the bee meeting. Early the next morning Ed went out to check on the steer. Returning to the house, he announced breathlessly, “Buttercup is missing. I think rustlers came and got him.”

We’d heard about modern-day cattle rustling right here in Garfield County from Al who helped us bring the steer home when Ed bought him. It must have fired Ed’s imagination.

We searched the 2-acre farm — Buttercup is pretty big, but the grass is high, and he does disappear — then Ed came inside to call the brand inspector.

By then he’d spotted a 6-foot stretch of ordinary wire mesh fence spanning a gap between an electric fence and our neighbor Eldon’s towering impenetrable deer fence to the west. It was bowed down by some great weight. Buttercup had found the one flaw in Ed’s fence.

I took Pepper the cattle dog and headed up to the ditch. There was Buttercup, under a juniper tree on the other side.

Soon Ed, Eldon, Pepper and I gathered to drive Buttercup back to Colby Farm. The heeler and I crossed the ditch and gingerly approached the enormous animal. Pepper has tenacity, but he weighs in around 40 pounds.

It was Pepper’s finest moment. He circled the bovine and closed off his escape routes. As I eased him closer on a long lead, Buttercup stepped toward us menacingly and dropped his big horns. I was torn between sending Pepper into the fray and holding him back to protect him. But he rushed in and nipped at Buttercup’s heels, who turned tail and kicked as Pepper dodged. Buttercup moved toward Eldon’s driveway to cross the ditch with Pepper nipping and feinting behind him.

This is where I lost control of Pepper, who rushed straight at the steer instead of flanking to turn him back onto the other ditch bank. I thought for a moment Buttercup would trample Eldon. Next thing I knew the steer had reached the big unfenced field on the other side of Eldon’s place. Pepper was wild with desire, leaping like a trout out of the deep grass to get a glimpse of his quarry. Then he slipped out of his collar and tore off after the steer, chasing Buttercup across the field to the next house down the county road, where Dawn rushed her 4-year-old grandson inside and flew back out to face down the marauding beast.

Pepper was retired, and soon we gave up on herding Buttercup home.

“We need a cowboy,” Ed said.

“And a good dog,” I said. “Pepper can watch.”

I looked up the number of a cattle rancher I’d heard of near Carbondale named Tom Turnbull. It was an auspicious name. Buttercup is castrato, but a man who can turn a bull should be able to steer a steer, right?

I explained the situation, and Tom said, “Sounds like you need a cowboy!”

He asked where we lived, and I could hear his wife in the background chiming in with advice. Tom said, “Call Ed Colby! He’s in Peach Valley.”

“He’s in the next room,” I said. “This is Ed’s steer.”

The next day, from my house in New Castle, I thought I heard lowing on the banks of Elk Creek. Could Buttercup have followed the irrigation ditch around the mountain? I walked down to Rita’s house closer to the creek. Rita was sitting on her porch. I asked her if she’d heard any cattle lately.

While we chatted, she gestured toward the ridge of the Grand Hogback above her house. A steep patch of bare ground marks where infernal flames smolder inside the mountain after a coal mine exploded a century ago. Sometimes wisps of smoke escape.

“A sheep lived up there all by itself. We’d see that woolly figure up there all the time, summer and winter,” Rita told me.

“Really?” I asked, incredulous. I imagined her grazing the hillside, drinking at the ditches below in summer, scrapping with predators, cantankerous and free. So unlike a sheep. She ruled her domain from on high.

Eventually our neighbors the Matthews hiked up the mountain and found her remains, killed by coyotes. “She lived up there for three years. Two years ago they found her,” Rita said.

I could scarcely believe my ears. I was remembering the ewe that escaped Colby Farm the first year we tried grazing animals here, the one we never saw again. That was four summers ago. Three escaped, but like bandits, they split up. We heard word of two together roaming the Hogback. Eventually the pair crossed I-70 and put themselves into a corral on the Colorado River.

We always figured the one who’d struck out on her own was a goner. Now I wasn’t so sure.

Ed was pleased when I told him what I’d heard. “Three years? For a domestic animal gone wild, that’s a happy ending,” he said. “As good as it gets.”

Marilyn Gleason writes Eating Local for the PI’s Good Taste pages.

Grand Valley gets athletic facility upgrades

Thanks to a $30 million bond signed in the fall of 2015, the Grand Valley school district is going through a large number of improvements for facilities this summer. Through that bond, the Grand Valley football field, track and baseball field will see marked improvements this coming season.

Throughout the summer the school tucked along the Colorado River on Cardinal Way has undergone many changes, including many improvements to the athletic facilities that will now rival some of the best on the Western Slope.

Going from grass to artificial turf, the football field is an impressive display of these improvements, while the track is brand new. Upgrades on the irrigation system for the practice fields were included, as well as upgrades to the baseball field. Along with that, the visiting side of the stadium will now have rest room facilities, as well as a concession stand so that fans don’t have to walk the entire way around the track to get snacks and drinks.

While in the process of making the upgrades to the facilities, athletic director Dave Walck — who leads the facilities board for the school district — realized that the school needed to upgrade the locker rooms due to size restrictions among other things. Unfortunately, the upgrade to the locker rooms wouldn’t fit under the budget for facilities, so through the help of the Owner’s Rep and the District Administration, a grant was written to free up some money to build a fieldhouse on the north side of facility between the track and high school, where there will be more space for the locker rooms.

The fieldhouse won’t be connected to the school itself due to structure issues, but it will provide the student-athletes with changing rooms for sports, as well as for officials for games.

According to Walck, the fieldhouse won’t be completed in time for football season, but it should be finished in December in the middle of basketball and wrestling season.

“We had all the plans and everything drawn up for the fieldhouse, but once we started the process we realized we wouldn’t have enough money for it,” Walck said. “Once we got the extra money for it, we were able to get the project started. There’s going to be so many upgrades to our school system this year.”

The work on the athletic facilities started right after the conclusion of football season, so workers have been tearing up the ground around Grand Valley High School for about 10 months now. However, the hard work is finally showing a clear picture of just what the Cardinals set out to accomplish with the upgrades as the football field stands out to travelers along I-70 heading east and west.

“Obviously I’m overjoyed at the prospect of these new facilities for this program,” Walck said. “A friend of mine put it to me best, saying it’s great to see all this hard work put towards academics and student achievements, and now you’re giving these kids and this community a reward for all their hard work with these new facilities. When he said it to me it kind of summed my feelings up in a nutshell. I’m really happy to see this as a great extension of what we’re trying to do at our everyday work at Grand Valley High School and Garfield 16. It’s so nice to see the community notice this and help reward us with these great facilities.”

Completion of the track and field facility will happen in the first week of August, which will be just in time for the start of football camp on Aug. 15. The Cardinals will open the season Sept. 2 against Vail Christian for the first home football game on the new field.

Gray wolves expected back in Colorado

The wolves are coming.

Due to recent reintroduction of the northern gray wolf in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, Colorado could see the migration of the large animal for the first time since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said.

“While we don’t have an established population in the state, we’ve had numerous sightings over the last decade due to the increase in number of wolves in surrounding states,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras.

“We felt obligated to let the public know about the populations in surrounding states and with that, the distance the wolves can travel. It won’t be long, based on all the facts that we’ve gathered, that a population will be established in the state. We will not relocate wolves into the state because that’s just not something that we’re in agreement with in CPW, but we can’t stop them from migrating in on their own.”

Ranging in population across North America from the ​Arctic to Mexico and from coast to coast, the last known gray wolves in Colorado were killed by about 1940. Sometimes called “timber wolves” (to distinguish it from the coyote, or prairie wolf), wolves occupy a wide range of habitats. Wolves once fed on Colorado’s​ vast herds of bison, elk and deer, supplemented by rabbits, rodents and carrion, according to CPW.

When hunters decimated the large mammals that constituted wolves’ staple diet, wolves naturally turned to a new food resource in the developing frontier: livestock. That led to wolves in Colorado being eradicated by shooting, trapping and poisoning.

Growing to as big as 5 feet long, with bushy tails as long as 14 inches, the gray wolf resembles a large dog and can be mistaken for a coyote.

Following the restoration of the gray wolves in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and a subspecies in New Mexico and Arizona by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the last decade, many observers in the CPW believe that we’ll start seeing the migration of wolves — especially male wolves — into the northern and southern parts of the state due to their ability to travel long distances.

According to a press release from Porras, CPW wildlife managers traverse the state each year by land and air to classify big game, but none have observed wolf packs, dens or any other evidence wolves have established a population Colorado.

But “wolves are known to travel long distances and we expect that they will continue to come into the state on their own. We have a duty to let the public know about this possibility to help prevent someone from accidentally killing a wolf,” CPW Director Bob Broscheid said. “Identifying the target and the species you are hunting is critical and a major tenet of safe and ethical hunting. Whether you are a trapper, or an elk hunter, deer hunter, coyote hunter or a landowner protecting livestock from predators, you must be sure of your target before you take any animal.”

While wolves can be a dangerous predatory to livestock, killing a wolf is an illegal taking of a species that is protected by the Endangered Species Act in Colorado. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — the agency with jurisdiction over wolves in Colorado — killing a wolf or any endangered species can result in criminal charges, a year in prison and fines up to $100,000 per offense, depending on circumstances and the discretion of federal authorities.

The CPW said various incidents over the past several years confirm that wolves occasionally visit northern Colorado, including a wolf killed in a vehicle collision on Interstate 70 near Idaho Springs in 2004. Three years later, two CPW wildlife officers captured video of an animal with strong wolf-like characteristics along the Colorado-Wyoming border, a few miles north of Walden. In 2009, a radio-collared gray wolf was found dead north of Rifle, and in April 2015, a trailcam, again near Walden, captured photos of an animal that appears to be a wolf. The unconfirmed sighting is considered credible.

Also in April 2015, a hunter mistakenly killed what he thought was a coyote near Wolford Mountain Reservoir, north of Kremmling. Following an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, agency biologists positively identified the animal as a gray wolf. Fortunately for the hunter, the USFWS declined to press charges or fine the hunter because they determined that the hunter didn’t kill the wolf intentionally and couldn’t clearly identify that it was or was not a wolf.

Outside of confirmed and unconfirmed visual sightings of wolves in the state over the last decade, there has been multiple reports of scat and tracks resembling wolves, as well as reports of howling in numerous areas of the state.

The main concern — which might not be the right word choice, according to Porras — for wolves migrating back into the state comes from farmers with livestock that could be attacked by said wolves.

“We certainly hear those property owners with livestock,” Porras said. “We understand their concern with wolves moving in, but there are plenty of other predators that should be of concern in this state. If something were to happen to their livestock, CPW would be obligated to compensate for those losses. We want to make that clear to them.”

Wolf supporters believe the CPW is, well, crying wolf.

Mike Phillips, executive director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund, told the Summit Daily that wolves pose no noteworthy hazard to the livestock industry, and that the killing of farm animals is the rare exception, and techniques already exist to help offset potential issues on private land to responsibly recolonize the state.

“There is no more symbolic voice for the wildlands of Colorado than the howl of the wolf,” said Phillips, who is also a state representative in Montana. “They were an important member of Colorado’s natural history, they could be an important member of the future and they’re important to restoring the natural balance to Colorado. The wolf’s presence would indicate a more complete, a more balanced landscape than not.”

With the increase in sightings, though, Colorado’s Wolf Management Plan drafted in 2004 by a multidisciplinary group from CPW, could go into effect more often than not as potential wolf populations start to pop up.

For those that have sightings to report, whether of a wolf, scat or tracks, you’re encouraged to report the sighting to CPW immediately through its Wolf Sighting Form online.