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November 28, 2012
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Community Briefs - Nov. 29, 2012

Brent and Dawn Brown would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Amanda Shea Brown, to Brian Joseph Hauquitz, son of Steve and Cheryl Hauquitz of Rifle. The couple was married on Sept. 22.

MEEKER - As part of an ongoing mule deer study in the Piceance Basin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will conduct helicopter capture and collaring operations in Game Management Unit 22 in early December. Hunters heading to this area for a late-season hunt should be aware that capture operations may affect a portion of their hunt.

The area, southwest of Meeker, includes one of the largest natural gas fields in the United States, along with one of the largest migratory mule deer populations in the country. Several energy companies own leases throughout this 600 square-mile, big game winter range.

"Capture and collaring operations are a critical part of our mule deer study," said Chuck Anderson, mammals researcher for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "This study attempts to ascertain the impact energy development has on our mule deer population, and the potential ways we can mitigate those impacts."

Anderson said that although the capture operation may inconvenience some hunters, he reminds them of the benefits, including making future hunts more productive.

The study, which began in January 2008 and is expected to continue through 2018, is funded and assisted by several agencies and companies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado State University, Idaho State University, Encana, Williams, Shell, Exxon, Marathon and various sportsmen's organizations.

For more information about the capture operation, call Colorado Parks and Wildlife's office in Meeker at (970) 878-6090.

For information about the Piceance Basin Mule Deer study, and other research projects, go to

We would like to thank the Rifle Police Department, the Rifle and Silt fire departments, and any other fire department, for their quick response to a fire in King's Crown Mobile Home park on Nov. 9.

Also, thank you to Kevin Harrera and Karen Weiss for calling 911. Kevin's dog woke him up barking and Kevin saw flashing lights on his uncle's home. He ran out, saw the fire and called 911, then took pictures on his cell phone.

God bless you all for your quick response. The fire could have been a lot worse. It was caused by a space heater with a frayed electrical cord. We ask everyone to check the cords on all appliances and disconnect your space heaters from the wall when they are not needed or used.

Gary and Shirley Parks, resident managers

Stewart and Dedra Mall, assistant managers

Kelli Carl of Rifle is scheduled to undergo back surgery in a Denver hospital on Dec. 5 to help relieve pain caused by disc problems that compress her nerves.

Her husband, Ron Carl, said they have disability insurance to cover most of the cost, but have also established an account at Alpine Bank, if people want to make a deposit to help with extra expenses. His wife may be in the hospital for five days, Ron Carl added.

Those willing to help should make out a check to Kelli Carl, make a note to deposit it to the "Sandoval Fun For All" account, Ron Carl said.

For further information, call Ron Carl at (970) 518-6827.

Extreme Huntress Jackie Gross of Silt, who traveled to Africa to hunt cape Buffalo and came back with stories to tell, has written about the trip on her website, She also sent this thanks to all her supporters:

"Thank you so much for believing in me for the 2011 Extreme Huntress Contest. Africa was so amazing, it truly was, a once in a lifetime opportunity that will be remembered forever. The support from all of you really makes me proud. I am so happy to share such an amazing experience with you and thank you again for helping me accomplish a dream of all dreams!"

Gross' trip was recorded for the NBC Sports Network show, "Eye of the Hunter," and is scheduled to air on Jan. 6 at 5 a.m. MST. It can also be seen on the Tahoe Films website,

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