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Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side Conservation Districts are sponsoring Annual Ag Day at the New Castle Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A few of the topics are: Garfield County fire mitigation; Do you really know what chemical to use, timing, rate and new products on the market; Advantages of fertilizing your irrigated fields; How to certify an organic farm; and Whole Foods would like your produce and meat.

Mike Kishimoto will prepare his famous barbecue, so reservations are required. Call Sharie at the Conservation District office by Jan. 23 for reservations at 945-5494, ext. 105.

The Mount Sopris Conservation District will be sponsoring the “Water Law in a Nutshell” workshop on Friday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This seminar will cover all aspects of water law related to water rights and ditch rights in Colorado.

Discussion will include appropriation, use, abandonment, ditch owner rights and responsibilities, mutual ditch company law, etc., and enforcement of various types of water rights. Continuing education credits are available for realtors and attorneys.

Registration fee is $50 and class size is limited. For more information or a registration form call the Mount Sopris Conservation District at 945-5494, ext. 105.

Colorado Elks Lodges are collecting deer, elk and other animal hides through January. They will be tanned and distributed for recreational and occupational therapy throughout the Veterans Administration health-care system.

Some of the tanned leather is also cut and sewn into specially designed fingerless gloves, which are furnished to veterans confined to wheelchairs to protect their hands during movement.

Once donated, volunteers clean, salt, fold and stack the hides. They are then transported to tanneries for processing. After cleaning and tanning, the leather is made available in craft kits to veterans to make wallets, clothing, belts and moccasins for personal use or to enter in arts and crafts shows. The program is totally funded by the Elks at no cost to veterans or the government. In fact, “Elks Leather” has become a national by-word among veteran patients everywhere.

The drive is part of a nationwide leather program that the Elks have been operating since 1948.

If you have any hides to donate please contact Tom Regan at 948-9127 or at

For more information visit the Elks Veterans Leather website at:

As of Dec. 1, the Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. The Colorado River District includes all watersheds of the Colorado River within western Colorado, except those that drain to the San Juan River.

Projects eligible for the grant program must achieve one or more of the following objectives: develop a new water supply; improve an existing system; improve instream water quality; increase water use efficiency; reduce sediment loading; implement a watershed management action; control tamarisk; or protect pre-1922 Colorado River Compact water rights. Each project will be ranked based upon its own merits in accordance with published ranking criteria.

Successful grantees can receive up to a maximum of $150,000 (or approximately 25 percent of the total project cost whichever is less; in the case of smaller projects, this percentage may be slightly higher) for their project. The total amount available for the 2012 competitive grant program is $250,000. The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.

To access the Water Resources Grant Program application, guidelines and policies, please visit For additional information please contact Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522; Colorado River District, 201 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 80601 or e-mail

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