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The Colorado Wildlife Commission unanimously passed several modifications, including some closures and catch-and-release provisions to the 5-year fishing regulations passed in 2005. Affected waters include: The Blue River, the Gunnison River, Joe Wright Creek and Reservoir, the Pikes Peak North Slope Reservoirs, the Poudre River, the San Juan River, the Swan River, Johnstown Reservoir and Saint Vrain State Park. Details of the changes can be viewed online at http://www.wildlife.state.co.us; go to Wildlife Commission, March 8 Meeting Denver, Chapter 1 Fishing.Two citizen petitions to prohibit the use of scopes and battery powered or electronic devices during archery season and mandatory bow hunter education will be discussed again at the October Commission workshop.Regulations requiring mountain lion hunters to complete a new online lion education and identification course will move forward to a final action at the May commission meeting in Grand Junction. For the complete meeting agenda and to view regulatory proposals, please visit: http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommissionThe Colorado Wildlife Commission is an 11-member board appointed by the governor. The commission sets DOW regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife and non-game and threatened and endangered species. The commission also oversees DOW land purchases and property regulations.

CARBONDALE – Two Carbondale teenagers were arrested Friday during eighth-grade orientation at the Roaring Fork High School for brandishing fake guns and shooting another kid with a pellet, according to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling.Schilling said the weapons are known as “Airsoft Guns” and shoot pellets, but look like real guns. He said the guns are not restricted for purchase.Schilling said if someone thinks the weapon is real then it is treated as a real weapon. He compared it to someone robbing a bank with a squirt gun; they would still be charged with using a deadly weapon if witnesses believed it to be a real gun, he said.The 13-year-old boy who shot another student was charged with unlawful possession of a deadly weapon at an educational facility. The victim was not hurt, according to Schilling.Another 14-year-old boy was arrested for possession of a handgun by a juvenile. The two boys were issued citations and will have to appear in Garfield County District Court.

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