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C-Dale woman receives Climbing Magazine’s Golden Piton awardClimbing Magazine announced in its June issue that Carbondale’s Sean Patrick is the 2005 recipient of the Golden Piton Award in the service category.The honor recognizes Patrick for establishing the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation and the non-profit’s excellence in fund-raising for ovarian cancer research through a series of events around the United States, the Climb for Life. Patrick, 53, and her Carbondale-based foundation raised over $240,000 in less then three years, funding projects in ovarian cancer research and early detection at Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson Cancer Center. More then 90 percent of that money has gone directly to the cause, which includes a pilot program, the HERA Valley Cancer Support Fund, a partnership between HERA, the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation and Aspen Cancer Guides that provides financial assistance to adult cancer patients in the Roaring Fork Valley. “As a longtime resident of this valley and having dealt with ovarian cancer myself, it’s important to me to provide resources for my neighbors who are dealing with ovarian cancer,” says Patrick, who was given 4-6 weeks to live in 1997. “Being fit and healthy is a priority in the valley, and I want to see women enjoying a long, healthy and active cancer-free life.”Information: http://www.ovariancancer.jhmi.edu/climb.Glenwood Rec plans Teen Moab mountain bike trip The Glenwood Springs Recreation Department is offering the Teen Outdoor Club Moab Mountain Bike Adventure May 13-15. The focus of the trip will be terrain techniques on slick rock and other desert ground cover such as sand and streams for riders of all abilities. The trip is open to ages 12-17, participants must provide their own mountain bikes, and helmets are required. The fee is $72 ($90 nonresident) and includes food, fuel, camping fee and transportation. The trip leaves at 8 a.m. Friday and returns at 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: Glenwood Springs Community Center, 384-6301.DOW releases another moose as part of Moose on the Mesa programThe Colorado Division of Wildlife’s effort to establish a moose herd on western Colorado’s Grand Mesa continued Tuesday with the arrival of the first dispersal moose from Utah.The cow moose was captured north of Ogden by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on Tuesday morning. She was examined by a veterinarian in Price, Utah, and transferred to DOW personnel who had responded from Grand Junction.”The cow seemed to be in very good health,” said DOW district wildlife manager Lyle Sidener. “She was hesitant to come out of the trailer, but when she realized she wasn’t in any danger she jumped out and headed for a nearby willow stand.”As cow moose begin to chase off yearling moose in preparation for the arrival of new calves, more dispersal moose are expected to arrive from Utah. These moose typically come off the Wasatch Front in search of new territory and end up in areas where they are more likely to come into contact with people or vehicles.Biologists also continue checking on the cow and two bulls released on Jan. 18. The animals appear healthy and active. The moose have remained close to the original release site, which was selected because of its plentiful willow forage for the animals. Ladies Turkey Hunt Gives Some New Hunters a Field ExperienceIt was cold. It was snowy. It was windy. The sun wasn’t up yet. The ground was cold and hard. And for 14 women from western Colorado, it was the perfect place to spend a weekend morning.The Colorado Division of Wildlife, Williams Energy, and EnCana jointly sponsored a recent ladies spring turkey hunt. The hunt gave women who are new to hunting a chance to learn in a fun and pressure-free environment.”Most of the women who took part had participated in a previous DOW upland bird game hunt and were looking for something new and challenging,” said Stan Johnson, DOW regional education coordinator. “Participants have a great time and learn a lot about themselves and one another.”The women attended a Wednesday night dinner, training session, and target shoot. The training covered information on turkey biology and behavior, camouflage as a fashion statement, turkey calls, guns and ammunition, and stealth. Before the classroom session, the ladies got in some practice shooting time and received instructions for their Saturday or Sunday morning hunt. “This was a great experience,” said first-time turkey hunter Anita Martinez. “Even though I didn’t get a turkey, I had a great time and enjoyed the whole thing. I can’t wait to go again.”The base camp for the hunt was at Williams Energy’s Mann Camp, north of Parachute. Hunting parties were spread out across Williams and EnCana properties to make sure that the hunts didn’t conflict with one another or conflict with the hunters on neighboring properties.To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent.com or fax to 945-4487.To submit information, or a picture of your recent big catch, for the Outdoors page, e-mail outdoors@postindependent.com or fax to 945-4487.


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