Western Slope News Briefs
DENVER (AP) – Federal jurors have convicted a western Colorado big game hunting outfitter accused of baiting deer and elk with salt.Seventy-two-year-old Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, of Meeker, was convicted Thursday of six counts of violating the Lacey Act, which governs the interstate sale of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.An indictment alleged Rodebaugh’s business, D&S Guide and Outfitter, had out-of-state clients who would shoot elk and deer in the White River National Forest near where he had placed hundreds of pounds of salt in the spring and summer. Using bait to take big game is illegal in Colorado. Rodebaugh could face prison time and a fine at a sentencing hearing set for Jan. 7.
DURANGO (AP) – President Barack Obama is creating a national monument at a dramatic rock formation in southwestern Colorado on a site that was home to the ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians 1,000 years ago.Obama is expected to sign a proclamation Friday to preserve nearly 5,000 acres of high desert at Chimney Rock, which holds spiritual significance for some tribes. The move has bipartisan support and comes as Obama is locked in a tight race with Mitt Romney in the swing state.Sen. Michael Bennet, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are among those planning to attend a celebration at Chimney Rock on Friday.To mark the occasion, the Pagosa Brewing Company will also release a commemorative beer using ingredients that were used by the Ancestral Puebloans.
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