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It was a sad day last weekend at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale as the elk calf we had been pulling for had to be mercifully put down by a DOW officer.

From our balcony 25 feet away, our family became so attached to this precious little guy struggling for survival after being abandoned by his mom. Elvin had a hurt leg, probably hit by a car according to an outfitter friend. At times she seemed to be getting stronger, and we think she may have even tried to rejoin the herd about a week ago, but just could not keep up. She was to be taken to the Schneegas Wildlife Rehabilitation in Silt, but only if the DOW assessment would give the OK she was not too far-gone.

The agent spoke to her so tenderly and with utmost respect asking, “Do you have any fight left in you, little guy? Come on, show me something,” as he encouraged her to stand.



Bless her heart, she couldn’t get up, weakened by the hard, cold winter, lack of food and the injury.

I remarked to the officer that he must really dislike this part of his job.



“Yes. I joined DOW to save them, not to kill them,” was his reply, but he remarked, “It is far worse, though, when I have to put down a perfectly healthy animal because of something a person may have done.”

We wanted so badly to be able to save just this little one, especially after counting 13 elk recently slaughtered in the median on I-70 just past the Glenwood Canyon last Friday.

Just so you know, the Colorado State Patrol has asked for a doubling and tripling of fines for traffic infractions this legislative session, an effort to decrease accidents, which includes wildlife collisions.

Please contact your representative and let him know you support this measure. We all need to slow down this time of year. If you are not driving 10 mph below the posted speed limit between sunset and sunrise, you are part of the problem and not the solution.

J. Frost Merriott

Carbondale

I recently submitted a comment to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission regarding the ongoing rule-making process. In my comment, concerns about the rule making process were highlighted.

The COGCC website has a tab for viewing comments and letters. I didn’t see a single of the 1,000-plus handwritten post card letters that those of us who work in the industry took the time to write.

This is an issue about fairness and transparency. Either the COGCC should post all the comments, or none. If the agency doesn’t have the resources to post my comment on the web, then what business do they have writing a rule that will affect my company, the economy and the jobs of thousands of people?

Steve Goodknight

Grand Junction

I was disappointed to read in the Feb. 17 article entitled, “Oil shale debate continues in Glenwood Springs,” that a prominent environmentalist, Clare Bastable, from the Colorado Mountain Club, failed to recognize the purpose of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for oil shale and tar sand resources.

For the record, a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) identifies lands to be leased for potential oil shale and tar sands development. A PEIS is not used to make leasing decisions, something the author Phillip Yates stressed. Leasing decisions come later in the process, and are subject to environmental review and include numerous opportunities for public comment.

Jason O. Sinclair

Grand Junction

Addressed: To the person who took our dog last week:

I know you didn’t take her because you love dogs, or you wouldn’t have left one of our other dogs bruised and bloody for trying to protect her friend. If you wanted her for puppies, she’s been spayed since she was six months old. As for hunting rabbits, my husband took her with him because he loves her and she has so much fun chasing them, not because she was any help. She has a bad back, if you handle her wrong she will be paralyzed.

Please just bring her home. Drop her off on our road, she will come home and no one will ever know who you are.

Linda and Harold Smith

Silt


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