Public Service Announcements Jan. 18, 2018

Scholarships available for journalism students

DENVER — The Colorado Press Association, in cooperation with The Denver Foundation, is now accepting applications for scholarships from Colorado high school and college students pursuing a career in print journalism. CPA is awarding a total of three scholarships worth $1,500-$2,500 each. For more information, eligibility requirements and to apply:

High School: https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/371

College: https://denverfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/388

New this year is a requirement that scholarship applicants plan to use their degrees in Colorado print journalism, either in newspapers or online.

“We want to encourage people we are going into the newspaper-media business,” said Jerry Raehal, CPA CEO and graduate of Northern Colorado University. “It is important that we have the best and brightest in the field, not just for our industry, but also democracy depends on dedicated people getting into journalism.”

Last year’s scholarship winners are University of Denver students Lisette Zamora-Galarza and Grace Carson, and University of Colorado-Boulder students Emily McPeak and Anna Blanco.

Since 2011, CPA has provided $92,500 in scholarships and an additional $37,600 in educational grants for professional development of journalists. In the last 15 years, CPA has provided three-to-nine scholarships annually.

Applications must be received by February 28, 2018. For more information, visit http://coloradopressassociation.com/foundation/about.

 

Bar NI Ranch Community Service grant opportunities

PURGATORY BASIN — The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund is accepting grant proposals from both previous as well as new applicants. Grants may be awarded in the areas of education, youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services and civic or public benefit. Grant awards will be made to 501c3, non-profit organizations in the Purgatory Valley with projects that serve to inspire awareness, expand horizons, create independence, and foster personal growth. We strongly encourage projects focusing on youth and environmental education. We look for projects exploring creative ways to ignite the spirit, facilitate dreams and address root causes of problems rather than just treat affected conditions. Creative collaboration is strongly encouraged. For a proposal packet, please contact Tom Perry at tomandlindaperry@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, March 30, 2018. Organizations will be eligible to receive only one grant per calendar year.

Established in 2004 by the Cabot Family and the Bar NI Ranch, the Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund (BNI CSF) makes grant awards in the Purgatoire Valley area to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations or organizations partnering with a 501(c)(3) organizations in education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and civic and public benefit. The BNI CSF Local Advisory Committee recommends grant awards to the fund trustees in areas that represent the most fitting community needs and best match the focus of our mission statement. Grants to programs sponsored by religious organizations may be funded if the program or activity is clearly distinguished from religious activities and if the program or activity is available to all denominations.

The Bar NI Ranch Community Service Fund will primarily consider grant applications for support of specific programs and activities. Grant applications for capital campaigns and for general support are sometimes, but not usually, recommended. Grant awards generally range from $1000 to $5000 for a one year period.

 

CPW Commission approves seasonal restrictions on shed antler and horn collection

DENVER — On Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to approve the creation of a seasonal closure on shed antler and horn collection on all public lands west of I-25 from January 1 through April 30 annually. The decision will take effect on these public lands beginning March 1, 2018. Additionally, in order to maintain protection for the Gunnison sage-grouse, the new regulations include a closure to collection of shed antlers on public lands May 1 to May 15 from sunset to 10 a.m. in the Gunnison basin (Game Management Units 54, 55, 66, 67, 551).

CPW staff have been examining the issue for months. The purpose of this request was to reduce the recreational impacts from shed hunting on wintering big game animals during the time of year when deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose are most vulnerable to stress. The result of this stress can be decreased body condition, increased mortality, and decreased fawn/calf survival.

During the discussion on whether to approve just the seasonal collection closure, or a closure with a fee-based permit, Commissioner Alexander Zipp said, “I’d like to start with just a time restriction, without the fees. This is not a money-making decision. This is a wildlife regulation matter.”

Winter can be extremely difficult on wildlife as body weight is down and access to food is very limited. The survival of wildlife relies heavily on keeping as many calories as possible until the green shoots pop up, heralding spring’s return.

Complete background information on this agenda item can be found on the CPW website.

 

Colorado is home to first U.S.-bred certified hemp seed

BROOMFIELD, CO — In the race to develop a successful, viable hemp industry, Colorado is now home to the first U.S.-bred hemp seed to qualify as Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) certified seed. “This is an exciting time for the industrial hemp industry. It seems breeding, technology, and information advances are happening at the speed of light; this is a giant step for American hemp farmers,” said Duane Sinning, CDA’s Division of Plant Industry Assistant Director.