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Two public scoping meetings for an interagency fire management planning effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy will take place on March 24th from 5 to 8pm at Trinidad State Junior College's Valley Campus Student Center in Alamosa, and on March 25th from 5 to 8pm at the Baca Grande Fire Department near Crestone. The plan will establish direction for fire-related operations at the great sand dunes national monument and preserve, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge and the Medano-Zapata Ranch. The 30-day public comment period on the proposed fire management plan began yesterday and continues through April 13th.
The annual health fair in Walsenburg will be held this Saturday at the John Mall High School gym from 8am until noon. There will be many exhibits including those dealing with blood pressure, exercise, nutrition, body mass index, massage, alternative medicine, wellness, bone density, hearing screening, and more. This year's fair will also include special exhibits and information for children. Healthy snacks will also be available. This year's fair is sponsored by the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and by KSPK, and is also supported by a grant from caring for Colorado and the Colorado Rural Health Center.
The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council is soliciting donations so that it can continue its environmental work. The council works with public land agencies and San Luis Valley nonprofit organizations and work groups and provides public policy recommendations for the Rio Grande Headwaters and San Luis Valley Basin to the New Mexico state line. The council recently inventoried almost 500,000 acres of the Rio Grande National Forest, and the information gathered will be used to help forest managers with travel management planning and to highlight areas that connect wildlife corridors. Membership is $25 for seniors and students and is $100 for friends of the council. For more information, call 589-1518.
The deadline for ordering seedling trees has been extended until April 9th. Delivery time for the trees has also been set back until April 22nd. There are a number of species already sold out, but there are still about 20 species of trees, shrubs and evergreen trees still available. Contact C.K. Morey at the La Veta office for questions and to determine which species are still available before ordering. Landowners with two or more acres are eligible for the program. For more information, call 742-3588.
Reservations are being accepted for the annual Colorado Potato Administrative Committee banquet to be held at 6:30pm on March 26th at the Clarion Hotel of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. Reservations, along with a $10-per-plate deposit, should be mailed to the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee at P.O. Box 348, Monte Vista, 81144, before March 26th. Call 852-3322 for more information.
A $100,000 winning Powerball ticket was sold in Colorado for last Saturday night's Powerball drawing, and one ticket sold in Indiana matched all six numbers drawn in Saturday's drawing to win the $89 million jackpot. The winning numbers were 11-44-45-48 & 50, Powerball of 2 and power play of 3. Tickets that match the first 5 numbers but not the Powerball number win $100,000, and five of those were sold, including the one in Colorado. The prize goes to an estimated $10 million for tomorrow's drawing. And, no one matched all six numbers to win Saturday's Colorado Lottery jackpot. The jackpot for tomorrow's drawing now goes to an estimated $2 million.