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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO, Colorado

BASALT – Openings are still available for youth and inexperienced adult hunters for a pheasant hunt Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Lake Christine Unit of the Basalt State Wildlife Area.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency is organizing the event as part of its hunter outreach Program. To encourage participation, the agency is easing requirements on hunter education and small-game licenses. Wildlife officers will work with the new hunters on safety issues.

Youth must be between ages 11 and 17, and a parent or legal guardian must accompany them during the hunt. Any adult hunters who participate must be inexperienced because the program is designed to attract new people to hunting.

Reservations require a $20 deposit and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis via telephone calls to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Glenwood Springs at 970-947-2920.

CARBONDALE – A grassroots organization trying to limit oil and gas exploration in the Thompson Divide area west and southwest of Carbondale is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday to update members on numerous issues.

The meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall.

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“This is an important informational meeting about clear water and air for Carbondale, what oil and gas development means in the Thompson Divide area, and what you can do to help,” says a notice for the meeting. Organizers will discuss a SG Interests “unitization proposal,” which would group leases together into a unit with a long-term development plan.

Critics claim the move is designed to avoid expiration of leases. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management said unitization can provide an orderly development plan.

The town hall meeting will also be used to present results of a year-long water quality study. The meeting will include a question-and-answer session and an outline of next steps.

Thompson Divide Coalition organizers hope to meet this month with Rep. Scott Tipton, who represents the 3rd U.S. Congressional District, which includes Garfield and Pitkin counties. The coalition wants his aid on legislation solutions to limiting exploration in that area.

Thompson Divide Coalition wants to protect 221,490 acres of federal land in Pitkin, Gunnison, Garfield, Delta and Mesa counties. The largest share of land, 88,100 acres, is in western Pitkin County.

There are 81 gas leases in the area, covering about 105,000 acres. The coalition wants to prevent future leasing in the area and explore ways to retire existing leases. (From the Post Independent)

ASPEN – The Aspen Historical Society will host a scavenger hunt-style bike tour Wednesday that hopes to provide a different look into Aspen’s history.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., competitors armed with smart phones will ride around town in search of Aspen’s historical artifacts. Participants will shoot photographs, using their devices and check in at locations with Facebook Places.

Participants are encouraged to have their own bike; otherwise renting is a good option.

The tour starts at the Wheeler Stallard House (the society’s museum and offices) and will finish at the Holton/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum, where drinks and appetizers will be served.

Participants are encouraged to show up early to the museum at 620 W. Bleeker St. to gain an advantage by cramming in some Aspen history before the event. Participants can register online with partners of historical society, the Aspen Young Professionals Association, at http://www.aspenypa.org. Members participate for free; otherwise it’s $10.

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