Wolf Creek Ski Area will reopen Saturday and Sunday with skiing and riding from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Nova, Bonanza and Treasure chairlifts will be operating.
The Alberta lift will be open if conditions allow.
Lift tickets will be $31 for adults and $18 for seniors and children.
The ski school and rental shop will be open along with the upper lodge. The cafeteria will offer a limited menu.
There will be a rail jam at 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration opens at noon at the lodge. Registration fee for the rail jam is $30, which includes a Nova-only lift ticket.
Proceeds from the jam will go to the skateboard park in Pagosa Springs.
A river-safety awareness program for elementary school groups and organizations is being offered by Mild to Wild Rafting.
The presentations on river safety are 20 minutes in length. They cover the dangers of river currents, hypothermia, diving into unclear waters, jumping off bridges, etc.
The presentations are free.For more information, contact Mild to Wild at www.Mild2WildRafting.com.
Seniors Outdoors! announces the following activities:
On Sunday there will be a moderate bike ride at the Mocking Bird Mesa. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Santa Rita Park. Trip leader is Harry Hance: 533-9757 or [email protected].
On Tuesday, there will be a moderate hike to the Tacoma Power Plant. Meet at 9 a.m. at Animas City Park.
There also will be a tour of this 100-year-old plant that uses water from Cascade Creek to generate power. RSVP to Clark Lagow at 259-9337 or [email protected] rmi.net.
The Wednesday Wanderers will make a moderate hike to the top of Animas City Mountain, starting at 8:30 a.m. from the Durango Community Recreation Center. Trip leader is Ray Walker. No RSVP needed.
On Thursday, there will be a moderate hike from Sale Barn to Horse Gulch. Meet at 9 a.m. at Santa Rita Park. RSVP to Betsy Petersen at 259-5417 or [email protected].
Volunteers are needed for the national canoe and kayak races scheduled for Durango on May 15-17.
The U.S. National Whitewater Slalom qualifying races will be held on the Animas River. Olympians from the 2008 Beijing Games will compete along with members of the local Durango Whitewater race team.
Volunteers should contact Angela Lokken at 749-2256 or [email protected].
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Allowing youngsters as young as 12 to hunt with an adult and offering a supervised chance to hunt without sitting through a safety course should help interest more people in going afield, legislators say.
"We are now not going to be the most restrictive state in the Union when it comes to youth hunting," said Rep. Todd Porter, R-Mandan. "This bill is a huge recruitment tool."
The legislation incorporates some key suggestions from an outside study into how to increase the number of North Dakota hunters, Porter said.
Representatives voted 78-14 to give final legislative approval to the hunting measure. It now goes to Gov. John Hoeven's desk.
The bill says would-be hunters at least 16 years old may take a hunter safety education course online. The instruction is required to get a hunting license.
It also allows 12- and 13-year-olds to hunt antlerless whitetail deer during North Dakota's youth hunting season if they are accompanied by an adult hunter who does not carry a gun. Under existing law, the minimum age is 14.
The bill provides an "apprentice hunter" license for aspiring sportsmen who are born in 1962 or later, and are at least 16 years old.
An apprentice will be allowed one chance to hunt small game and deer without taking a hunter safety education course. The apprentice may hunt only under the supervision of an experienced hunter who has the safety training.
In other states, the apprentice option "has been a huge bonus to bring people who have either never been exposed to hunting, or have never taken the hunter ed program, into the sport," Porter said.
Virgin River closed after kayak accidents
ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) - The north fork of the Virgin River has been closed to whitewater boating after four kayaking parties were rescued over the weekend in the Zion Narrows.
Zion National Park officials say four or five boating groups with backcountry permits and plans for one-day trips spent one or more nights in the Narrows because of high water over the weekend.
Two of the parties lost boats and needed help out of the canyon and one kayaker was washed under a log jam but escaped the kayak, which was lost downstream. The man spent two nights in the Narrows before being rescued by another boating group.
Two other kayakers who tried to climb out of the Narrows were rescued by a helicopter.
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Four of New Mexico's wildlife refuges and two national hatcheries will share in federal stimulus money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The agency made the announcement Monday, saying the money will go toward habitat restoration, energy efficiency and other construction
Bitter Lake, Bosque del Apache, Sevilleta and Las Vegas national wildlife refuges will receive part of the $3.9 million headed to New Mexico. The Dexter National Fish Hatchery and a hatchery in Mora also will receive funding.
In all, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Southwest region will receive $29.9 million.
The agency says all of the projects that will be funded through the stimulus package represent long-standing priorities in the agency's capital planning process.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Floating down the river on a raft under the influence of intoxicants turns out to be a violation of state boating laws in Oregon.
The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled this week that a raft is covered by the laws regulating boating in the state.
Peter Lambert had challenged his conviction for boating under the influence of intoxicants by arguing his raft was not a boat within the meaning of the statute.
And even if it was considered a boat, he argued there was not enough evidence to show that he operated it, or was in actual physical control of it, as required by the law. But the court rejected those arguments, ruling the raft fit the definition of a boat and Lambert was using it for transportation.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California wildlife officials have rejected a proposal to expand bear hunting in the state.
Last week's vote by the California Fish and Game Commission temporarily blocked a state plan that eliminated a cap on how many black bears can be legally killed each year. The cap is set at 1,700 statewide.
The proposal by the state Department of Fish and Game also would have expanded bear hunting to San Luis Obispo County.
State officials had argued the annual bear cap is rarely reached, and that bears are monitored in each area to ensure healthy populations.