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Wildlife meeting slated this week

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet Thursday and Friday to finalize 2014 big-game hunting regulations, give final consideration to the wildlife mitigation plan for the proposed expansion of Chatfield Reservoir and give final consideration to a ban on the use of “drones” for hunting or scouting.

The January meeting will be held at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s hunter education classroom at 6060 Broadway in Denver beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Other items on the January meeting agenda include a Thursday afternoon overview of hunting participation in Colorado.

On Friday morning, commissioners will vote on regulations that include a ban on the use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in hunting or scouting.

While drones are not commonly used currently, the increasing affordability of new flight and video technology has raised concerns about the possibility of drone use for hunting.

Commissioners will consider two dozen other regulatory changes to the 2014 big game regulations that range from establishing new hunts in some units to developing a non-resident big game and fishing combination license.

Friday morning also will include a presentation on designation of a portion of the Arkansas River as a “Gold Medal” fishing water.

Commissioners will also hear from a private individual who is petitioning to allow possession of kinkajous in Colorado.

The kinkajou is a rainforest mammal related to raccoons and ringtails and is currently prohibited in the state.

—Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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Sheriff’s Office seeks volunteer couriers service

For more than 14 years, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Couriers have provided daily delivery service to the Sheriff’s Office and related criminal justice agencies. 

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for its volunteer courier program.

Applicants are subject to criminal background and driving records investigation and must have the ability to comfortably walk one mile. 

Applications are available at the Sheriff’s Pueblo West Substation, 320 E. Joe Martinez Blvd., and Emergency Services Bureau, 320 10th St. B-1 (Judicial Building basement) in Pueblo. 

For more information, call Sherri Herrera at 583-6204 or John Parmenter at 647-0547.

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