Wildlife Commissioners San Luis Valley Public Meeting

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Colorado Wildlife Commissioners Olive Valdez and Brad Phelps will host an open meeting July 2 to hear public input on a number of wildlife issues. The meeting is from at 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. in the Colorado Room at the Alamosa Inn.

"This meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to talk about wildlife issues that concern them, and find out whether or not such issues can be addressed by the Colorado Wildlife Commission," Valdez said.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an eleven-member board appointed by the governor. The Commission sets Division of Wildlife regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, and nongame, threatened and endangered species. It is also responsible for making decisions about buying or leasing property for habitat and public access. The Commission also approves the Division of Wildlife's annual budget proposals and long-range plans.

Commission members are unpaid volunteers who represent five different districts in Colorado.

Olive Valdez represents District 2 in Southern Colorado. Her term expires on March 1, 2004. She is self-employed in livestock and gravel operations. She is president of the Farmer's Union local in Antonito, Colorado.

Brad Phelps is a fourth-generation rancher and works as a police officer for Crested Butte. He was appointed to a four-year term that expires on March 1, 2005. He represents District 2 livestock producers.