Nature & Wildlife
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
2012 December/January
provide public oversight for state parks, wild-
life and outdoor recreation in Colorado. The
Commission meets monthly and travels to com-
munities around the state to facilitate public
participation in its processes. The Commission
will meet in Colorado Springs in December and
Denver in January. For more information on the
upcoming meeting schedule or how to listen to
live online broadcasts of meetings, please see
the Commission web page:
Cut Your Own Permits On Sale
Christmas tree permits, which allow you to
cut your own holiday tree on National Forest
and BLM lands, are now on sale at San Juan
Public Lands offices and selected retail outlets
in southwestern Colorado. A permit, which
costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet
tall for personal use. This year's permits expire
December 31. Permits come with a brochure ex-
plaining regulations and helpful tips. National
Forest/BLM offices also sell maps and offer free
advice on the best areas for tree harvesting,
and the best species of tree to cut. Offices in
Bayfield, Dolores, Durango and Pagosa Springs
will be open from 8a-4:30p, Mon-Fri through
the holidays. Permits are on sale at:
BAYFIELD: Columbine Ranger District, 367
Pearl St.
"Faith is to believe what you do not
CORTEZ: City Market, Cortez, 508 E. Main
PAGOSA SPRINGS: Pagosa Ranger District, 180
DOLORES: Dolores Public Lands Office, 29211
Pagosa St.
see; the reward of this faith is to see
Highway 184; Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad
National Forest and BLM roads are not plowed
what you believe."
Ave, Dolores (Note: Permits are not on sale at the
for snow removal, and even if backcountry
Anasazi Heritage Center.)
roads are not closed due to snow, dangerous ice
- Saint Augustine
DURANGO: San Juan Public Lands Center, 15 Bur-
conditions may exist. Call the San Juan Public
"A man of courage is also full of
nett Court; Kroeger's Ace Hardware, #8 Town Plaza
Lands Center at 970.247.4874 for up-to-date
faith." - Kahlil Gibran
MANCOS: Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Ave.
information on road conditions.
The Moon Dance
are not helpful. Focus on gratefulness.
balance. Meditation, thorough analysis,
Aquarius- Fun social opportunites abound
organization and cooperation turn possible
with love energy and/or possibility on the
problems into sure blessings.
rise. Over-reactions and exertions may arise;
Cancer- Professional opportunites for leader-
meditate and rest often. Professional coopera-
ship and advancement are strong. Efficient
Dec 6th
tive efforts advance; financials improve.
efforts have their way. Desire grows into a
Pisces- Professional advancement and/or
hunger, feeding courageous personal initia-
honor manifests. Much opportunity to shine.
tive. New love or renewed love probable.
Clarity and solutions at home solidify cour-
Leo- Romantic and adventurous energies
age and bring cheer. A focus on diplomacy
incite courage and creativity. Love and family
keeps it all wonderful.
predominate. Professional challenges will
Jan 4th
turn to your benefit with kindness and much
Night Time Delights
patience; counter any stress with a needed
The Solstice arrives on December 21 at 4:12a
focus on nutrition.
MST, 6:12a EST or 11:12 UT.
Virgo- Physical energy, optimism and morale
One of the best meteor showers of the year,
are strong. Creative and intellectual pursuits
the Geminids, has up to 60 meteors an hour
bring achievements and satisfaction. Un-
during the New Moon on December 13.
directed passion tries to rule the personal.
Activity is best after midnight but very much
Avoid risk situations and get exercise.
worth a look all evening.
Libra- Professional and social opportuni-
The Ursid meteors, peak on December 22.
ties arise; however discipline, a more orga-
nized schedule, with good eating habits, and
enough sleep will be needed to fully succeed.
Avoid excesses of any kind.
Scorpio- Your body will guide you, listen to
it. Intellectual persuasions and efficiencies
manifest professional and monetary suc-
cesses. Choose paths methodically. Strong
Aries- Professional achievements and finan-
love desire and energy rises. Communication
cial gains. New ideas, efforts and collabora-
tions begin to bear fruit. Communication and
Sagittarius- Clarity and understanding come
a focus on the positive at home serves you
to the personal, seeding happier energy.
well. Pay extra mind to the body's needs this
Needed information and communication in
month; drink extra water.
the professional manifests. Leadership and
Taurus- Intellectual, creative and spiritual
collaboration pay off. Resist counter-produc-
energies at the forefront; knowledge and
tive wasteful urges.
wisdom grows. Active social and financial
Capricorn- Desires to finish projects and to
activity tending to advance your goals; stay
prepare. Appreciate your achievements in
prudent to maximize rewards.
the face of dissatisfaction. Sensual desire also
Gemini- Passionate emotional energy rises;
continues; again, dissatisfaction or worries
patience, love and communication help keep