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Check all fluid levels, add grease to fittings.
If your snowmobile still has fuel in the tank
from last year, start the machine and let it run
out. It¡¯s always best to start the season with
fresh fuel.
Start the machine and listen to the engine to
make sure it sounds normal.
Inspect all belts, cables and the track.
Make sure the throttle and braking mecha-
nisms are working freely and not sticking.
Check all lights.
If you are in doubt about anything, take your
snowmobile to a mechanic.
Snowmobilers should check on snow conditions
Nature & Wildlife
2017 December/January
Pg 11- The Sunshine Express
* Dec 3 - Full Moon, Supermoon, known by
early Native American tribes as the Full Cold
Moon because this is the time of year when the
cold winter air settles in, also known as the Full
Long Nights Moon and the Moon Before Yule.
* Dec 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower, the
king of the meteor showers, up to 120 multicol-
ored meteors/hr at its peak, runs annually Dec
7-17, peaks the night of the 13th and morning
of the 14th, waning crescent moon will be no
match as skies should still be dark enough for
an excellent show, best viewing from a dark
location after midnight.
* Dec 21 - December Solstice, occurs at
16:28 UTC, the first day of winter (winter sol-
stice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first
day of summer (summer solstice) in the South-
ern Hemisphere.
* Dec 21, 22 - Ursids Meteor Shower, minor
meteor shower, about 5-10 meteors/hr, runs
annually Dec 17-25, peaks the night of the 21st
and morning of the 22nd, crescent moon sets
early in the evening leaving dark skies for opti-
mal observing, best viewing after midnight from
a dark location far away from city lights.
* Jan 2 - Full Moon, Supermoon, known by
early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf
Moon because this was the time of year when
hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps,
also known as the Old Moon and the Moon After
Yule, the first of two supermoons in 2018.
* Jan 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower,
above average shower, up to 40 meteors/hr at
its peak, runs annually Jan 1-5, peaks the night
of the 3rd and morning of the 4th, nearly full
moon will block out all but brightest meteors,
best view from a dark location after midnight.
* Jan 31 - Full Moon, Supermoon, Blue
Moon, since this is the second full moon in the
same month it is referred to as a blue moon.
* Jan 31 - Total Lunar Eclipse, Moon gradu-
ally gets darker then turns rusty or blood red
color, visible in most of western North America,
eastern Asia, Australia and the Pacific Ocean.
Dec
3rd
10th
17th
26th
Visible planets:
[ Dec ][ Jan ]
Mercury -
[
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][ dawn ]
Venus
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Mars
-
[ morn ][ morn ]
Jupiter
-
[ morn ][ morn ]
Saturn
-
[
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][ dawn ]
Colorado Parks & Wildlife Says:
Get ready for snowmobile season
Snowmobile season is almost here so it is time
to register your snowmobile and make a safety
check.
As the snow starts to accumulate in the moun-
tains, snowmobilers are reminded to prepare their
machines and safety equipment for winter, and to
get their annual registration.
¡°Snowmobiling is great fun, but breaking down far
from the parking lot can be dangerous,¡± said Josh
Stoudt, trails coordinator for Colorado Parks and
Wildlife in Durango.
Here are some tips to ensure safe snowmobile
outings:
Check all your snowmobile clothing and make
sure it will keep you warm and dry ¨C hats, gloves,
jackets, pants, overalls, boots, etc.
Check to make sure all of your safety equipment
is in good shape: helmet, goggles, flashlights, tool
box, towing straps and spare parts.
Be sure to check avalanche gear; test your
beacons and make sure probe poles are working
properly.
Jan
1st/31st
8th
16th
24th
Night Time Delights
That Is So Funny!
with the Colorado Avalanche Information
Center every time they go out at:
avalanche.state.co.us
Remember that all snowmobiles must be
registered annually with Colorado Parks and
Wildlife. Go to cpw.state.co.us and under the
¡°Things to do¡± tab click on ¡°snowmobiling¡±
for information.
If you are considering selling your snow-
mobile, also go to this link to learn what¡¯s
needed to show ¡°proof of ownership.¡±
The Moon Dance
SUNSHINEEXPRESSMEDIA.COM
& WESTERNSLOPENEWS.COM
visit us online at:
THE Christmas
gift for golf lovers
Snowmobilers Prepare
The Wednesday night church service coin-
cided with the last day of hunting season.
The pastor asked the congregation who all
had bagged a deer?
Not one person raised a hand.
Puzzled, the pastor said, ¡°I don¡¯t get it, last
Sunday many of you missed service because
of hunting season and I had the whole con-
gregation pray for your deer.¡±
One of the hunters in the congregation
groaned loudly at this and said with disdain,
¡°Well, it worked. They¡¯re all safe.¡±