The 74-year-old Munson had made a habit of feeding bears around her home and even erected a wire fence on her porch through which she would hand them food. Responding to neighbors' complaints, Department of Wildlife officers had reportedly visited the home dozens of times over the previous decade to investigate reported feeding, but officers were met with no cooperation. They were in the process of gathering evidence for a case against Munson when she was killed.
Munson, whose body was discovered by a visitor to the house, is thought to have been struck unconscious by a bear and then dragged out from under the fence and killed, after which a bear or bears consumed portions of her body.
According to Animal Planet, the stories told in Fatal Attractions are “cautionary tales of people who choose to live with wild, exotic animals despite the often deadly consequences… where real-life situations can seem like urban legends,” but the “stories are not as rare or far-fetched as we'd like to believe.”
“Don't Feed the Bears” will air several times starting this Friday, Oct. 22, at 9 and 11 p.m., EST. Subsequent broadcasts continue through Thursday, Oct. 28. More information and a trailer can be found at http://animal.discovery.com/tv/fatal-attractions/episode-guide.html.
Applications Available for 2011 Summer Youth Leadership Programs
TRI-COUNTY REGION – San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is now accepting applications for the 2011 National Rural Electric Youth Tour and the 2011 Colorado Electric Education Institute (CEEI) Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. These programs are open to all local high school juniors, ages 16 to 18 as of January 1, 2011, who live in a home that receives electricity from San Miguel Power.
The first place applicant will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., June 9-16, 2011, for the National Rural Electric Youth Tour. The week of activities begins in Denver where students from around the state will visit the state capitol and be introduced to the electric cooperative industry with a presentation from Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The students will then head to Washington D.C. with over 1,000 of their peers for a week of learning and exploring. They will visit the Arlington National Cemetery, stroll through the Smithsonian museums, tour historic monuments, meet elected officials, and learn about the role of electric cooperatives in today’s world. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is capped off with a dinner and dancing cruise on the Potomac River.
The second place applicant will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Glen Eden Resort in Clark, Colo., July 10 - 15, 2011. This week-long adventure brings together over 100 students from Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma for the CEEI Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. The primary objective of the camp is to teach students about the cooperative model and how it works. The students will be asked to form their own cooperative, electing board members and voting on issues. They will participate in a variety of activities designed to develop leadership skills, including communication and teamwork. There is also plenty of time set aside for campers to explore and enjoy the mountains of Northern Colorado and Steamboat Springs.
Interested students must complete an application form and a 500-word essay on the following topic: You are in charge of the energy efficiency program at your school. Describe ways you would recommend for your school to use electricity more efficiently. Applications are available online at www.smpa.com. Students can also pick up application forms from their high school guidance counselors.
Applications must be received by SMPA on or before December 10, 2010. Mail your application to: San Miguel Power Association, Attn: Becky Mashburn, PO Box 1150 Ridgway, CO 81432. Applications can also be dropped off in person at one of SMPA’s local offices: Nucla – 170 West 10th Avenue; Ridgway – 720 North Railroad Street. For more information visit www.smpa.com and look for youth tour and leadership camp information under the ‘Youth Opportunities’ main menu tab, or contact Becky at 970/626-5549 ext. 212, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ouray Elks Scholarships Available
Jim Pettengill, scholarship chairman at Ouray Elks Lodge 492, has announced that application forms for scholarships from the Elks National Foundation and for local Elks scholarships are now available.
“There are two principal kinds of national and state scholarships,” said Pettengill.
“Legacy Awards are available to children or grandchildren of active Elks, and Most Valuable Student Scholarships are available to anyone – you do not need to have an Elk in the family to apply for a MVS award. In addition, the MVS applications are used by the local lodge to award four scholarships to local students, so it’s very important for all local seniors to file MVS applications.”
Deadlines for these Elks scholarship applications have changed this year. MVS applications must be turned in to either the student’s school counselor or to Pettengill no later than Dec. 1; Legacy Award applications are sent directly to the Elks national office, and are due by Feb. 1, 2011.
“This year all application forms can be downloaded from the Elks national website at www.elks.org/enf“ said Pettengill. “Click on Scholarships and follow the instructions. Anyone needing information or assistance can contact their counselor or call me at 626-4239. The deadline is approaching rapidly, so students should start the process now. Helping our local students to further their education is one of the most important of our community assistance programs.”