Colorado Commissioner Debate

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(TELLER COUNTY, Colo.) — In a letter addressed to all state senators, Teller County commissioners urged lawmakers to vote against the latest appointees to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission, expressing their concerns over the future of hunting and fishing in the state.

“Hunting and fishing is part of our heritage here in Teller County,” said Teller County Commissioner Erik Stone.

In the letter, the commissioners emphasized that they are particularly alarmed by what they perceive as an anti-hunting agenda among the appointees. They argue that the governor did not consult with hunting organizations before making these appointments, leading to a lack of representation for hunters and anglers in rural Colorado.

Stone emphasized their stance, stating, “We certainly do not wish to disparage the governor, but we do want to protect the heritage of the state of Colorado. The appointments that are being made, we don’t believe reflect Colorado.”

Governor Jared Polis appointed three new members to the CPW Commission, including Jess Beaulieu from Denver and Jack Murphy from Aurora, who represent outdoor recreation and parks utilization. Gary Skiba from Durango was appointed as a representative of sportspersons.

The call to action from Teller County joined other rural counties and hunting, fishing, and outdoor organizations that also issued letters to the State Senate, citing concerns about qualifications and potential biases.

In one letter from a coalition of wildlife organizations, they stated, “The underlying issue is not just the individual backgrounds of these nominees, which, while impressive in certain areas, lack the comprehensive experience necessary for appropriate management of parks, wildlife, and outdoor recreation. The nominees’ lack of broad recreational management experience, demonstrated objections towards holistic science-based wildlife management and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”

One appointee in particular, Gary Skiba, has drawn significant scrutiny from the Teller County Commissioners. Skiba’s appointment went against recommendations from outdoor and hunting organizations, raising doubts about his advocacy for hunters and anglers.

“If those hunting opportunities are reduced, then it’s going to have a significant negative economic impact on rural areas of the state or mountainous areas of the state,” Stone said.

While Skiba did not respond to FOX21, his biography on the CPW website says he worked as a wildlife biologist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife for more than 23 years with a focus on threatened and endangered species management.

The State Senate is slated to vote on these appointees this week. If approved, the terms of the CPW Commissioners expire on July 1, 2027.

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Given the large liberal majority in the State Assembly, I really doubt that they will even care about this complaint. What is happening is all part of their agenda. It's certainly not going to get any better. Seems like the more crazy they get, the more people that vote for them.
 

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Yep 5MB, it's a sad, increasingly Fd up state in a sad, increasingly Fd up world.
 
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[They argue that the governor did not consult with hunting organizations before making these appointments, leading to a lack of representation for hunters and anglers in rural Colorado.
The governors husband is an hardcore animal rights activist. It would’ve been more surprising if he didn’t pick anti-hunters.

Hunting and fishing don’t contribute enough economically, when compared to other forms of outdoor recreation, to force him otherwise
 
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The governors husband is an hardcore animal rights activist. It would’ve been more surprising if he didn’t pick anti-hunters.

Hunting and fishing don’t contribute enough economically, when compared to other forms of outdoor recreation, to force him otherwise

I'm not sure what the breakdown would be in Colorado, but what other forms of recreation are generating equivalent or more revenue to hunting and fishing?

Backpackers don't pay anything, except maybe a $20/25 trail pass fee with a fair share of complaining about it; ski resorts might be equal or more but unless I'm mistaken a lot (all?) of those are privately owned and definitely not contributing back to parks and wildlife.
 
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Someone on another website provided this list.
Call and email all of them and tell them not to confirm the two nominees!
Senate Contact List:



Jeff Bridges - Senate District 26 - 303-866-4846 - [email protected]


* Arapahoe County
*Unincorporated Cherry Creek

Cherry Hills Village
Englewood
* Four Square Mile Greenwood Village
Sheridan

* Arapahoe County
* Denver County
* Denver
* Jefferson County



Janet Buckner - Senate District 29 - 303-866-3432- [email protected]

Arapahoe County
* Aurora
* Arapahoe County



James Coleman - Senate District 33 - 303-866-4864 - [email protected]

* Denver County

* Denver



Lisa Cutter - Senate District 20 - 303-866-4859 - [email protected]

* Jefferson County
*Unincorporated
* Arvada
* Coal Creek
Dakota Ridge
Evergreen
* Fairmount
Genesee
Idledale
Indian Hills
Kittredge
* Lakewood
Morrison
* Superior
* West Pleasant View



Jessie Danielson - Senate District 22 - 303-866-4856 - [email protected]

* Jefferson County
*Unincorporated
Applewood
East Pleasant View
Edgewater
* Fairmount
Golden
Lakeside
* Lakewood
Mountain View
* West Pleasant View
Wheat Ridge



Tony Exum - Senate District 11 - 303-866-6364 - [email protected]

* El Paso County
*Unincorporated
* Cimarron Hills
* Colorado Springs
Stratmoor



Steve Fenberg - Senate District 18 - 303-866-4872- [email protected]

* Boulder County
*Unincorporated
Boulder
Gunbarrel
Louisville
Niwot
Paragon Estates
* Superior
Valmont



Rhonda Fields - Senate District 28 - 303-866-4879- [email protected]

* Adams County
*Unincorporated
* Aurora
Watkins
* Adams County
* Arapahoe County
*Unincorporated
Aetna Estates
* Aurora
Watkins



Joann Ginal - Senate District 14 - 303-866-4841 - [email protected]

* Larimer County
*Unincorporated
* Fort Collins



Julie Gonzales - Senate District 34 - 303-866-4862- [email protected]

* Denver County
* Denver



Chris Hansen - Senate District 31 - 303-866-4861 - [email protected]

* Denver County
* Denver



Nick Hinrichsen - Senate District 3 - 303-866-4878- [email protected]

Pueblo County
*Unincorporated
Avondale

Beulah Valley
Blende
Boone
Colorado City
Pueblo
Pueblo West
Rye
Salt Creek
Vineland



Sonya Jaquez Lewis - Senate District 17 - 303-866-5291 - [email protected]

* Boulder County
*Unincorporated
* Erie
Lafayette
Leyner
Longmont
* Boulder County
* Broomfield County
* Broomfield
* Broomfield County
* Weld County
*Unincorporated
Erie
Longmont
* Weld County



Chris Kolker - Senate District 16 - 303-866-4883 - [email protected]

* Arapahoe County
*Unincorporated
Bow Mar
* Centennial
Columbine
Columbine Valley
* Littleton
* Arapahoe County
* Jefferson County
*Unincorporated
Bow Mar
Columbine

Ken Caryl
* Littleton
* Jefferson County



Janice Marchman - Senate District 15 - 303-866-4853 - [email protected]

* Boulder County
*Unincorporated
Allenspark
Altona
Bark Ranch
Bonanza Mountain Estates
* Coal Creek
Crisman
Eldora
Eldorado Springs
Glendale
Gold Hill
Hidden Lake
Jamestown
Lazy Acres
Lyons
Mountain Meadows
Nederland
Pine Brook Hill
Seven Hills
St. Ann Highlands
Sugarloaf
Sunshine
Tall Timber
Ward
* Boulder County
* Larimer County
*Unincorporated
Estes Park
Laporte
Loveland
Red Feather Lakes
Wellington
* Larimer County



Dafna Michaelson Jenet - Senate District 21 - 303-866-4857 - [email protected]

* Adams County
*Unincorporated
Bennett
Berkley
Commerce City

Derby
North Washington
Sherrelwood
Strasburg
Twin Lakes
* Welby
* Westminster
* Adams County
* Arapahoe County
*Unincorporated
Bennett
Byers
Comanche Creek
Deer Trail
Peoria
Strasburg
* Arapahoe County



Kyle Mullica - Senate District 24 - 303-866-4451 - [email protected]

* Adams County
*Unincorporated
Federal Heights
* Thornton
* Todd Creek
* Welby
* Adams County



Kevin Priola - Senate District 13 - 303-866-4855 - [email protected]

* Adams County
*Unincorporated
Brighton
* Lochbuie
* Todd Creek
* Adams County
* Weld County
*Unincorporated
Aristocrat Ranchettes
Brighton
Evans
Fort Lupton
Garden City
Gilcrest
* Greeley
La Salle
Platteville
* Weld County



Robert Rodriguez - Senate District 32 - 303-866-4852 - [email protected]

* Arapahoe County
* Four Square Mile
Glendale
Holly Hills
* Arapahoe County
* Denver County
* Denver
* Denver County
* Jefferson County



Tom Sullivan - Senate District 27 - 303-866-4873 - [email protected]

* Arapahoe County
*Unincorporated
* Aurora
Brick Center
* Centennial
Dove Valley
Foxfield
Inverness
* Arapahoe County
* Douglas County
*Unincorporated
* Aurora
* Douglas County



Faith Winter - Senate District 25 - 303-866-4863 - [email protected]

* Adams County
*Unincorporated
* Northglenn
Shaw Heights
* Westminster
* Adams County
* Broomfield County
* Broomfield
* Broomfield County
* Weld County



Rachel Zenzinger - Senate District 19 - 303-866-4840 - [email protected]

* Adams County
* Arvada
* Adams County
* Jefferson County
*Unincorporated
Arvada
* Westminster
* Jefferson County
 
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Jimss

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I hope every resident hunter and angler in Colorado submits their comments in the below link. It only takes about 1 minute and goes directly to the senator in your area.

 

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Cheesenrice this is exactly what happened in Wa. As a result we lost spring bear and they have their sights on all predator hunting. Write those letters to not confirm their appointments.
 
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I wrote to my senator.

And hunting revenue brings in around $1.5 billion to colorado. 2nd only To skiing that brings in 2 billion.

But yea the governors soy boy wife is a huge anti hunter so that doesn’t help. But I hope if enough people raise some concern I hope the senate will shoot them down.
 
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Given the large liberal majority in the State Assembly, I really doubt that they will even care about this complaint. What is happening is all part of their agenda. It's certainly not going to get any better. Seems like the more crazy they get, the more people that vote for them.
I’m pretty much fed up as well but there is no way I can give up. I’ll fight to the end. They will not just step on me but they can fight me and it seems we are finally standing up a bit.
 
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This is not a lost cause. Various folks with insight at the capital say it is very realistic that at least one maybe two commissioners do not get confirmed by the Senate. Could be a 1-2 vote margin. The unfavorable recommendation from the Ag and Natural Resources committee gives some Dem Senators a bit of top cover to vote no. Keep emailing and calling. Hunters have moved the needle significantly on this issue.
 
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