Hotchkiss Elks Lodge #1807 held its annual "Hoop Shoot" free throw contest on Jan. 17, at Hotchkiss High School. The Hoop Shoot program is the largest and most visible of the many youth activities sponsored by Elks lodges.
This year's lodge winners are:
Girls 8-9: 1st - Brook Harding; 2nd - Maddie Brezonick.
Boys 8-9: 1st - Hunter Moreno; 2nd - Peyton Gibson.
Girls 10-11: 1st - Kacie McCollum; 2nd - Addison Neal.
Boys 10-11: 1st - Ace Connolly; 2nd - Isaiah Moreno.
Girls 12-13: 1st - Paige Roberts; 2nd - Princessa Mora.
Boys 12-13: 1st - Kenny Drbohlav; 2nd - Oliver Mendoza.
First-place winners advance to the District Hoop Shoot on Jan. 31, at Fort Lewis College in Durango.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.