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Colorado Springs Woodmen Edition (Newspaper) - December 16, 2005, Colorado Springs, Colorado Prtrt std us postage paid Colo. Springs co permit no. 291 your Hometown newspaper email 850 an local history department Penrose Public Library Box 2333 Colo. Springs co 8030 or Iofi. Editions will be closed the week of dec. 26-31 and will not publish a paper for that Friday Majestic ram Dies of natural causes this Majestic Bighorn sheep ram might be one of the largest Ever recorded. The ram died of natural causes and its horns will be measured in february after they have dried. Photo Courtesy Colorado division of wildlife by Michael Seraphim division of wildlife a world class Bighorn sheep ram that lived along the Arkansas River was found dead in late november. Over the past few years the ram was spotted in a Small Herd of sheep that lived on private property West of Pueblo Reservoir. Colorado division of wildlife biologists estimate the ram was Between 12 and 13 years old and was driven from the Herd by younger males. At that Point he travelled North onto property owned by fort Carson where it died of old age. A necropsy indicated heart and lung problems along with arthritis and a Chest infection. A this old Guy is one for the record books a said Allen Vitt a terrestrial biologist from Pueblo. A based on the initial measurements the ram will score among the largest in the the current Boone amp Crocket world record ram is 208 and three eighths. Scoring is done by taking a series of standardized measurements. Boone amp Crocket requires that horns dry for at least 60 Days before measuring so a final score will not be calculated until february. One thing that might prevent this sheep from becoming a new world record is that fact that one of its horns was broken off at the tip. A Bro Omingo is the name for the Chipping and fraying of the horns. It is usually caused by fighting. Regardless of the final score the ram was one of the most Majestic Bighorn sheep recorded in Colorado. One of the reasons this rams horns grew to such massive proportions is because he lived a Long time in relative seclusion. There is no Public Access to the portion of the Arkansas River where it lived. The Rocky Cliffs adjacent to the River provided ample Protection from predators and there was Good Access to forage and water. Fort Carson military and wildlife officials discovered the ram on the Southern end of their property in late August and kept a close Eye on it to ensure its safety. The ram was showing signs of old age including decreased muscle mass fatigue and had become seemingly unafraid of humans. A we were very fortunate that personnel at fort Carson found the ram a said Shaun Deeney an area wildlife manager from Colorado Springs. A due to their vigilance we will be Able to preserve this Majestic animal for future the Dow plans to have the ram mounted to use in an educational display. A your records indicate that Bighorn sheep were first documented along the Arkansas River Between Pueblo and Canon City in the Early 1990�?Ts, said Bob Davies a senior biologist with the Dow. A we believe the sheep migrated into the rugged Cliffs along the River after transplant operations along Flar scrabble Creek in 1988�?� Bighorn sheep Are the official state mammal in Colorado. They Are an extremely popular animal both for Hunting and for wildlife viewing. Many areas of the state have developed wildlife viewing areas continued on Page 24in search of the real Santa Claus Santa Claus listens attentively As five year old Devin pars Aye whispers a special Christmas wish. A Kinde Gartner at Longfellow elementary Devin visited Santa while at Chapel Hills mall last sunday with parents Sasha and Angel pars Aye of Colorado Springs. By Patricia Harvey Many people assume that just anyone can put on a red and White suit and imitate Santa Claus but its not so. Ask any child. A True Santa Claus must be convinced of his own reality. He must also understand a child a heart. The balding White haired gentleman receiving visitors at Chapel Hills mall last sunday was such a believer. All the children knew exactly who he was but few adults realized the significance of their encounter this Man was Santa Claus. Wearing red trousers with suspenders and shirt which is exactly How Santa dresses for work his eyes twinkled with merriment As he delighted in each child. When quizzed on his background Santa took no offence. A a in a a Bishop from fourth Century Asia minor a he replied with the Demeanour of one for whom time is never of the essence. Five year old Devin pars Aye stood in line with his parents Angel and Sasha pars Aye waiting to Tell Santa a a in be been a Good boy and in be Learned my climbing onto Santa a correction Lap Devin a expression was solemn. In the excitement of the moment the Longfellow elementary Kinde Gartner May have forgotten his lines. No matter Santa knew exactly what was in Devin a heart. Children understand what the old Man is All about. Its the adult world that gives him a bum rap. Over the years Santa somehow got swept up in americans material advancement and now through no fault of his own he a become synonymous with unbridled spending. Despite his charitable disposition Good old Saint Nick is frequently labelled the Antithesis All things spiritual. Upon examining his Pedigree however its evident that the toy toting Elf is definitely More Saint than sinner. According to a history entitled a Santa Claus and the gift givers that appeared in the whole Christmas Ca Talog a 1988 edition the Saga began with a certain Bishop of Myra who lived in fourth Century Asia minor. He was a kind Man As the legend goes who freely gave All he had to the poor. Claims exist that he even performed miracles. Continued on Page 18 in last weeks Story about Amy Stephens running for House District 20 in next years election we misspelled her name and her son Nicholas. We apologize for the error

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