Light in the Dark: Orphaned Bear Cub Rescued from Colorado Wildfires

If you live in Colorado, you’re likely aware of the wildfires currently blazing across the western and southern part of the state. Thousands of homes have been evacuated in recent weeks as the fires continue to spread. But this website is “Colorado for Good,” right? Our news tool only covers encouraging or inspiring news. Despite the destruction caused by these fires, there has been a glimmer of hope and something of a feelgood story for local wildlife. The Denver Post tells the story of an orphaned bear cub rescued from the flames.

Firefighters were working on a massive fire just north of Durango, which burned 47,000 acres of national forest. They spotted a small bear cub wandering alone through a burned-out area of the forest, but there was no sign of her mother. The firefighters quickly observed that the cub’s feet were severely burned. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff quickly began treating the animal, who was estimated to be four or five months old, at their Frisco Creek wildlife facility near Del Norte.

The manager of the Frisco Creek facility was unsure if the baby bear was going to make it. The firefighters were also skeptical of the bear’s chances, speculating that it likely hadn’t eaten in several days. How the cub became separated from its mother is unknown, but wildlife professionals speculate she placed the baby in a safe place but was unable to return. Local staff do not know if the mother is still alive.

There is a slight danger to treating bears to injuries. After a period of time, cubs can become habituated to human interaction, making them unfit to return to the wild. To address this issue, the staff members at Frisco Creek have arranged so that the bear has very limited interaction with humans; when she receives treatment, she is anesthetized, then wakes up when humans are no longer present. Professionals estimate that her feet will need to be bandaged for up to a month; after that time, she will move into a larger facility with four other cubs. Though no decisions have been made about how the bears will be released, it is encouraging and inspiring to know that these professionals are doing all they can to ensure the health and safety of this baby bear.


Children’s Hospital Colorado Ranked Among Top 10 in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report recently named Children’s Hospital Colorado to its 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. This distinction is only awarded to the top 10 best children’s hospitals in the United States, making this a truly prestigious honor. The Report‘s annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the United States in ten separate pediatric specialties. These include cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. A higher ranking within a specialty awards more points to a hospital; the more points, the more likely a hospital is to be recognized within the Honor Roll.

Children’s Hospital Colorado received very high marks in all ten of the Report‘s ranked specialties. In fact, five of Children’s Colorado’s specialties were within the top ten; neonatology was ranked #4, cancer care was ranked #8, and diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and pulmonology all ranked #7 in the nation. Rankings rely on clinical data and an annual reputation survey of pediatric specialists. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook, which will be available in late September of 2018.

This hospital’s dedication to pediatric medicine is tireless and compassionate. The president and CEO, Jena Hausman, reiterated the pride felt in delivering the best possible care to every patient. She continued, saying, “We take pride in delivering the best possible care to every single child who walks through our doors. Ranking in the top 10 is a testament to our talented and compassionate pediatric specialists who this past year cared for kids from all 50 states and more than 35 countries.”

Children’s Hospital Colorado has been caring for kids of all ages since 1908. They treat and heal more children than any hospital in their seven-state region, serving as pioneers for new treatments. The research and treatment conducted at Children’s Colorado is shaping the future of pediatric medicine. We may be a bit biased, but we can’t think of a more qualified hospital to have received this honor.


Committee Raises $465,000 to Restore Historic Barn

As of April 2018, the Goodnight Barn Historic Preservation Committee has raised $465,000 to help restore the historic Goodnight Barn structure. This is considered to be the most significant of the state’s agriculture or ranching structures.

In the late 1800s, Charles Goodnight, a dynamic cattle baron who dominated the West, traveled to and from Texas to Canada via horseback driving cattle herds to market. Goodnight is one of the storied characters of the West; he and his longtime friend, Oliver Loving, were former Texas Rangers. In July of 1870, he married Mary Ann “Molly” Dyer at the Rock Canyon Ranch near Pueblo. Goodnight, after years of working as a successful cattle herder, had planned to make this is permanent home.

Unlike many barns of the 19th century, the Goodnight Barn was built of stone. The family lived on the ranch for several years; unfortunately, when the economy suffered a downturn in the 1880s, Goodnight was forced to sell the ranch and head back to Texas. Here, he rebuilt his fortune.

Though Goodnight’s stay in Pueblo was relatively short, he made a huge impression on the emerging community. 150 years later, the Goodnight Barn still stands—just off Colorado 96. It is considered to be one of Colorado’s most valuable historical structures. The community is working hard to raise money for its restoration, but the road has not been easy. The masonry alone will cost around $250,000, but the building also requires a new roof.

Organizers of the Goodnight Barn Historic Preservation Committee have raised an impressive sum to save this incredible structure. In fact, the work will be recognized with a statewide award on May 0th at the Colorado Preservation Incorporation’s 28th annual State Honor Awards Celebration. The CPI will present its Endangered Places Progress Award to the City of Pueblo for their ongoing work. With help from the community and benefactors from around the state, we hope to see the Goodnight Barn restored to its former glory.


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