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/ / ] 0e 18 Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Burnet Bulletin Burnet, Texas T N CVVS From Page 1 John Karger, Executive Director of the Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conser- vancy, and Conservancy Fa- cilities and Educational Direc- tor Kelly Rayner are two of a team that dedicated time and effort to returning the raptor to the wild. Karger said the two things the organization uses to reha- bilitate the birds is veterinary medicine and falconry. The second is a vital aspect of maintaing the birds' instinctu- al behavior. "It gives us the ability to handle the bird and keep it as wild as possible," Karger said. Karger explained that the juvenile female released on Wednesday was found in a nest that had fallen from it's nest tree. "Two people from the fish and wildlife agency found the bird," he said, adding that since the state doesn't have funding for conservancy programs, outside organizations like Last Chance forever are "relied graduated the bird from parts with the group until she was upon by the state of Texas to of dead fish to whole fish, to four or five years old, when care for injured birds." live fish, and then introduced the brown feathers of her Karger said initially, this the birds to fish swimming in crown would be replaced with female bald eagle wasn't able pools of water, white ones, and she would be to fly very well. "At each stage they wereold enough to select a mate. "We've put around 1,000 scared," Karger said. "We did a project here five hours in this bird," he said. The team also taught theyears ago; we tracked the birds Texas has a subspecies of her to fly in a flight recovery on the lake and found them bald eagle, Karger said, add- cage, in which the bird could with a radio siring with other ing that forthe first time in 20 glide back and forth inside a adults. We know they're sur- years, the birds of prey have long and narrow space, viving," he said. been spored in the Hill Coun- "Then we tied her to a long Karger said with more fi- try, including around Lake Bu- line to get her to fly hundreds nancial support, the conser- chanan, which is where Karger of yards at a time. It makes vancy could afford to track and Rayner released the fe- them stronger," he said.more of the birds. maleon Wednesday. "She can't just fly down "We're looking for that "The pair on TX 29 were from a perch, she has to be person to support our work," the first west of 1-35 in 20 able to lift herself up off the he said. "People can donate to years," he said. ground. It's like getting ready the project - not just money "This is the 22"a bald eagle for a marathon." but materials. There's a lot that we've released on this lake." Karger said the female could be done to help." Karger said conservancy would be introduced on theThe conservancy also has workers and falconers raised shores of the lake, where she an Adopt-a-Raptor program in the year-old female in San would interact with otherjuve- which individuals can sponsor Antonio. nile bald eagles spored in the a bird. "We had to do what the area. To learn more or donate to parents would do. We had to "Juvenile birds hang outthe conservancy, visit www. show her how to fly and how with each other. There's a lot lastchanceforever.org, or call to hunt," he said. "It's quite of curiosity there," he said. Rayner at 210-499-4080. difficult because they've only She would likely remain ever had food given to them in pieces." Karger said the team ertram appoints new Fire Marshal BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN Brian Klosterhoff has been appointed the new City of Ber- tram Fire Marshal after a unan- imous vote at Tuesday, March 12 city council meeting. "We had three people that we looked at for this position and Pat, Cynthia and I inter- viewed them and decided that Brian was the best suited to present as a recommendation to the council," said Bertram Mayor Dickie Allen. With 29 years of experi- ence in fire fighting, Kloster- hoff resides in Oatmeal and is the Battalion Chief for the Fort Hood Fire Department. "I feel priv- ileged that the City Council has entrusted me with this position," said Klosterhoff. Klosterhoff With four days on duty with the Fire Department, Klosterhoff will spend his three days off to maintain the Fire Marshal position at the City of Bertram. "He has a lot of experience and will hopefully be an asset to the community bringing in the experience he has," said Allen. Getting to know the next BY CHRISTI BERTELSON BURNET BULLETIN With election day on May 7, Bertram Mayor Candidates John Mandigo and Cynthia Anderson answer questions from The Burnet Bulletin to help voters decide who they want to be the next Mayor of Bertram. Dickie Allen, current Ber- tram City Mayor, will not seek re-election after three and a half years in the position. Early voting starts on April 25 and runs to April 29. Mayoral candidates Cynthia Anderson Q: What prompted you to file for the Mayor position? I am Mayor pro-tern at this time and when I asked the Mayor if he was going to run again he indicated he was not, so that is when I turned in my application. I want to see this community continue to suc- ceed and I think I am the per- son that can get the job done. Q: What strengths do you Anderson Mandingo issues that have come up re- bring to the table, that would cently, in reference to termi- be considered to elect you nating the Fire Marshal? Mayor of Bertram? Unfortunately, after dis- Being Mayor Pro-tern andcussing issues with the previ- a part of City Council already, ous fire marshal the council I see the issues we face as a felt it was best that we let him community and I feel I am focus on his other positions in the position at this time to in the VFD and ESD 4, but I continue to face the issues we think the new Fire Marshal have and make this communi- Brian is going to be a great as- ty better, set to our community so I am Q: Is there things you happy with the outcome. would change about the May- John Mandigo or's position or how the City Q: What prompted you to Council handles items? file for the Mayor position? Absolutely not, they do an I was approached by more outstanding job. than one citizen and requested Q: How can you make a that I run for mayor. difference as Mayor? How will your background help Q: What strengthS, do you m mayor you make a difference if elected? As a Teacher I see that I can make a lot of difference in a child's life and I think that as Mayor I can take my skills as a Teacher and work with this great community. Q: Where do you stand on bring to the table, that would be considered to elect you Mayor of Bertram? Being a former council member, I believe that during that term, there were a lot of progress made for the city and I would like to see progress continue. Q: Is there things you would change about the May- or's position or how the City Council handles items? None at this time. Q: How can you make a difference as Mayor? How will your background help you make a difference if elected? By trying my best to look forward to the growth that is about to come to Bertram. Q: Where do you stand on issues that have come up recently, in reference to ter- minating the Fire Marshal and fees assessed for the Fire Department utilizing water hydrants ? No comment. Baylor Scott & White Health Primary Care Clinics. 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