The historic Central Jazz Fest of Central City, CO has announced its return in 2019, marking the second edition of the revived event since its hiatus began in 1992. Once again, the event features a number of New Orleans icons and Mardi Gras-style attractions throughout the quaint streets of Central City.Newly expanded to two days for 2019, Central Jazz Fest will take place on June 7th and 8th featuring an initial lineup led by Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, George Porter Jr. Runnin Pardners, Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans Suspects, Michal Menert Trio, The Jauntee, and The Copper Children in addition to special performances from the NOLA CENTRAL ALL STARS and the Color Red Allstars (featuring Eddie Roberts, Jeremy Salken, and Gabriel Mervine). Additional artists are slated to be announced as the event draws closer.Central Jazz Fest takes place in various locations throughout the picturesque mountain town just 40 miles west of Denver, spilling into the downtown streets in addition to venues like Grand Z Casino and the Teller House, where the festival will host open jam sessions for its talented roster of artists.Tickets for Central Jazz Fest 2019 go on sale Friday, March 29th at 10 a.m. local time. Both GA and VIP ticketing options are available, in addition to hotel packages. For more information, or to grab your tickets when they go on sale, head to the event website here.
Wood stork nests reach record numbers in South Carolina this year With the passage of Senate Bill 613, registering as an organ donor just got easier in West Virginia. The state has become one of the first to offer the option to register as an organ donor when applying for a fishing or hunting license, in addition to driver’s licenses and identification card applications. The achievement was a joint effort of the Center of Oregon Recovery and Education, Donate Life West Virginia, the West Virginia DNR and Governor Jim Justice. WV fishing license applicants can now opt into organ donation A nonprofit organization in New York aims to connect the backcountry of the Adirondacks through a system of huts, much like the hut-to-hut system of hiking that is popular throughout Europe. The organization, Hamlets to Huts, seeks to help adventurers hike, cycle or paddle throughout the Adirondacks for a few hours or a few days without having to carry more than a daypack. Biologists and technicians have recorded a record number of wood stork nests in South Carolina in 2019—the highest in state history. 3,075 wood stork nests at 26 colonies were recorded in the state, breaking the record high of 2,512 nests recorded in 2016. In nests monitored around the state, an average of 2 wood stork chicks made it to fledging age. The federal recovery goal is 1.5 fledglings per nest. “Registering as a donor is a simple act but one that can save lives,” Governor Justice said. “I am proud that West Virginia stands among the nation’s leaders in offering this option on our hunting and fishing applications.” Planning your 2020 bucket list? Soon you can hut-trip the Adirondacks Funded primarily by grants from the New York Department of State and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, the organization says that the first trips should be available by summer 2020. Wood storks, also known as “wood ibis,” were added to the Endangered Species List in 1984. Thanks to years of wetland restoration, the range of the wood stork has grown from the states of Florida, Georgia and Alabama into North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi. In 2014, the wood stork’s status on the Endangered Species List was upgraded from endangered to threatened.