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New York DEC announces start of small game hunting seasons

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New York DEC announces start of small game hunting seasons

NEW YORK (WWTI) — The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) announced that most small game hunting seasons will begin on October 1. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said the fall season is a great opportunity for hunters to enjoy the sport.

“Every fall, more than 60,000 hunters venture afield to pursue New York’s abundant small game species,” Seggos said. “It’s a great way to introduce new hunters to the sport and teach them how to be a safe and responsible member of the hunting community while reconnecting to the outdoors, establishing new traditions, and experiencing New York’s diverse wildlife.”

Ruffed grouse hunting will be one of the seasons starting on October 1 and will be open until the last day of February in most parts of the state. The DEC is reminding hunters to positively confirm they are hunting ruffed grouse rather than spruce grouse, which is a state-endangered species and is illegal to hunt. The DEC released tips for hunters to help distinguish which species is which on their website.

The DEC will be releasing about 30,000 adult pheasants on public land for the upcoming season. The season will begin on October 1 for northern and eastern portions of New York, October 16 in central and western portions of the state, and November 1 on Long Island.

In Western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend will take place on October 9 and October 10. In northern and eastern New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend will be September 25 and September 26, and on Long Island, it will take place on October 30 and October 31. In order to participate in the hunt both the junior hunter and their adult mentor must have a hunting license. Only the junior hunter can carry a firearm and harvest birds on these dates.

Squirrel hunting season started on September 1 in Upstate New York and will begin on November 1 on Long Island. Rabbit hunting will begin on October 1 in Upstate New York and on November 1 on Long Island. Snowshoe hare season will start October 1 in the Northern Zone, while hare hunters in the Southern Zone’s season will begin in late fall or early winter.

Wild turkeys can be found throughout the state specifically in forests, old fields, and farmlands. The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either sex and hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. This season’s dates are as follows:

  • October 1 through October 14 in the Northern Zone
  • October 16 through October 29 in the Southern Zone
  • November 20 through December 3 in Suffolk County and on Long Island

Coyote hunting season will start on October 1 across most of the state and hunting seasons for other furbearers such as bobcat, raccoon, and fox will begin on October 25. Season dates and zone boundaries for all furbearers can be found on DEC’s website and in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide.

New York hunters will be able to harvest more than 30 species of waterfowl this season. The season dates across the five waterfowl zones are below:

Youth Waterfowl Days:

  • Northeast Zone: September 18 and September 19
  • Southeast and Lake Champlain zones: September 25 and September 26
  • Western Zone: October 2 and October 3
  • Long Island Zone: November 6 and November 7

Military and Veteran Hunting Days:

  • Northeast Zone: September 18 and September 19
  • Southeast Zone: October 9 and October 10
  • Western Zone: November 11 and November 13
  • Long Island Zone: November 13 and November14
  • There will be no special Military or Veteran days for the Lake Champlain Zone.

Opening dates for the Regular Duck Seasons:

  • Northeast Zone: October 2
  • Lake Champlain Zone: October 13
  • Western and Southeast Zones: October 16
  • Long Island Zone: November 20

The DEC is encouraging hunters to continue to use common sense during the fall hunting season and to remember basic training such as always pointing their gun in a safe direction, treating every gun as if it were loaded, being sure of their target and beyond when shooting and keeping their finger off the trigger until they’re ready to shoot.

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Harry Potter-inspired pub Slytherin to Belmar shopping district

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Raise your butterbeers — a new Harry Potter-inspired bar is opening in Lakewood.

The owners of Denver restaurant group Handsome Boys Hospitality plan to open Muggles Pub at 7260 W. Alaska Drive in the Belmar shopping district.

The British pub chain Baker Street Pub and Grill operated in the space until late 2018 and then became Winston’s Pub & Grill, which closed shortly thereafter in 2019.

“When we took over the lease and walked in it just screamed London pub,” said Handsome Boys Hospitality founder Josh Schmitz. “And for us, in everything we do, we always want to add an extra twist. So, the Harry Potter-inspired theme made perfect sense. Coming out of COVID, it’s not just a good cocktail that will bring you out of your house anymore — it’s an experience as well.”

Schmitz said he’s somewhat limited by what words he can use at the bar due to trademarks. But he said Muggles Pub — “muggles” refers to non-wizards in the series by author J.K. Rowling — will feature floating candles reminiscent of Hogwarts’ famous dining room, butterbeer-like drinks and other cocktails and Hogwarts house flags. It will serve concession fare like hot dogs and nachos.

The bar will be open 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Another Harry Potter-inspired pop-up bar called The Wizard’s Den debuted in Denver last January at 435 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver’s Central Business District and stayed open through mid-March. The immersive bar is back again starting Dec. 1.

Courtesy of Handsome Boys Hospitality via BusinessDen

Muggles Pub is taking over the former Baker Street Pub and Grill space.

Handsome Boys Hospitality signed a lease for their 6,400-square-foot space in early November, and Schmitz said they expect to open Dec. 1. Josh Kruse, former general manager of Uptown’s The District, will be Muggles Pub’s new general manager.

“We have a special event permit for the month of December, and we’re partnering with Mayor Adam Paul and the city of Lakewood to continue special event permits until our full liquor license comes through,” Schmitz said. “We were approached with the idea of Belmar being the new hot downtown of Lakewood, and they knew we were the only group that could get something like this up and running this fast.”

Seattle-based real estate investment firm Bridge33 Capital purchased Belmar in June with plans to “increase the vibrancy” of the shopping center.

Josh Sampson, owner of Good Baby Management, a Denver real estate and brand development company, is also opening a Holiday Bazaar across from Muggles Pub at 439 S. Teller St. from Dec. 3-19 with more than 80 craft vendors, fashion trucks, holiday-themed pop-up bars and live entertainment, according to Belmar’s website.

Good Baby Management owns Big Wonderful, a pop-up beer garden and festival, and Garage Sale, a Larimer Square vintage clothing and vinyl shop.

“I’m a west side kid to begin with,” Schmitz said. “I grew up going to Baker Street and was raised on the west side of the town. So, this is really full circle for me and goes back to my roots. To do something for that side of town is really exciting.”

Schmitz, 35, launched Handsome Boys Hospitality with his longtime friend and business partner Nick Brown during the pandemic and has since grown it from five to 70 employees.  The restaurant group has offices at 1409 Larimer St., and Brandon Jundt, founder of Denver-based Wynkoop Financial, is a partner in the business.

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Naughty List, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar at 1403 Larimer St.

The restaurant group owns three themed concepts in Larimer Square: Hidden Gems, a Wizard of Oz-themed ice cream shop at 1411 Larimer St.; Drunken Bakery, an Alice in Wonderland-themed bakery on its right; and Naughty List, a Christmas-themed pop-up bar at 1403 Larimer St., which was previously Spirits, a Halloween-themed bar for the month of October.

Naughty List will be open from Black Friday until New Year’s Day, and Schmitz hopes to open another concept permanently in the space afterward.

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Final U.S. hurdle for Merck’s COVID-19 pill: FDA panel review

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Final U.S. hurdle for Merck’s COVID-19 pill: FDA panel review

WASHINGTON — An experimental COVID-19 drug that could soon become the first U.S.-authorized pill to treat the coronavirus faces one final hurdle Tuesday: A panel of government experts will scrutinize data on the medication from drugmaker Merck.

The Food and Drug Administration is asking its outside experts whether the agency should authorize the pill, weighing new information that it is less effective than first reported and may cause birth defects. The panel’s recommendations aren’t binding but often guide FDA decisions.

Tuesday’s meeting comes as U.S. infections are rising again and health authorities worldwide scramble to size up the threat posed by the new omicron variant.

If authorized, Merck’s pill would be the first that U.S. patients could take at home to ease symptoms and speed recovery, a major step toward reducing hospital case loads and deaths. The drug, molnupiravir, is already authorized for emergency use in the U.K.

Given the ongoing threat of the pandemic the FDA is widely expected to approve emergency use of Merck’s pill. But new data released last week paint a less compelling picture of the drug than when the Merck first publicized its early results in October.

On Friday, Merck said final study results showed molnupiravir reduced hospitalization and death by 30% among adults infected with the coronavirus, significantly lower than the 50% reduction it first announced based on incomplete results.

FDA regulators said they were still reviewing Merck’s update and would present a new assessment of the drug’s benefits to the outside panel. Molnupiravir’s effectiveness is a key question as panel members weigh whether to recommend the drug and for whom.

One key question is whether the drug should be restricted from use in pregnant women or women of child-bearing age.

In its safety review, FDA staffers said animal studies suggested Merck’s drug could cause birth defects when given at high doses. Regulators said they are considering a complete ban on molnupiravir’s use during pregnancy and other safeguards, including recommending contraceptives for some patients taking the pills.

Merck’s drug uses a novel approach to fight COVID-19: it inserts tiny errors into the coronavirus’ genetic code to stop the virus from reproducing. That genetic effect has raised concerns that the drug could cause mutations in human fetuses or even spur more virulent strains of the virus.

Another key question is whether the drug should be offered to patients who have been vaccinated or previously had COVID-19. Merck didn’t study the drug in vaccinated people, but data from a handful of patients with prior infections suggested it had little benefit. Still, it may be impractical for doctors to screen out those patients. The Merck drug works best when given within five days of first COVID-19 symptoms, underscoring the need for speedy treatment.

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CU professor will compete in first-ever Professors Tournament on “Jeopardy!”

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Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders is an assistant professor at CU Boulder and will be featured on “Jeopardy” starting Dec. 6.

A professor of African American history at the University of Colorado in Boulder will, in her own words, partake in the “coolest nerd thing” she’s ever done next week as she makes an appearance on the first-ever Professors Tournament on “Jeopardy!”

Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders is an assistant professor at CU Boulder, where she teaches U.S. and African American history, with a focus on American Civil War memory, Black cultural history, Black radicalism, and collective memory in the United States, according to CU Boulder.

She is one of 15 educators who will compete for a $100,000 grand prize and spot in the show’s upcoming Tournament of Champions.

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