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Durango Outdoor Power reopens in Bodo Park

Durango Outdoor Power Equipment has reopened in the Target Rental building, across Highway 550 from the Durango Mall in Bodo Industrial Park. The business specializes in the sales of lawn and garden equipment, including lawn mowers, tillers, trimmers, chain saws and snowblowers.

A new showroom includes brands such as Husqvarna, Toro, Echo and Red Max. They represent Grasshopper and Walker ride-on mowers and commercial-grade mowers that accept many different attachments. Financing plans are available.

The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call 247-8889 or visit

Eggs & Issues looks at hydraulic fracturing

The next Eggs & Issues will be “Fracking in La Plata County” at 8 a.m. April 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio.

The cost is $14 for Durango Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for nonmembers.

Christi Zeller, executive director of La Plata County Energy Council, will be the featured speaker. Zeller will present current information regarding the drilling technique for natural gas and oil. She also will examine tax benefits as well as explain hydraulic fracturing in La Plata County. There will be a question-and-answer session after the presentation.

Reservations are required. To register, visit or call 247-0312.

Business workshop for beginners to be held

The Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College will offer the “Starting Your Business Workshop” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 12 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Tuition is $25 for the public and $20 for Durango Chamber of Commerce members. Space is limited.

To make a reservation, visit, call 247-7009 or email Lynn Asano at If room is available the day of the workshop, walk-ins will be accepted.

Thrive announces three new employees

Trapper Niccum has announced the addition of three new employees to the Thrive team.

Julie Cypher is the new community-outreach specialist. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Illinois State University in food, nutrition and dietetics in 2006. Her focus at Thrive is to help people live healthier and happier lives.

Renee Walker is the new-care coordinator. She has strong family roots in the Durango area as well as being an alumna of Durango High School. As Thrive’s care coordinator, Walker’s focus is to help people reach their health goals.

Carlee Lindell is the new-education specialist. In 2011, Lindell earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Applied Science with a focus in Biomedical Engineering. Last fall, she moved to Durango to start her health-care career. She uses technology to uncover the body’s ability to thrive and heal itself. Lindell’s focus is to educate Thrive’s practice members about how bodies and nervous systems work.

Thrive: A Creating Wellness Center is located at 202 W. 22nd Street.

For more information, call 259-0968 or go to

Herald Staff

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