Earth Briefs

Geotourism initiative to be launched

Aztec Ruins National Monument will host the launch of a four-state geotourism initiative June 2. This event will celebrate the release of two geotourism products.

The first is a full-color, waterproof, tear-resistant map produced by National Geographic. Titled the “Four Corners Region – Trail of the Ancients,” the destination map guide provides directions to and descriptions of historic structures and archaeological sites, scenic landscapes and wildlife-viewing areas, trails and outdoor recreation, local cuisine and culture, festivals and events, artists and river guides.

The second is the official launch of the “Four Corners Region – Trail of the Ancients” interactive website at This is also a National Geographic production and offers detail about Four Corners geotourism destinations.

For more information, visit

WeatherCo performs energy audits

In recognition of Earth Day, WeatherCo, a social enterprise division of Housing Solutions for the Southwest, performed commercial energy audits on the Durango Chamber of Commerce and the Spaaah Shop and Day Spa.

Commercial energy audits are designed to provide businesses a guide for maximizing building performance, save energy and increase net operating income.

Residents and business owners can contract with Housing Solutions’ social enterprise division, WeatherCo, to perform an energy audit and energy saving upgrades. Proceeds from WeatherCo support Housing Solutions programs, which address multiple housing issues in Southwest Colorado.

For more information, call Marcy McKeon at 749-5390 or email

LPEA awards grant for weatherization

Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency and Housing Solutions for the Southwest have received a $25,000 special-projects grant from La Plata Electric Association for low-income weatherization projects in 2012.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission will match the grant up to $20,000, and all funding will be used to weatherize homes for qualifying residents within LPEA’s service territory of La Plata and Archuleta counties. Weatherization services provide energy-saving measures, including insulation, air sealing, furnace upgrades, window and door replacement and other efficiency upgrades.

For more information, visit, call 259-1086, ext. 32, or email

Bayfield residents join Angus association

Peter C. Lott and Aimee K. Wood of Bayfield are new members of the American Angus Association.

The association, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information about nearly 19 million registered Angus. The association records ancestral information, keeps production records about individual animals and develops industry-leading selection tools for its members.

Herald Staff