Local Briefs

Nature Studies to hold volunteer appreciation

Durango Nature Studies will host a volunteer appreciation social from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Rochester Hotel courtyard, 721 East Second Ave.

There will be a potluck dinner and open bar. The volunteer of the year will be honored, and prizes and T-shirts will be handed out.

People who have been thinking about volunteering with Durango Nature Studies also are invited.

For more information, visit www.durangonaturestudies.org.

Free gardening class to be taught Saturday

A free gardening class taught by horticulturist Camilla Potter will take place at noon Saturday at Native Roots Garden Center, 26266 U.S. Highway 160.

Potter will discuss lasagna gardening and fairy-herb gardening.

For more information, call 259-5111.

Chimney Rock to hold full-moon program

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area will host a full moon program at 7 p.m. Sunday located three miles south of U.S. Highway 160 on Colorado Highway 151.

Participants will watch the full moon rise while listening to Native American flute melodies played by Charles Martinez. Visitors will learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, the archaeological relationship of Chimney Rock to Chaco Canyon, and archaeoastronomy theories.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for people 12 and older. An early tour of the lower area will begin at 5 p.m. for an additional $5. The gate will be open from 6 to 6:15 p.m. Participants should bring flashlights, water, cushions and blankets or coats.

For tickets, call 883-5359 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Local PFLAG group to meet Sunday

The Durango/Four Corners Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Bowman Hall, 419 San Juan Drive.

For more information, call 799-0482.

Roadwork to take place on Yellow Jacket Pass

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun a project to reduce the potential for rockfall on U.S. Highway 160 on Yellow Jacket Pass, about 15 miles east of Bayfield and west of Chimney Rock.

Work will involve drilling and blasting rock material, bringing down an approximate 100-by-10-by-13-foot rock overhang. Scaling by hand and/or machinery will be done, as well.

The project is expected to be completed on or before June 15. Motorists can expect some traffic slowing and single-lane, alternating traffic through the work zone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Traffic will be held in both directions during a few periods of blasting. When traffic is held, motorists should be prepared for a possible 45-minute wait.

For more information, visit www.coloradodot.info.

Naturalist to lead bird walk Saturday

For the Birds and the Durango Nature Center will sponsor bird walks to learn to spot and identifying Durango birds from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Depending on conditions, the walk will cover the area between the Durango Fish Hatchery, the Animas River and Junction Creek. Birder and naturalist Eilene Lyon will lead the walk. There will be an opportunity to donate $5 to Durango Nature Studies.

Participants should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them.

For more information, visit For the Birds at 1560 East Second Ave. or call 382-9396.

Herald Staff