Earth Briefs

Archaeologist to speak at Navajo Lake

Wendy Sutton, district archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service, San Juan National Forest in Pagosa Springs, will speak at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Navajo State Park Visitors Center conference room in Arboles.

Sutton’s focus will be on the Upper San Juan Basin prehistory along the Colorado Highway 151 corridor that bisects Navajo Lake. Sutton has worked in archaeology for more than 25 years. She is currently the Pagosa district archaeologist on the San Juan National Forest.

For more information, call 883-2208 or visit

Registration accepted for youth corps

The Southwest Conservation Corps is registering youths ages 12 to 15 for its Youth Community Corps, a series of weeklong, local day programs that will run in Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway and Ouray in July and August.

The program combines education, recreation and service learning. Members will explore local environmental issues, gain service and teamwork experience, and get outdoors. Activities will focus on a different theme each week.

To register or for more information, visit or call Hadley Galbraith at 403-0138.

Farm loans available to disadvantaged people

The farm loan manager serving San Miguel, Dolores, Montezuma, La Plata and Archuleta counties announces the availability of funding for socially disadvantaged people who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm. The USDA Farm Service Agency administers the loan program.

The program provides direct and guaranteed assistance in the form of farm operating and farm ownership loans.

Operating loans may be used to buy livestock, equipment, feed, seed and other business-related expenses.

Ownership loans provide capital to purchase or enlarge a farm, construct or improve buildings, promote soil and water conservation and pay closing costs.

People must be U.S. citizens with a satisfactory history of meeting credit obligations, have sufficient education, training or experience managing or operating a farm, possess legal capacity to incur debt and be unable to obtain credit through traditional lending means.

For more information, call 565-8879, ext. 107.

Herald Staff