Local Briefs

Residents should call 811 before digging

Atmos Energy reminds residents to call 811 before beginning any digging project to have underground utility lines marked.

By calling, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility lines with flags, spray paint or both.

For more information, visit www.atmosenergy.com.

Free guided hike to be held Aug. 18

The San Juan Mountains Association, the San Juan National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios office, will offer a free guided nature hike in conjunction with the Durango Trails Festival from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Twin Buttes.

The hike will explore the flora, geology and history of the Twin Buttes area west of Durango. Participants will meet at the SJMA tent near the race start line of the Durango Trails Festival at Twin Buttes as early as 8:30 a.m. The hike is limited to 12 people.

For more information, email MK@sjma.org.

Adaptive Sports benefit to be held

The Ralph Dinosaur Dance Party will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at Edgemont Picnic Grounds to benefit the Adaptive Sports Association’s fundraising campaign to purchase a new accessible van.

Tickets are $30, which includes food and beverages.

For more information, call 259-0374, email info@asadurango.com or use Paypal at www.asadurango.com.

Fundraiser for Hospice of Mercy to be held

A fundraiser for Hospice of Mercy will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with the grand opening of Durango Dentistry, 201 Mercado St., northeast of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Three Springs.

Dr. Greg Mann will make a donation to the hospice program for every visitor who attends the celebration of his new dental office.

Food and beverages will be provided.

Herald Staff