Earth Briefs

4CORE names winner of energy contest

The first winners from the HomeRx Energy Makeover Contest, presented by Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, known as 4CORE, are Betty and Larry Bewley of Ignacio.

The Bewleys will receive a free walk-through assessment by Verified Green to identify potential energy savings and other areas of improvement, as well as insulation from ProBuild and air sealing services, valued at $650.

The second-round prize will be announced in late August, and winners will receive a comprehensive assessment by Energy Check, air-sealing services and ProBuild insulation, valued at $950. The grand-prize winner will be announced Sept. 29 at Durango Farmers Market and will receive a comprehensive energy audit, insulation and weatherization services from WeatherCo, valued at $1,500.

To register for the HomeRx Contest, visit La Plata County homeowners are eligible to enter the contest.

For more information, email or call 259-1916.

Medicine Horse announces programs

Medicine Horse Center, a nonprofit that focuses on human health through work with horses, will host these Durango programs:

Registration is open for fall “Horses and Healing,” which will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 17. This is a four-week program for women who are healing from trauma.

Registration is open for the “Early Release Friday Horse Camp.” The camp is for children in grades first to fourth. Participants will learn about horses and how to take care of them, learn how to ride bareback and with saddles and bridles, do horse art projects, make horse treats and more.

For more information, call 749-3934 or visit

Local cattle rancher attends conference

Local cattle rancher and vice president of American National CattleWomen, Patti Buck of Ignacio, attended the organization’s leadership workshop last month in Denver. It was held before the Cattle Industry Summer Conference being held this week.

American National CattleWomen held a full day of committee meetings, National Beef Cook-Off State Team Member workshop, board of directors meeting and Dine Around Denver social event.

The morning session began with a panel on “Everything You Need to Know to Host a Ranch Tour.” The morning session concluded with round table technology presentations and training.

For more information, visit or email

Herald Staff