Local Briefs

Women Voters to host candidate forums

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County will host three candidate forums.

Participating will be candidates for the 59th District state House of Representatives and candidates for county commissioner.

The Ignacio forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ignacio Community Library, 470 Goddard Ave. After the forum, the state ballot issues with pros and cons will be presented.

The Durango forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in council chambers of Durango City Hall, 949 East Second Ave.

The Bayfield forum will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Bayfield Town Hall, 1199 U.S. Highway 160B. After the forum, the state ballot issues with pros and cons will be presented. Anne Cook, chairwoman of Citizens for Bayfield Schools, will discuss the two Bayfield School District ballot issues, 3A and 3B, and answer questions.

For more information, email Trish Pegram at trishpegram@bresnan.net or call 382-8248.

Bird club to host bird walk Wednesday

The Durango Bird Club will host a bird walk at 9 a.m. Wednesday at For the Birds. 1560 East Second Ave.

The walk will go along the Animas River Trail, and participants will look for resident birds such as spotted towhees, cedar waxwings and song sparrows. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides if they have them.

For more information, call 382-9396.

Rep. Tipton’s office to open to public

Rep. Scott Tipton’s staff members will hold office hours at these locations:

Field representative Darlene Marcus will host office hours from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mancos Community Center, 117 North Main St., in Mancos.

Field representative Marcus will host office hours from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Dolores Town Hall, 420 Central Ave. in Dolores.

Marcus will be available to assist constituents, provide information about services and give an update about Tipton’s work.

Great Decisions series scheduled for Thursday

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County and the Durango Public Library will host a supplemental program for their “Great Decisions Series: CUBA,” a dialogue among the women of the United States and Cuba, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in Program Room 2 of Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

The program will be presented by Connie Jacobs, who visited Cuba in May on a league-sponsored “People to People” trip, assisted by a panel including Maria Cristina Grabiel, who grew up in Cuba, and Jennifer Gay, who studied in Cuba.

For more information, visit www.lwvlaplata.org.

Back Country Horsemen to meet Thursday

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will meet Thursday at the Pine River Senior Center, 111 West South St. in Bayfield.

Social time will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m.

Kitty Benzar, president of the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition, will give a presentation about the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act and her effort to eliminate recreation fees for general access to public lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

For more information, visit www.4cbch.org, call 883-4004 or email bobvolger@gmail.com.

Archaeological society to meet Thursday

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

Bob Bernhart will present “Evidence of Moiety Organization at Jackson’s Castle.” This is an ancestral Puebloan site located a few miles from Ismay trading post. The public is invited.

Herald Staff