Earth Briefs

4CORE to host tour of net-zero home

Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, will present its first Home Spotlight event from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at 602 Powder Horn Trail as part of a quarterly series.

Homeowners Richard and Jill Hoehlein will open their home, just outside Durango, to educate the public and raise awareness of the benefits of a sustainably built, net-zero home. Passive solar design is used, along with natural day-lighting techniques, solar photovoltaic and solar hot water.

Suppliers and builders will be on hand to explain the products and processes used to construct the home.

Between 4 and 7 p.m., a Road Runner Transit shuttle bus will run from Durango Transit Center to the home.

For more information and directions, visit, email, or call 259-1916.

Durango Nature Studies to lead hike Monday

Durango Nature Studies will offer a Full Hunter’s Moon Hike from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Forebay Lake.

The hike is free for members, and $10 for nonmembers. Participants will learn natural history and moon facts.

To register, call 769-1800 or email

Applications available for gardener program

The Colorado State University Extension office in La Plata County is accepting applications through Dec. 15 for the 2013 Colorado Master Gardener program.

Students will receive training in tree care, vegetables, soils, native plants, water-wise gardening, pruning and more. The training will use onsite and distant education experts.

The series will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday beginning Jan. 31 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. The cost is $275 if the participant intends to volunteer, or $625 for a certificate without volunteer time. The training is equivalent to a four-credit-hour course. Volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of volunteer time in the first year and 24 hours in subsequent years.

To receive an application packet, visit the La Plata County Extension office.

4CORE receives grant to aid home program

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet announced recently that the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, has won a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Housing Preservation Grant program.

The grant will be used for home repairs and energy efficient improvements for low-income rural residents. The Housing Preservation Grant program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of low- and very low-income housing.

For more information, call 259-1916, visit, or email

Tom Campion honored for service to board

Hesperus resident Tom Campion was honored for his many years of service to the La Plata Conservation District on Oct. 5.

Campion was presented with a plaque by the conservation board. He was the district supervisor with La Plata Conservation District for the last two of his seven years on the board. As district supervisor, he also served as president of the San Juan Watershed for two years. One of the jobs Campion enjoyed while serving on the conservation district was participating in the educational outreach of the district.

While retiring from the board earlier this year, he was committed to staying involved in those areas of his interest. Campion will continue with the Arbor Day program and participate in the district’s activities at Durango Farmers Market.

Herald Staff

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