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Mesa Verde announces winter events

Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park can participate in these winter activites:

The short Mesa Top Loop Road auto tour offers views of Mesa Verde history from cliff dwelling overlooks. Ranger-guided tours are available of Spruce Tree House, and the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum remains open.

The park will host the Luminaria Open House on Dec. 6. The event will feature entertainment, refreshments and nighttime tours of Spruce Tree House.

Most of the park’s trails system remains open during the winter for hiking. Once snow has fallen, 21 miles of trails on four trails are groomed for Nordic skiing. Snowshoeing is permitted on all ungroomed trails and the skate portion of groomed trails.

The park, San Juan Mountains Association and the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society have prepared a program of guided walks about the winter life of the plants and animals in the area. A series of Discovery Walks designed for children ages 4 to 10 and their parents also are available.

Nominations sought for landowner award

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year award, which recognizes contributions made by private landowners to conserving wildlife, enhancing wildlife habitat and providing public access for hunting and fishing.

The winner will be honored at a banquet and an awards ceremony during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo competition at the National Western Stock Show on Jan. 22 in Denver. Nominations are due by close of business Dec. 14.

Nominees must be a resident of Colorado or own at least 160 acres in the state, and be actively engaged in farming or ranching business as an owner, lessor, lessee or manager. Award winners will be notified by Jan. 11. Attendance by the winner at the award banquet is required.

The nomination form and guidelines may be found at http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/PrivateLandProgram/Pages/LandownerRecognitionProgram.aspx.

4CORE to host holiday party Dec. 6

The Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency will host its annual holiday party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Three Springs subdivision.

People will get a look at two Energy Star homes. Refreshments will be served, a shuttle will provide rides from Durango, and a drawing will be held for a free home energy walk-through assessment.

To RSVP or for more information, visit www.fourcore.org.

Growing Partners seeks events coordinator

Growing Partners of Southwest Colorado is seeking a part-time project events coordinator to organize five local food events and activities during 2013.

The position will begin Jan. 1 and will run through Oct. 1. Send cover letter and résumé to director@growingpartners.org, or Growing Partners, c/o Katy Pepinsky, 115 Alamo Drive, Durango, CO 81301. Applications will be accepted until Monday.

For more information, email director@growingpartners.org.

Herald Staff

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