Local Briefs

City Council candidates forum set to be held

The Durango Business Improvement District will host a free Candidates Forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 19 in the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave.

Business and property owners, and interested residents, are encouraged to attend. Discussion topics will include issues directly related to the health and vitality of the district and downtown. All candidates in attendance will provide a brief opening, and then have two minutes each per topic to discuss their views, ideas and plans. Six residents have declared their candidacy: Keith Brant, Dean Brookie, Jordan Golson, Floyd Patterson, incumbent Christina Rinderle and Kristen Smith.

People attending are invited to bring a bag lunch. Box lunches can be ordered in advance for $12. To reserve a lunch by noon March 18, call 375-7185.

City Council election ballots will be mailed March 15 to registered voters within the city. Election results will be announced the evening of April 2.

For more information, call 375-5067.

Steamworks to host clam bake March 15

Steamworks Brewing Co., in partnership with Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, will host its clam bake from 2 to 5 p.m. March 15 at DMR.

Proceeds will benefit La Plata County Search and Rescue. The clam bake will feature slope-side service on the beach outside Purgy’s featuring clams, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes and a Steamworks beverage for $7. Festivities also will include a performance by the band Frequency. La Plata County Search and Rescue, a nonprofit organization under the direction of the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, has provided remote rescue and emergency services in the county since 1981. Money raised through the clam bake will help purchase equipment as well as help with volunteer training.

For more information, visit www.steamworksbrewing.com, www.laplatasar.org and www.durangomountainresort.com.

Diversity dialogue to be held March 16

The Embracing Diversity Initiative, a youth-adult partnership team will facilitate a Diversity Dialogue from 8:45 a.m. to noon March 16 at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

Experiential activities will be provided in a supportive environment that is appropriate for middle-school students through adults. The initiative is supported by several local organizations including San Juan Basin Health Department’s Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition, the Prejudice Elimination Action Team, Alternative Horizons and Fort Lewis College’s El Centro, Common Ground/Code Red groups.

To RSVP by March 11, email Lpatters@frontier.net or call 259-1247.

Genetic Roulette film slated to be screened

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango Social Justice Film Series will present “Genetic Roulette” at 7 p.m. March 22 at the fellowship, 419 San Juan Drive.

The film follows evidence that points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. population. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are some of the problems implicated in humans and animals that eat genetically modified foods.

A discussion and non-genetically modified snack will follow the film.

Herald Staff