Local Briefs

Contractor to take over operation of VA clinic

A new contractor will take over the operation of a VA medical clinic in Durango, Valor Healthcare Inc. will manage the Contract Community Based Outpatient Clinic for the New Mexico VA Health Care System.

The clinic will take over the contract on April 1 from Health Net Federal Services, and will continue to provide primary care, primary mental health services and some specialty services by telemedicine to veterans.

Services will include blood draws, EKGs (electrocardiograms), evaluations by doctors and routine lab tests.

The clinic, 1970 East Third Ave., Suite 102, occupies about 4,800 square feet. However, plans are underway to expand the clinic by an additional 1,000 square feet in the near future. The extra space will accommodate additional telemedicine services for veterans.

For more information, call 247-2214.

Volunteers sought for Adopt a Highway Program

The Colorado Department of Transportation announces that there are more than 4,000 miles of highway available to adopt through the Adopt a Highway Program.

Through the program, the adopting group typically agrees to pick up litter from both sides of a highway for a two-mile section at a minimum of four times per year.

Adopting groups are encouraged to sort litter when picking up, taking recyclable materials to recycling centers. The group may keep any money collected from its recycling efforts.

The department will provide a sign crediting the group for volunteering on adopted section of highway; provide litter bags, safety vests and safety videos; and haul the litter bags away after the group places the full bags at the edge of the roadway.

For more information, visit www.coloradodot.info/programs/adopt-a-highway.

Rotary Club of Durango to meet Tuesday

Rotarians from the Daybreak Rotary Club will present about the Navajo Lights Project to the Rotary Club of Durango at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave.

Led by the Daybreak Club, Rotarians have been funding and installing advanced solar light kits on homes on the Navajo Reservation that do not have electricity.

So far, 42 homes have received 126 lights with solar panels, wiring and cell phone charging capabilities in installations on Black Mesa, in Monument Valley and at Navajo Mountain/Piute Mesa.

The Rotary Club of Durango also has been involved.

Visitors are welcome.

For more information, call Bruce Rodman at 385-7899.

Durango Bird Club to lead walk Wednesday

A bird walk will be hosted by Durango Bird Club at 9 a.m. Wednesday at For the Birds, 1560 East Second Ave.

The walks last about one hour and 15 minutes. Bring binoculars. The walks are free, but donations to the hosting group are welcome.

For more information, call 382-9396.

Daybreak Rotary club to meet Wednesday

Durango Daybreak Rotary will meet at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave.

High school students involved with Rotary Youth Leadership Awards the past year will give an account of their travels

For more information, visit www.durangodaybreakrotary.org.

Herald Staff