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Climate group to host training workshop

Citizens Climate Lobby will hold a training workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s Church, 910 East Third Ave.

All are welcome. A potluck will be held at 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP, email durango@citizensclimatelobby.org or call 259-0385.

Hunters, anglers can voice opinions

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Southwest Region invites hunters and anglers to offer their ideas and opinions about wildlife issues at a Sportsmen’s Roundtable.

The meeting will be held by video teleconference from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the CPW office in Durango, 415 Turner Drive.

The meeting is part of the statewide program to give the public an opportunity to discuss wildlife issues with agency leaders.

Patt Dorsey, southwest regional manager, will lead the meeting. Also attending will be local wildlife managers and biologists.

Updates will be provided on statewide and regional issues facing the agency; big game, including deer, elk, bears and mountain lions; regional aquatic issues; youth education; and hunter recruitment efforts.

The agency also wants comments about big-game hunting, fishing and other wildlife-related issues.

For more information, call 375-6708 or e-mail joe.lewandowski@state.co.us.

Locals win awards for wildfire mitigation

FireWise of Southwest Colorado announces that neighborhood ambassadors in La Plata, Archuleta and Montezuma counties are recipients of national wildfire mitigation awards.

The awards are the highest commendation for the innovation and leadership displayed by people and groups committed to wildfire preparedness and mitigation.

The awards are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Forest Service.

Les Kole of Deer Valley Estates in eastern La Plata County and Peggy Beach of Loma Linda subdivision in Archuleta County were awarded the Community Wildfire Preparedness Pioneer Award.

Eight FireWise ambassadors from East Canyon (Elk Stream and Elk Springs ranches) in Montezuma County received the Wildfire Mitigation Innovation Award.

Of 12 national awardees, six were from Colorado and three from Southwest Colorado.

Awards will be presented March 9 at the IAFC Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada.

FireWise of Southwest Colorado will honor the local recipients at its March 15 meeting.

Herald Staff

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