Earth Briefs

REEL Environmental fundraiser to be held

The Fort Lewis College Environmental Center will hold its 11th annual REEL Environmental Experience fundraiser Wednesday at the Smiley Building, 1309 East Third Ave.

The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. and screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10, which will directly benefit the Environmental Center.

The event will feature the Sundance and Academy Award-winning documentary “Waste Land.” The film follows artist, Vic Muniz, as he returns to his native Brazil and the world’s largest trash dump to tell the stories of the landfill’s human inhabitants through art.

For more information, call 247-7091 or visit http://envcenter.fortlewis.edu.

Botanical Society to host herb program

Durango Botanical Society will offer “Herbs for the Holidays” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.

People will discover how to use herbs in cooking and crafting for the winter holidays. Historical uses of herbs in celebrations also will be presented. An herbal luncheon of Cinderella’s pumpkin soup, rustic corn muffins, crisp apple fennel salad, enchantment brownies and beverages will be served. The cost is $15 which includes the class, instruction, lunch and take-home craft.

RSVP is required by Nov. 10 to campotter49@gmail.com or call 749-5642.

Mesa Verde to offer free entry Nov. 10-12

Mesa Verde National Park will join all national parks as its waives entrance fees on Veterans Day weekend in recognition of current and former servicemen and women.

All visitors who arrive at Mesa Verde on Nov. 10-12 will be allowed free entry into the park.

For more information, call 529-4465 or visit www.nps.gov/pub_aff/veterans/honor.htm.

Also, Mesa Verde announced it will be open with limited visitor services on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Weather permitting, the park gates and roads will be open; however, Spruce Tree Terrace, the Chapin Mesa Museum, and tours to Spruce Tree House will be closed. Visitor restrooms will remain open.

Solar systems are set for school installation

Small photovoltaic solar systems, 4 kilowatt-hours each, will be going up this week at Pagosa Springs Middle School and Miller Middle School in Durango due to the efforts of members of La Plata Electric Association who contribute to the cooperative’s Local Green Power Fund.

Shaw Solar, based in Durango, won the bid for both installations. The LPEA local Green Power fund will invest $33,200 for the middle school systems.

To sign up for the Local Green Power Fund or for more information, visit www.lpea.coop.

Herald Staff

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