Benefit day at DMR targets Durango Devo
The final Locals Benefit Day of the season will be Sunday at Durango Mountain Resort.
Discounted lift tickets will be sold Sunday with a portion of the proceeds going to Durango Devo, the youth cycling development program.
Adult lift tickets will be $40. Tickets will be $32 for seniors and students; $25 for children.
Reminder: Lift hours have been moved to 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accommodate spring weather.
Durango Devo partnered with Durango Mountain Resort to build a base area bike park at Purgatory.
A new beginner bike park will be created at the base area this year through the collaboration of Durango Devo, Durango Mountain Resort and Trails 2000.
Other benefit days at DMR this year provided funds for the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence, Community Connections and the Durango Film Festival.
Proposals solicited for outfitter, guide services
The San Juan National Forest Pagosa Ranger District is soliciting proposals from prospective outfitter-and-guide operations interested in acquiring permits for providing guided commercial services to the public.
Opportunities to provide commercial services include big game and mountain lion hunting, a backcountry fishing camp, horse trail rides, backpacking and day hiking, and Piedra River rafting.
Information about the process will be offered at an open house to be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pagosa Springs Community Center. The Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center also will be present to offer information and services for business plan development.
The deadline for application is close-of-business June 1. Selection of applicants will be made by Aug. 1. The prospectus document and application materials will be available at www.fs.usda.gov/main/sanjuan/passes-permits/event-commercial. Applicants are asked to download the application packet from the wbsite.
For more information, call 264-2268.
Fishing licenses are now on sale
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers that fishing licenses for the 2012-2013 season are on sale at license agents, Parks and Wildlife offices, online and by phone.
The 2012 license season begins April 1 and runs through March 31, 2013. The new Colorado Fishing brochure also is available where licenses are sold and at www.flipseekpubs.com/publication/?i=99616. A Colorado fishing license is required for anyone age 16 and older who fishes in Colorado. An annual fishing license is $26 for Colorado residents and $56 for nonresidents. Seniors 64 and older who are residents of Colorado can purchase an annual fishing license for $1. Five-day and one-day fishing licenses also are available.
For more information, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/.
Road Scholars help at heritage center
Eight Road Scholars participated in an educational service trip with the McElmo Canyon Research Institute to inventory boxes of Ancestral Puebloan artifacts at the Anasazi Heritage Center and expand their knowledge of the cultural heritage.
The group hand counted, recorded and repackaged more than 6,000 individual potsherds in archival materials. The inventory helps preserve fragile artifacts and makes information more accessible for scholars and researchers, while providing new material for future exhibitions. The Road Scholar participants were supervised by Anasazi Heritage Center and McElmo Canyon Research Institute staff.
For more information, visit www.roadscholar.org.
Some BLM lands remain closed to public
The Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement officers have reported a number of trespasses within the Grandview Ridge and Animas City Mountain closures.
To protect critical wildlife habitat, these closures took effect Jan. 31, and will remain in place no later than April 15.
Areas open to the public adjacent to Durango include the Horse Gulch and Raiders Ridge areas, Fort Lewis College Rim, Durango Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and Junction Creek/Colorado Trail west of Durango.
Maps of the closure area may be obtained from the Durango Public Lands Office, 15 Burnett Court. The areas affected by this closure are posted with signs and/or physical barriers.
For more information or to report violations, call 882-7296.