DUD Race coming to Durango
The Animas River Days DUD (Down Up Down) Race will be staged at 2 p.m. June 13 in Durango.
Durango Parks and Recreation and Backcountry Experience invite teams of three to register for the event, held in conjunction with the annual Animas River Days.
The three-way race starts with a ducky race down the Animas River from Memorial Park to Santa Rita Park.
From Santa Rita, the second teammate runs back up the Animas River Trail to Backcountry Experience to meet the third teammate. Teammate No. 3 will head back down the river trail on a scooter. The finish line will be at Santa Rita Park.
The ducky portion of the race is approximately 3 miles. The run and scooter legs of the race are approximately 1.5 miles each. Registration is open at the Durango Community Recreation Center. The registration fee is $15.
Teams are responsible for acquiring their own ducky, paddle, helmet and PFD. Duckies are available to rent at a discounted rate from Southwest Whitewater.
Teams also are responsible for purchasing or building their own nonmechanized scooter.
Scooters made by Mountain Boy Sledworks are available at Backcountry Experience (in limited numbers).
For more information, contact Heidi Schaiberger at 375-7306 or email@example.com.
Elk Research Institute picnic coming June 13
The Elk Research Institute will hold its fourth annual picnic from 3 to 7 p.m. June 13 at the preserve, five miles south of Hesperus.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tours of the preserve will leave every 20 minutes by horse-drawn wagons or safari truck. The tours offer close-up views of the bull elk in velvet, cows and new, spotted calves. Picnic and raffle tickets are available at Goods for the Woods in the Centennial Plaza in Durango. Tickets also are available by calling 749-4647.
Seniors Outdoors! schedules activities
Seniors Outdoors! announces the following activities:
Today, there will be a hard hike on the Goulding Creek Trail to the Hermosa Creek Trail via the Jones Creek Trail. Meet at 8 a.m. at Animas City Park. Contact trip leader
Bill Cagle at 385-4566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also today, the "SO! Ladies Fridays a Field" will hike the Vallecito Creek Trail with a moderate and a hard option. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center.
RSVP to Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or email@example.com.
On Monday, there will be a moderate hike on Larkspur Lane with an early turn-back option. The hike will start at 9 a.m. RSVP to Betsy Petersen at 259-5417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, the Wednesday Wanderers will take a moderate hike in the Sale Barn area. Meet at 8:15 a.m. at Santa Rita Park. No RSVP needed.
On June 12, there will be a hard explore/bushwack hike in the upper Hermosa drainage. Hike begins at 8 a.m. Trip leader is Bill Cagle, 385-4566 or email@example.com.
The Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen and the U.S. Forest Service will present a number of horsemanship and packing clinics this summer.
The first clinic, Mountain Horsemanship, will be held Monday through Friday at Stone Peak Ranch in Ignacio. The program addresses safe mountain riding.
Participants will use their own horses. The fee is $235 for Four Corners Backcountry Horsemen members and $275 for others.
On June 13, the seminar will be held on Low Impact Stock Use and Camping at the Vallecito Ranger Station in Bayfield.
This clinic is free to members, with a $10 fee for others.
On June 15-19, there will be a five-day Packing Skills Intensive Training session at Vallecito Ranger Station. The program is free to Forest Service participants with a $150 fee for others. Participants will use a USFS pack string for practice.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Testa at 259-1581 or Don Kelly at 769-6342.
A Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp is no longer required to enter State Wildlife Areas, according to the Division of Wildlife.
New state legislation has redesigned the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program that provides funding for wildlife habitat conservation.
Anyone buying a hunting or fishing license in Colorado is still required to purchase a stamp.
Non-license buyers may continue to purchase stamps as a way to contribute to wildlife conservation. Purchase of a stamp also provides search-and-rescue benefits.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife owns 230 State Wildlife Areas that total 370,000 acres.
The San Juan Mountains Association will offer its Kids Hiking Club for ages 8-12 this summer. The club will meet on most Wednesday mornings, June through August.
Hikes will take place outside Durango and will vary in length to accommodate different abilities. Children need to have sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear, snacks and water. Preregistration is required. There is no fee.
For more information, contact MK Thompson at 759-9113 or visit www.sjma.org.
KILLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A long-awaited proposal to build a ski village at Killington is getting a cool initial reception.
SP Land Co.'s plan calls for the construction of up to 3,554 housing units on the 408-acre development over the next 20 years. But Town Planner Dick Horner says more specifics are needed on the road network, parking and wastewater drainage systems for the village, the Rutland Herald reported.
SP Land Co. President Steve Selbo and planning consultant Julie Beth Hinds told the Killington Planning Commission on Wednesday that approval of the framework of the project was needed first.
In 2007, SP Land - a real estate developer - and Powdr Corp. purchased Killington from American Skiing Co. for $85.2 million.
CHAMONIX, France (AP) - Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion who had been training to become a mountain guide, died last week in a climbing accident on Mont Blanc. She was 31.
Ruby was roped to other climbers when she and some members of the group fell into a deep crack in the glacier on the way down the mountain, Chamonix police official Laurent Sayssac said.
A 38-year-old man from the Paris region died in the fall, and a 27-year-old man was evacuated by helicopter with serious injuries and hospitalized, Sayssac added.
French Prime Minister Francois Fillon called Ruby an "exceptional sportswoman."
"Karine incarnated the emergence of snowboarding in France," Fillon said in a statement. "The people of France will hold on to the memory of her talent and her joie de vivre."
Ruby won a gold medal in the giant slalom at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and a silver in the parallel giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. She was a six-time world champion with 65 snowboard World Cup victories.
She retired after the 2006 Torino Olympics, where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the snowboardcross event. Ruby had since been working toward becoming a mountain guide and was expected to finish her training in the coming weeks.