Naturalist guides needed at DMR
Naturalist guides are needed this summer at Durango Mountain Resort.
The San Juan Mountains Association guides lead nature hikes on Tuesdays and Saturdays at DMR throughout the summer. The hikes will run from 10 a.m. to noon.
Individuals can volunteer for one or multiple days. Volunteer training is provided.
The main training for the season will be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information, contact Dabi Morey of the San Juan Mountains Association at 385-1256 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durango Nature Studies is offering its field trip program to organizations looking for a place to take their children this summer.
On days when DNS Camp is not in session, organized groups can sign up for a field trip at the Nature Center.
Field trips will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include organized games and hikes.
A DNS staff member will lead each field trip.
Groups must provide their own transportation and lunches.
For more information, call Sally Shuffield of DNS at 769-1800.
The Colorado Division of Wildlife is looking for young hunters to participate in a special big-game hunting event Oct. 2-4 in Hesperus.
Hunters ages 12-17 can gain experience by participating in the eighth annual antlerless mule deer hunt at the 7,000-acre Colorado State University Research Center.
The hunt is limited to 10 hunters.
Rifles and other hunting gear will be provided to those in need.
Prospective hunters must have a hunter-safety card.
The hunters will be accompanied by experienced adult mentors in the field.
The event will start Oct. 2 with shooting practice and instruction from DOW staff. The young hunters will hunt during the next two days.
The deadline to apply is July 1.
For applications and information, contact the DOW Durango Service Center at 247-0855.
The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Southwest corner of Albertson's parking lot for a moderate hike to the base of the Twin Buttes with the option to bushwack to the top of the east butte.
Long pants are recommended for the hike.
The hike crosses DOW land, and a permit is needed or proper identification if you are not required by age to carry a permit.
Please carpool for the hike, as trailhead parking is at a premium.
For more information, contact Ray Walker at 382-7662 or email@example.com.
CHAMONIX, France (AP) - Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion who had been training to become a mountain guide, died recently 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 said.
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.