Volunteer naturalist training opens WednesdayDurango Nature Studies will sponsor its fall volunteer naturalist training Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 for the Children Discovering Nature program.The sessions are 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, with 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. sessions Sept. 11-12.
Naturalists will be trained to lead groups of 8 to 12 elementary school students on weekday mornings in September and October. No previous experience is necessary.
For more information, call 769-1800 or e-mail Sally Shuffield at email@example.com.
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The tour is backed by The North Face and Windstopper. It is the largest international climbing film tour with showings in more than 100 cities around the world.
The local presentation is sponsored by Backcountry Experience. The latest releases from award-winning filmmakers at Sender Films and Big UP Productions will be shown.
Short films from the Reel Rock Filmmaking competition also will be presented. There will be gear giveaways and appearances by top climbers.
For more information, visit www.reelrocktour.com.
The event is a benefit for the new Breast Care Center at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
Additional event details are available at Mild to Wild Rafting at 247-4789.
Bill and Beth Sagstetter will lead the slide show and lecture on the mining camps.
The Sagstetters are a photo/writing team from Denver. They have been researching, writing, photographing and filming subjects in the West and Southwest for 40 years.
They've collaborated on hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, a dozen films and three books.
For more information, call Buck Skillen at 382-8248.
Aggressive cougar killed in WashingtonLEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) - A cougar that was killed as it was attacking a pig is believed to be the same aggressive animal that threatened hikers and forced the closure of a trail near Leavenworth, Wash.
Craig Bartlett of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department said the cougar was shot Saturday in a pig pen by a farmer protecting his property.
The Seattle Times reported an aggressive cougar frightened at least four mountain bike riders this summer on the Freund Trail. The threats prompted the Forest Service to close the trail earlier this month.
Leavenworth is located about 125 miles east of Seattle.