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Episode 2: Local authors

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

Though they tackle varied genres, local authors Chuck Greaves, Anna C. Swain and Scott Graham’s are all driven by a common influence: the location and stories of Durango and the Four Corners. These three storytellers are joining together this week to share their stories of inspiration during Durango Diaries, The Durango Herald’s twice-a-month speaker series. Chuck Greaves may be best known for his crime fiction series featuring Jack MacTaggart, but his stand-alone novels, like “Hard Twisted,” available under the name C. Joespeh Greaves, provide insightful literary takes on true crime. Greaves has been a finalist for most of the major awards in crime fiction. Anna C. Swain launched her book career during sleep-deprived late night feedings of her newbornAt the urging of her husband, Swain wrote down her rhymes launching a path in self-publishing with the children’s book “Animas Animal Adventures.” Scott Graham is the author of the National Park Mystery series, featuring Chuck Bender and his wife, Janelle Ortega. The most recent in the series,“Yosemite Fall,” was released earlier this summer. In addition to his fiction novels, he is the author of five nonfiction books.

Episode 1: Firefighters
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Local firefighters share stories of what they experience while battling fires. Storytellers include: Kara Chadwick, supervisor for the San Juan National Forest, began her U.S. Forest Service career in 1985 working on fire and timber crews in Montana and Idaho for the Kootenai National Forest. She's been in the Durango area for more than four years. Lorena Williams is a wildland firefighter. She has spent 14 seasons with the U.S. Forest Service in capacities ranging from wilderness and recreation to heli-rappel and dispatch. She currently works at Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch on the San Juan National Forest. Greg Childress serves as a captain with the Durango Fire Department. A veteran firefighter, he helped battle the 416 Fire this summer.

Episode 10: A Portrait of the Artist
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Creating art is difficult, time-consuming and a labor of love. Durango artists share why and how they continue to pursue the craft.

Episode 9: Motherhood
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Motherhood is tricky, funny and and oh so rewarding. For Mother's Day, local mothers and daughters share tales of motherhood and of growing up with a great example.

Episode 8: Immigration
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Immigration is a hot-button topic in today’s political environment. Local immigrants and those who work with related support systems share their stories.

Episode 7: Craft Beer
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Craft brewing has a long history in Durango, Colorado. Brewing experts share their years of experience brewing (professionally and at home), judging beer and growing hops.

Episode 6: Hozhoni Days
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Today’s speakers include Fort Lewis College professors Dr. Kay Holmes and Dr. Kathleen Fine-Dare and FLC students Miss Hozhoni Natalia Sells and Wanbli Ota president Alyssa Tapaha, discussing the popular event put on by the college.

Episode 5: Skiing in the San Juan Mountains
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
One of the best parts of living on the Western Slope is the easy access to plentiful skiing opportunities. Residents discuss the history of skiing in the San Juans and how our local slopes came to exist.

Episode 4: Legal marijuana and teenagers
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018
Raising teenagers is never simple, but things get a bit more complicated when they are told not to use drugs in Colorado, a state where recreational marijuana use is legal for adults.

Episode 3: Love Stories
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
For Valentine's Day 2018, two Four Corners couples share their stories of falling in love at first sight and a couples counselor talks about some of the tricky situations he's seen in his years helping couples.

Episode 2: Snowdown
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Snowdown, Durango's original winter festival, takes a huge team to put together each year. Those who work tirelessly to put on the playful event discuss the magic behind the scenes and how it all comes together.

Episode 1: Home in Durango
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
In our inaugural episode of Durango Diaries, we take a look at the history of Durango, what residents are doing to improve day-to-day life and a look at what our future holds.

Episode 3: Durangos cuisine scene (click here to add this to your Facebook events)
6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Sponsored by Wagon Wheel Liquors

Storytellers include:

Katie Burford
Katie Burford worked as a journalist for 13 years in the U.S. and Latin America before leaving the field to start a business making ice cream. Her shop, Cream Bean Berry, turned 5 years old this spring. She has two boys, Leo, 12, and Rex, 10, who eat a lot of ice cream. She is working on a book about her experiences titled "Rocky Road."

Marcos Wisner
Marcos Wisner began his restaurant career in high school working internships at Carvers and East by Southwest. After high school he landed a job in New York City at Masa, followed by a job as a chef de partie for Jean George. Marcos has worked at Eleven Madison Park, Noma, The Restaurant at Meadowood, a pop-up dinner series he created and his own food truck, The Box. He is the owner of 11th Street Station, a food truck collective and bar.

Sean Clark
Sean Clark joined the Steamworks Brewing Co. team in 1995 as part of the original crew. He began his foray into food at the age of 16 as a part time job in the restaurant business. After college, he became certified by the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Hes the driving creative force behind El Moro Spirits & Tavern and is the executive chef and managing member of both Steamworks and El Moro.

Episode 4: Anne Hillerman (click here to add this to your Facebook events)
6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio

Storytellers include:

Anne Hillerman
Anne Hillerman continues writing the mystery series her father, best-selling author Tony Hillerman, created in 1970. The fourth in her re-envisioning of the mysteries, Cave of Bones, debuted as No. 8t on the New York Times best-seller list for combined hardcover and e-book sales. She lives and works in Santa Fe.

Frank Lister
Frank Lister is the owner of Time Traveler Maps which creates companion maps for the novels written by Tony and Anne Hillerman. Lister lives in the Mancos Valley.
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Episode 5: Media insight: Youth suicide project
6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018
Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
A panel of Herald reporters and editors will discuss the solutions-based project looking at youth suicide in La Plata County that ran in The Durango Herald in late September.
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Episode 6: Raising extraordinary children
6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Storytellers TBD, will include local parents who have raised children who have gone on to accomplish some amazing things.
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Episode 7: Future of farming
6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018
Florida Grange, 656 CO 172, Durango
Storytellers TBD
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Episode 8: Future of farming
6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29
Marvel Grange, 2147 Co. Road 133, Hesperus
Storytellers TBD
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