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Habitat for Humanity volunteer spotlight: Maddie Van Duzer

Maddie Van Duzer was the crew leader for 12 young adults participating in the AmeriCorps NCCC program who spent 12 weeks on the Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County build sites in the summer of …

By Marcy Mitchell Aspire Medical Services and Education May the 4th be with moms.    Whether you are a mom, grandmother or a fan of moms, come out to the Yamaguchi Park and …

Continental Divide Trail partners, communities gearing up for another season of activity

The month of April marks the beginning of the height of the season on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT), with locals and visitors alike flocking to get outdoors as temperatures rise and snow begins to melt. 

DUST2 announces dates and programming for 2024

As spring sets in, DUST2 is gearing up for its 2024 programming. 

Rio Grande National Forest to discuss 2024 wildfire season

Join Doug Currie, forest fire management officer for the Rio Grande National Forest as he talks about the local fire season outlook and how he is preparing for it at the upcoming Forest Specialist Series presentation.

Weminuche Audubon Society to hear about area forest birds

At this month’s meeting of the Weminuche Audubon Society, Herb Grover will discuss the findings of the citizen science, forest bird monitoring project volunteers from our chapter have been conducting. 

Volunteer opportunities available at Chimney Rock National Monument

Yes, it is already April. The countdown to opening day at Chimney Rock National Monument on May 15 has begun. 

Prescribed burns planned for Pagosa Ranger District

The San Juan National Forest’s Pagosa Ranger District is planning to conduct prescribed burns starting in April. Burning operations may take place over …

The basics of a solar eclipse

The natural world is wondrous to behold. In a given day, there is no shortage of events to capture human attention and imagination, and such occurrences are free of charge. A solar eclipse is …

Volunteer opportunities available at Chimney Rock National Monument

Why do I volunteer for the Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA)? It is fun and rewarding.   I love archaeology and learning about the first Americans, especially the Ancestral …

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Chimney Rock works to preserve stories in the sky

Efforts to obtain International Dark Sky Park certification for Chimney Rock National Monument continue, including partnerships with local organizations and dark sky-focused updates to the monument kiosk and visitor center, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Environmental Protection Specialist Kenar Houghton explained in an interview.

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San Juan National Forest acquires V Rock private land inholding

The San Juan National Forest recently acquired 160 acres of elk and mule deer habitat within an important migration corridor on the Pagosa Ranger District. 

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Town moves closer to purchasing 12-acre property

On March 21, the Pagosa Springs Town Council moved one step closer to purchasing a piece of land near Tractor Supply, known as the Goodman property, at 229 U.S 84. The land is about 12 acres in size and borders the backside of the town-owned Reservoir Hill Park.

Roads, trails remain impassible on San Juan National Forest

The San Juan National Forest’s roads and trails remain largely buried under snow. Wet, muddy areas where snow has begun to melt are easily damaged by hikers, bikers, horses and vehicles.

Prescribed fires planned for Columbine Ranger District

The San Juan National Forest’s Columbine Ranger District is planning to conduct several prescribed burns between late March and early May.

Eighth annual field science day for held for fifth-graders

Last Friday, fifth-grade students from Pagosa Springs Middle School (PSMS) gathered at Mary Fisher Park at the base of Reservoir Hill to spend a day in the field rotating through activities representative of different natural resource careers.

Swans

Swan Solo (or Swanie) swims alongside its new companion in Pinon Lake this week. The new swan’s arrival has received a lot of attention, with many hopeful Swan Solo has found a mate. Residents …

Lunar eclipse will take place March 25

The lunar eclipse on Monday, March 25, will be visible in North America from 1 to 5 a.m.   It will be a penumbral eclipse, which means the moon’s disk will only darken slightly when …

Participants invited for April 21 Earth Day Celebration

This notice comes to you from the Earth Day Planning Team sponsored by the Southwest Organization for Sustainability. We are deep into planning for the 2024 Earth Day Celebration on April 21 to take …

The San Juan Stargazers will hold their next monthly meeting on Thursday, March 7, to answer questions about the April 8 eclipse and see a video and discuss “Exploring Mars, from Space and the …

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