Friend of the Arts event has room for 50

Durango Friend of the Arts will host the Third Annual Artists Market on June 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Santa Rita Park.

Categories are painting, sculpture, metal, photography, collage, jewelry, printmaking drawings, glass, pottery, leather and fiber.

Registration fee is $50, and space is limited to 50 and will be reserved as applications are received. Details and applications for artists are available at

This fundraising is in an open-air environment, and all DFA profits will be returned to the arts in Durango.

Builders accepting scholarship applicants

The Four Corners Builders Association is accepting applications for the 2014 continuing education scholarships.

Two scholarships will be given out in May.

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, education transcript, and plans for the future. Applications are due by April 25.

Send your application to or P.O. Box TL, Cortez, CO 81321, or drop if off at the FCBA office on 303½ W. Montezuma Ave. in Cortez.

Call the FCBA at 565-1771, or email for more information.

Pile burns planned at Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park fire management staff plans to implement a pile burn this month in the park.

The burn will take place on Chapin Mesa with one large pile near the four-way intersection in the vicinity of park headquarters to consume material from fuel-reduction projects.

The pile consists of branches and brush generated from maintaining defensible space around park buildings during the past summer. Fire crews removed encroaching vegetation in order to aid in the management of wildland fires and help the structural fire crew in its efforts to protect park buildings. The project followed guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association’s “Firewise Communities” program, and was developed and funded through the Wildland Urban Interface Initiative in cooperation with the National Fire Plan.

Smoke impact for the project is expected to be minimal. However, visitors may encounter smoke on the roadway during the burn and are encouraged to drive carefully and watch for fire personnel, vehicles and warning signs in the vicinity of the project.

Information: Steve Underwood, fire management officer, at (970) 529-5049.

Staff reports