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Courtesy of the city of Durango

This photo shows the lift station pumps that are clogged with baby wipes.

Deadline for Knights scholarship is April 18

The deadline to apply for the 2014 Knights Memorial Scholarship is April 18, 2014.

The scholarship is open to any member of the Montelores Catholic Community who has graduated or will graduate this year from a local high school and who plans to enroll or is enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institutions.

Directions and applications for the scholarship are available at the Montelores Catholic Community Office, 28 E. Montezuma, Cortez. Applications also may be downloaded on the Montelores Catholic Community website, or can be emailed by calling Bill Hagen at 882-2370 or 560-2426.

Library offers free books for 4-year-olds

Four-year-olds are invited to stop by the Cortez Public Library between April 7 and April 21 to and receive a free book courtesy of the Colorado State Library.

One Book 4 Colorado, now in its third year, will give out the same book, over 75,000, across Colorado. The book giveaway is part of a push for early literacy in the state.

“One Book 4 Colorado is the result of collaboration between the Office of Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Serve Colorado, the Denver Preschool Program, Reach Out and Read Colorado, the Colorado State Library, public libraries, the private sector and the foundation community. It is modeled after the successful Preschool One Book One Denver program originated by the Denver Preschool Program and presented by Denver Public Library, and Reach Out and Read Colorado. Both programs are premised on the idea that providing young children with access to quality books promotes early literacy and helps families serve as their children’s first and most important teachers.”

The library is at 202 N. Park St., Cortez. Call the library at 970-565-8117.

Fort Lewis offers writer’s workshop

Fort Lewis College Continuing Education is offering a Writer’s Workshop titled ‘Make Good Writing Great!’ on Tuesdays from 6: to 9:, April 29 through May 27.

In a casual, relaxed setting, with brown bag suppers welcomed, students will learn to analyze effective writing, to recognize the qualities that separate great writing from adequate writing, and to develop the skills to take their own writing to a higher level. Specific strategies will be introduced, discussed, and applied to enjoyable assignments in each class.

Instructor Lynn Kuntz’s credits include five books for children, a feature family film, and magazine and newspaper articles for a variety of publications.

Kuntz has received a number of awards, including a Dallas Press Club Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Journalism’ and a Colorado Authors League award for ‘Best Children’s Book of the Year’.

Information: 970-247-7385.

Crow Canyon offers scholarships

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers an opportunity for teens seeking summer experience that will look good on a college application. Some participants will be able to attend on scholarships that will help cover the costs of tuition, room and board.

Students participating in Crow Canyon’s Middle School Archaeology Camp, High School Archaeology Camp, and High School Field School excavate alongside archaeologists in the field, analyze artifacts in the lab, visit archaeological sites, and discover the rich cultural history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest.

The camps offer a rare opportunity for students at the pre-college level to perform on-site archaeological work.

Archaeology camp students will work at the Dillard site, Crow Canyon’s current excavation site and the focus of the Center’s Basketmaker Communities Project.

The site is an ancestral Pueblo community center dating from the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 500–750), a time of rapid population growth and social and technological change. Crow Canyon and the Dillard site will be featured on a PBS Time Team America episode on Aug. 26.

Scholarships are available, including several for local and American Indian students. Deadlines vary by program. For information about Crow Canyon’s teen camps and scholarships, including application forms and application deadlines, visit, call Greg Harpel at 970-564-4346 or e-mail

Baby wipes bring sewer to a standstill

It’s already a dirty job, but the amount of cleansing wipes clogging up Durango’s sewer system has the department begging for relief.

Premoistened wipes are less dissolvable than regular toilet paper, city workers are spending more time and money cleaning the city’s sewer system and fixing equipment. With the situation reaching epic proportions, Utilities Director Steve Salka is pleading for residents to stop the flushing.

The wipes jam sewer pumps and also binds with grease people pour down sinks.

Durango city workers recently removed about 300 pounds of grease and wipes from the sewer service line connecting the Durango Welcome Center on Main Avenue.