Local Briefs

Curation tours at Anasazi Heritage Center

The Curation staff at the Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center will host weekly “Behind-the-Scenes” tours of its curation and collections management facility on Thursdays from May 1 through Oct. 30. Tours are open to the public and are free with the cost of admission to the AHC. Federal recreation pass holders and people under 18 enjoy free museum admission.

Tours will take place every Thursday at 2 p.m. Space is limited. Participants should reserve a place by calling 970-882-5600 during business hours. Tours are limited to adults and upper-age children.

The tour provides a chance to understand why artifacts are preserved, and how curation supports ongoing research. Each tour lasts about one hour.

The AHC is one of three federal repositories for archaeological materials managed by the BLM.

The AHC is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through October. For more information, contact the museum at (970) 882-5600, or see its website at www.co.blm.gov/ahc

Archaeologist to discuss kivas

Susan Ryan, Ph.D., director of archaeology at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, will speak on Thursday, May 6, about “New Approaches to Architectural Analyses: Ancestral Pueblo Kiva Production in the Northern Southwest.”

Her presentation – part of the Four Corners Lecture Series – begins at 7 p.m. at First Methodist Church, 515 N. Park St., Cortez. It’s hosted by the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society.

Ryan will summarize analyses of Pueblo II and Pueblo III kivas in the San Juan region to address how these structures were produced and what their features reveal about social structure, social identity, and community integration in the ancient Pueblo world.

Information: Kari Schleher, Crow Canyon laboratory manager, at (970) 564-4397

McPhee Reservoir operations meeting

The Bureau of Reclamation will hold an operations meeting Tuesday May 6 at the Dolores Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

Topics include a summary of the 2013 operations and 2014 anticipated operations.

The Dolores River Boating Advocates will discuss projects and events relating to the Dolores River. There will also be updates on the national conservation area legislation, the Lower Dolores implementation Plan, and fish-sampling efforts on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam.

Mercy offers free prediabetes education

People diagnosed with prediabetes are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Effectively managing prediabetes can help prevent diabetes. In fact, studies have shown that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be significantly reduced through weight loss and exercise, which have been shown to be more effective in managing prediabetes than medication alone.

Anyone identified as having prediabetes is invited to attend a free class by Sheena Carswell, CNS, BC-ADM, and Marge Morris, RD, CDE. Attendees will learn how to manage prediabetes and help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

The class will be held Thursday, May 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. in suite 140 of the medical office building at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

To register, contact Jan Wesley at (970) 764-2720.

Who says there is no free lunch?

The Target Tobacco Action Group in partnership with the Piñon Project is hosting a free lunch Wednesday, May 21 at the Piñon Project for anyone who is currently using tobacco and thinking about quitting. During lunch there will be testimonials from former tobacco users and discussion about support and encouragement available for anyone seriously thinking about quitting tobacco.

We can guarantee support, good food and fun. This could be one of the most important dates of your life.

For more information call the Health Department at 565-3056, ext. 245.

Funds available for Learning Challenge

The Preschool Special Education Team announces the availability of Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds to support personnel and agencies serving children birth to age 5 with disabilities.

Available funds target eligible applicants enrolled in, or recently graduated from, higher education, licensure and certification programs in disciplines with known shortages and in geographic areas in which employers are unable to recruit or retain endorsed early intervention and preschool special education personnel.

Grantees can use funds for scholarships for tuition, loan repayment, recruitment and retention programs.

Applications are due by May 22, 2014, at 4 p.m.