business Briefs

Bealls supports Special Olympics

Bealls raised close to $900 for the Cortez Special Olympics during March.

Customers were invited to give small donations of between $1 to $10 and received coupons in exchange. Bealls also donated matching funds.

All the stores owned by Stage Stores, including Bealls, selected a local cause to support during March. Across the country, about $900,000 was raised for local charities.

The store staff decided to focus on the Special Olympics during the fundraiser.

“We met together as a team to discuss groups that are near and dear to our hearts,” said store manager Jennifer Hermanns.

The store plans to do another fundraiser in the fall, and Hermanns has plans to do four community fundraisers each year.

“I feel that it’s important to support the community that’s supporting you,” she said.

Piñon Project in Cortez given $2,500 grant

The Piñon Project in Cortez has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation.

CARHOF is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that promotes safe and affordable housing in Colorado. Funds are donated to organizations that provide housing and related services for moderate to low-income Coloradoans. The revenue collected goes back to the community from which it was generated, and each local association of Realtors determines which organizations to fund in their community. The Four Corners Board of Realtors will be hosting a garage sale at Century21 West Slope Realty on May 17 to fund the local grants from CARHOF.

Southwest eSchool accepting enrollments

The Southwest Colorado eSchool (SWCeS) is accepting enrolments from regional students for the fall semester. Students enroll for full-time study and can earn an eSchool diploma. Students may also consult with their current school counselor if they are interested in a blended learning model involving both face-to-face and online coursework.

The SWCeS is a public online school serving secondary students grades 7-12. Enrollments are open to any student from the nine districts of southwestern Colorado spanning Dove Creek to Pagosa Springs. The school is a service of the San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services.

The SWCeS is offering summer school courses starting June 2 for middle school and high school. The courses run on a credit-recovery model. Registration runs through the month of May.

The school will host Information Nights across the region during the month of May:

May 12, 5 p.m. at the Cortez High School Library.

May 13, 5 p.m. at the school’s Durango and Dolores Learning Centers.

May 15, 5 p.m. via online webinar.

May 22, 5 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School Library.

For more information, visit the school’s website at or call 970-403-0946.

SWCC student art show planned Wednesday

Art students at Southwest Colorado Community College’s west campus will be honored with a show and reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.

The public is invited to attend and visit with the students about their work in the Student Commons area at the college, 33057 U.S. 160, seven miles east of Cortez. Refreshments will be served.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the drawing students for their best work during the semester. The art includes pencil and colored pencil drawings on a variety of subjects. Art teacher Bryan Kyle will introduce the students and discuss their work. The community is invited to attend and support the students in their efforts. This is the first art show since the art program has been revived.

This summer, two art classes will also be offered, a watercolor class taught by Henry Woolbert, and an Art Sampler class which will allow students to choose one month of basic sculpture and/or one month of beginning clay with Kyle. Another sculpture class will be offered in the fall with Kyle. These classes are open to the general public, as well as college students earning credits towards a degree.

SWCC plans open house for education

An open house to showcase career and technical education at the west campus of Southwest Colorado Community College will be hosted at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at 33057 U.S. 160. Refreshments will be served.

Faculty from health careers in Medical Assisting, Nurse Aide, and Emergency Medical Services along with technical programs Cosmetology, Welding and Automotive Service will be available to explain degree options and tour their facilities, labs and shops.

The general community and high school students and their parents are invited to attend to find out what SCCC has to offer. Enrollment is now underway for summer and fall classes. The SCCC west campus is located seven miles east of Cortez, the former San Juan Basin Vocational Technical College building. For more information, please contact 970-564-6200 or Pat Flores, College and High School Relations, at (970) 247-2929, ext. 7223.

Belly dancers plan local appearances

Local belly dance troupes Troupe Verde and Enchanted Illusions plan to participate in an international event in Cortez and Dolores.

Over 2,300 dancers in 162 cities around the world will be dancing to the same choreography on the same day.

Dancers are promoting awareness and raise funds to battle domestic violence and to raise awareness of belly dance locally.

Funds raised locally will be donated to Renew/Wings Safehouse in Cortez.

The dancers’ tentative schedule is Cortez’ Parque de Vida, 11:30 a.m.; Dolores’ Riverfront Bar and Grill, 5 p.m.; Dolores’ Hollywood Bar, 6 p.m.; and Cortez’ Blondies Trophy Room, 7 p.m.

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