Cortez, SJMA work together on kids projects

SJMA is working with Cortez Parks and Recreation and Trout Unlimited, Dolores River Anglers chapter, to bring educational programs to children, ages 5-10 attending the Playground Days summer day camp. We’ll be teaching kids about everything from water, to water conservation, water bugs, fish anatomy and culminating in a fishing day on the Dolores River.

These programs take place for 1 hour (10:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.) on Wednesdays, June 18 - July 16, with a longer commitment on July 23, and we need volunteers to make this a success.

Outlines, brief training and materials are all included. Contact Gabi for more information at or 970-759-1170. A background check is required and is paid for by the City of Cortez.

Volunteers needed for Dolores River Festival

Volunteers are needed for the KSJD Dry Land Saloon at the Dolores River Festival on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Volunteer assignments include pouring beer and rum punch, handling money or helping with logistics.

The shifts for June 7 are: 8-11 a.m.; 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 2-5 p.m.; 5-8 p.m.; and 8-10 p.m.

The beginning and ending shifts also include set-up and take-down and are much-needed. Plan to attend the Volunteer Meeting in the Sunflower Theatre at KSJD, including pizza and soft drinks, on Wednesday, June 4, from 5:30-7 p.m.

KSJD volunteers get free entry to the festival ($15 value) and get one free drink after their shift ($5).


Navajo Park announces programs

Navajo State Park, 1526 County Road 982, Arboles, will offer these programs:

Introductory archery for kids, ages 8-12, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sambrito Wetlands Nature Area. Equipment will be provided. The class concentrates on range rules, safety rules, range courtesy and fundamentals of archery. The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow or who have some previous experience. Children should wear sturdy shoes and be dressed appropriately for the weather. Sign-up is required.

A hike along the Lake View Nature Trail will take place at 9 a.m. Sunday. This one-mile hike will begin at the Visitors Center and follow the old railroad grade to Windsurf Beach.

A hike on the Sambrito Wetlands Trail will take place at 9 a.m. June 8. Hikers will gather at the trailhead in the northwestern section of the park. To reach the trailhead, leave the main entrance and turn left on Colorado Highway 151 and travel about five miles. Before the town of Allison, turn left onto County Road 988 and continue to the end of the road. Participants should bring water and a day pack, binoculars, camera and wear clothing and footwear suitable for an easy to moderate hike on dirt trails. All ages are invited.

For more information or to sign up, call 883-2208.

Crow Canyon launches research institute

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has launched a research institute that will create opportunities for archaeologists and scholars from other disciplines to collaborate on innovative projects.

Mark Varien will serve as executive vice president of the institute.

For more information, email Varien at or call 564-4351.