Local Briefs

How to provide kids with school supplies

School supplies will be collected Saturday from 7:30- 11:30 a.m., south of the Cortez Farmers Market at the corner of First and Elm. The supplies will be divided among the Montezuma-Cortez schools, including Battle Rock and Southwest Open School.

This drive helps students and teachers who spend large amounts of their money to buy supplies for students whose families can’t afford them. Les Rogers has agreed to permit supplies to be dropped off at the parking lot of his offices, Les Rogers, C.P.A.

These are the most needed items :expo low-odor dry erase markers and erasers for white boards; copy/printer paper (for work sheets, art work, tests, instructions, notices, etc); No. 2 pencils, small pencil sharpeners, pencil-top erasers, other erasers; single-subject spiral notebooks; composition books; 1-inch, 3-ring binders and loose leaf paper (college or wide-ruled) and dividers; construction and graph paper; colored pencils; pocket folders (with or without clasps); highlighters; glue sticks and school glue; Post-it notes, Scotch tape and dispensers; Kleenex; hand sanitizer; wipes; healthy non-perishable snacks.

For more information, contact Judy Schuenemeyer at judyswsc@q.com or 565-7837.

Cortez Cultural Center hosts code talker

National Code Talkers Day is Thursday, and the night before, the Cortez Cultural Center will host code talker Samuel Sandoval at 8 p.m.

The center will mark the event with cake and coffee.

Code talkers used obscure languages to communicate secretly during wartime. The term is now usually associated with the U.S. soldiers during World War II who used their knowledge of Native American languages as a basis to transmit coded messages.

There were 400 to 500 Native Americans in the Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages. Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages.

The name “code talker” is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater.

Goal Academy holding open house

Goal Academy Goal Academy will hold a back-to-school open house on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. at its location at 19 N. Maple St. in Cortez.

Goal Academy is a free, public, fully accredited online/blended learning High School serving students aged 14-21. It’s accepting applications and enrolling via its website www.goalac.org, or by calling 970-213-0923 or 970-412-0630.

Elks gearing up for Oktoberfest

Cortez Elks 1789 is gearing up for the 9th annual Oktoberfest celebration to be held Oct. 11.

The event is open to the public and will include a golf tournament, autographed sports items silent auction, authentic German food and much more.

All proceeds will benefit Elks projects.

Local and surrounding businesses are requested to donate items for the auction or be a golf sponsor. For more information, contact event chairman Lynn Gann at 970-565-7423 or club manager of at 970-565-3557.

M-CHS Class of 1964 plans 50-year reunion

The M-CHS Class of 1964 will hold its 50-year class reunion on the weekend of Sept. 5-7.

There will be a get-reacquainted picnic on Friday evening, Sept. 5 at the home of Dick Donahoo, 813 N. Market in Cortez.

Bring a beverage and a lawn chair. Visiting and happy hour will be from 4:30-6 p.m., followed by a picnic. Food will be purchased from the class account. On Saturday, class members will meet at Koko’s on East Main, with a cash bar at 5:30 and dinner at 6 p.m.

Cost of the dinner is $22.44 per person. Please have your reservation for dinner in to Donahoo in advance at his above address. Friends of the class of ’64 are welcome to stop by.

Information: Call Dick Donahoo at 565-7755.

Firewood permits for sale in the region

Fuelwood permits are on sale at the Forest Service/BLM offices in Durango, Bayfield, Dolores and Pagosa, as well as at Kroeger’s Hardware in Durango, City Market in Cortez, Dolores Food Market and Cox Conoco in Mancos.

Cut Ponderosa pine logs are decked on Grouse Point Road (FS 390) and McPhee Park area (off of the Dolores Norwood Road).

Back Country Horsemen plan meeting

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday 7 p.m. at the PineRiverSeniorCenter in Bayfield. Guests are welcome.

Chad Moore will be there to answer questions about brand inspections.

The Four Corners Back Country Horsemen works to perpetuate commonsense enjoyment of public lands by horsemen and pack stock users.

More info: www.4cbch.org or Pat Amthor at 970-382-0980 or pamthor2014@gmail.com

The Cortez Journal