Local Briefs

PBS to feature Cortez ruin tonight

“The Lost Pueblo Village, A Time Team America Presentation,” will air tonight, Aug. 26, at 8 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS (check your local listings.) The show features the Dillard Site, a Basketmaker III site being excavated by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center northwest of Cortez. The show, hosted by Justine Shapiro, filmed on the site about two years ago and tells about one of the area’s first villages.

The Basketmaker III Period, between A.D. 500 to 750, and was a pivotal time in Pueblo history, one that saw the introduction of pottery, the bow and arrow and cultivated beans (corn and squash had been introduced during the earlier Basketmaker II and late Archaic periods). In the Mesa Verde region, the Basketmaker III period was also a time of rapid population growth, which archaeologists believe was largely the result of immigration.

The show is expected to draw 6 million viewers tonight and 6 million online.

Visit www.pbs.org/time-team/home for more information, or to watch the show after it airs Tuesday. Visit cortezjournal.com to read about the Dillard site in Friday’s Cortez Journal.

Backpacking trip for ladies on Sept. 12-14

Enjoy nature lessons and camaraderie on a three-day backpacking trip for ladies ages 13 and up on Sept. 12-14. The trip is rated for novices, but experienced backpackers can enjoy it too. The location will be one of two spots in the La Platas.

Sponsored by San Juan Mountains Association and San Juan National Forest, the trip is free, and free rental equipment may also be available.

Please register by calling MK at 970-759-9113 or emailing MK@sjma.org.

To learn more about SJMA or become a member, visit www.sjma.org.

Awdish earns master’s from Adams State

David Awdish of Cortez graduated from the Adams State University, Alamosa, in the spring 2014 commencement on Saturday, May 10, in Plachy Hall.

Awdish received a master’s degree in counseling – clinical mental health.

Adams State awarded 275 graduate degrees in the spring ceremony.

Many of the master’s degrees at Adams State are offered online.

Dr. William Lipke, professor of music, provided the music for the ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony for graduates and their guests in the Plachy Hall Field House.

Comedian Josh Blue to appear in Cortez

Join in an evening of laughter starting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Parque de Vida pavilion next to the Recreation Center as the Special Olympics of Cortez presents comedian Josh Blue, winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Buy a ticket in advance for $20 or at the gate for $25, to benefit the Special Olympics of Colorado. Tickets can be obtained at Rocky Mountain One Stop or by calling 565-9249. Music by the band Wake Up Laughing will precede the comedy performance.

The Cortez Journal