Deadline nears to apply for a spot on fair board

The deadline is nearing for anyone interested in becoming a Montezuma County Fair Board member.

The board is looking for people who are willing to work together to organize county fair events, contests, and exhibits in order to make the fair a community event. Two of the openings are four-year terms, and one is a two-year term.

People should submit a letter of interest to the Extension office, at 109 W. Main, Room 102 in Cortez before 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5.

For more information, call 970-565-3123.

Membership for 4-H Shooting Sports is open

The Montezuma County 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Range will be open to the public for membership effective Aug. 29.

The cost is $35 per member or $45 for a family membership. The membership will run through the end of the year.

To sign up, you must go to the Montezuma County Extension Office to pay your fee and to sign the paperwork.

If you have questions, please call Rusty Hamilton at 529-3499 or the Extension Office at 565-3123.

Mercy to offer free presentation on back pain

Mercy Regional Medical Center invites the community to join fellowship-trained spine surgeons Douglas Orndorff, M.D., Jim Youssef, M.D., and special guest Bill Walton, pro basketball star and Hall of Famer, for a free community presentation on back and leg pain.

Orndorff and Youssef will explain causes of back and leg pain, and Walton will tell his story of chronic back pain and how he got his life back after minimally invasive surgery. The presentation will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Durango DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino Del Rio.

Space is limited: RSVP to Bob at or 970-764-1113.

Cortez Library offers ‘Little Bit of Everything’

“A Little Bit of Everything” is the September theme of the Raising Readers Storytime at Cortez Public Library, 202 N. Park St.

The Storytime program is held every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Older children are welcome to join for a craft at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays.

We also offer a Storytime at the Cortez Farmers Market every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., weather permitting. The Farmers Market Storytime follows the same theme each week as our regular preschool Storytime.

“How I Spent My Summer Vacation” is the subject on Sept. 4 and on Sept. 6. “School Daze” will be introduced on Sept. 11 and Sept. 13. “Outer Space” will be discussed on Sept. 18 and Sept. 20. Storytime will wrap up the month with “Heroes” on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27.

Raising Readers Storytime offers songs, stories, crafts and silliness and uses the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative program. For more information, contact the library at 970-565-8117.

Center makes appeak for type O blood donors

United Blood Services recently gave an urgent appeal for type O blood donors, joining a growing number of blood centers across the country that are encouraging blood donors to step up and help out .

Only 6 percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet patients of all blood types can safely receive it. O-positive is the most prevalent blood type – 37 percent of the population has it – so it is needed in greater quantities.

Local blood drives for September were also announced:

Thursday, Sept. 4 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 515 N. Park, Cortez.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pleasant View Fire Department, 15529 Road CC

The Cortez Journal