News in brief

Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:53 PM

Vacancy open on school boardBayfield School District is accepting applications for a director position on the board of education. Please email letters of interest and qualifications to by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 27, or drop off letters at the administration building at 24 Clover Drive in Bayfield.

Beekeeping basics at Pine River LibraryLooking to get started as a home beekeeper? The Pine River Garden Club will host a talk on the Basics of Beekeeping from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the library. Come learn what to buy and what is necessary (as opposed to what is available) to get started with bees. Attendees will also learn how to help bees thrive and the flowers they love, as well as some of the pitfalls of beekeeping and the importance of keeping away from using pesticides in your garden. This class will be taught by Paula Nelson and Jacqui Day of the Southern Colorado Beekeepers.

For more information on the beekeeping program and the Pine River Garden Club, call the library at 884-2222, ext. 510.

Ignacio Community Library holding eventsIgnacio Community Library will host Legos and Wii gaming at 2 p.m. every Monday in July and Augst.

Come enjoy some summer creativity and fun on Monday afternoons at the library with our assortment of Legos and games on the Wii.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday July 10, the library will show Wonder, a 2017 movie about the story of August Pullman, a boy born with facial differences, and his extraordinary journey to unite his friends, family, and community.

A special event for the Summer Reading Program will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Michael Casey, a motivational musical performer, will join us as he shares about growing up with the same rare syndrome as the character from the film Wonder.

A free legal clinic is from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 13 via Skype with a volunteer attorney. Please call ahead to reserve your appointment at 563-9287.

CDOT to offer forum on MondayColorado Department of Transportation will host a telephone town hall forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, to give area residents an opportunity to discuss transportation issues.

The forum is open to residents of Alamosa, Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Dolores, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Montezuma, Montrose, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan and San Miguel counties. CDOT personnel will provide information and answer questions from residents about transportation needs, projects, funding and other initiatives in South-Central and Southwest Colorado.

CDOT offers a text-to-register feature that allows residents to receive an automated phone call that will connect them to the meeting when it starts. To register a mobile device to receive the automated call, text "CDOTSW" to 828282. Residents can also join the meeting by calling (877) 229-8493 and entering "112034" when prompted.

For more information, visit

Exchange program seeks host familiesWorld Heritage Student Exchange Programs is looking for American families to host high school students from European, Asian, former Soviet Union, Middle Eastern and African countries.

These academically select exchange students speak English and are eager to learn about the U.S. by living as part of a family for an academic year and attending high school.

Exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year. Each World Heritage student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. At the same time, the student will be teaching their newly adopted host family about their own culture and language.

To become a host family or find out more about World Heritage, contact Courtney Wade, at (720)-209-1145 or (866)-939-4111, email at or visit

Hay being sold to horse owners in needThe drought has caused a hay shortage from lack of irrigation water and, as a result, local providers have limited resources and are forced to sell hay to horse owners at higher costs.

To combat the shortage, two-strand bales of hay are being delivered from northern Colorado, and a Go-Fund-Me account was created June 11 to defray costs. Donations have helped reduce prices, and hay is currently available to horse owners in La Plata County at $12.75 per bale. Hay is a mix of brome, orchard and timothy, and each bale weighs 60 to 70 pounds.

To make arrangements to purchase hay or to help with distribution, call or email Kathy Sherer at 884-2355 or Horse owners who inquire must be residents of La Plata County and will be placed on a list to receive hay. Those who are most in need of hay will be supplied first.

To make a donation and help reduce the cost of hay, visit