Fort Lewis to graduate 41st class
Fort Lewis College will graduate its
41st baccalaureate class this Saturday, May 1, at Whalen Gymnasium.
Joe Shirley Jr., president of the Navajo Nation, will deliver the
commencement address to the 577 graduating students.
Fort Lewis College
President Robert Dolphin, Jr. said that he is delighted to welcome
President Shirley. "His leadership and commitment to educating
tribal members and our heritage in educating Native Americans makes
his presence today as our speaker of particular significance to
Fort Lewis College and our students."
Dolphin said that since
taking office as the sixth President of the Navajo Nation, Shirley
has shown his commitment to serve the Navajo Nation and its people
by giving power back to them. His presidential record shows a
commitment to innovations in education, technology and economic
"Our children can obtain
the best education available, so they can stand on their own and
provide for their children and our grandchildren while retaining
our valued traditions, language, lands and sovereignty," Shirley
said in a recent address.
Ceremonies will take
place at 9 & 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, and Shirley will deliver
the commencement address at each. Receptions will follow at the
Student Life Center.
In other Fort Lewis
College news, members of the faculty recently elected Assistant
Professor of Exercise Science Jim Cross as faculty representative
to the Board of Trustees. Cross will begin serving his two-year
term at the start of the 2004-05 academic year. Cross will replace
Professor of Art Susan Moss, who served in that position since the
inaugural Board of Trustees began governing the college on Sept. 1,
is an honor and the faculty has embraced me with open minds," Cross
said. "I look forward to representing the faculty to the board and
representing the board to the faculty."
In 2002, Colorado Gov.
Bill Owens approved the creation of a stand-alone Board of Trustees
for Fort Lewis College. The trustees make policies for the college
and oversee its operation.
Counterfeit bills arrive in Durango
The Durango Police Department is
warning area merchants and banks to be on the alert for counterfeit
bills being circulated in the Durango area. Twenty-eight
counterfeit bills have been reported in Durango since October of
last year. Sgt. Tony Archuleta said that number definitely marks a
"I'd say it's more than
usual," he said. "Usually we don't get too many counterfeit
Archuleta said that the
numbers indicate that bills likely are being produced locally or in
"The number of bills
we've gotten indicates that they probably are being produced
somewhere in the region," he said. "We've had 28 of them since
October, and they've seen quite a few up in Grand Junction and Mesa
Archuleta said the
Durango Police Department encourages merchants to look for the
watermarks, micro-printing and colored fibers and said that
counterfeit-detection pens likely will not work on the bills.
People suspecting that they have received a counterfeit bill,
should handle it as little as possible and contact the police
department at 385-2930.
Telluride Ski & Golf taps new CEO
More changes are afoot in nearby
Telluride. Chuck and Chad Horning recently purchased the majority
share of the Telluride Ski & Golf Resort and now they have
imported a new chief executive officer to head the
Raymond Jacobi will
oversee all aspects of resort operations, sales, marketing and
management as well as the overall growth and development of
properties. Jacobi comes to Telluride with more than 28 years of
hospitality experience, most recently serving as chief operating
officer of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, a global hotel company
based in Dallas. Jacobi's other experience has been with higher-end
hotels including the Phoenician in Scottsdale and the Waldorf
Astoria in New York City.
"We are continuing our
emphasis on providing and enhancing the overall guest experience,
and Ray is the ideal fit for this company," Chad Horning said. "Ray
is a proven hospitality veteran and has overseen the operations of
several hotel, restaurant and resort entities with professionalism
Jacobi started his new
position April 19 and said he is looking forward to moving his wife
Ashley, 13-year old son Jason, and Havanna, a Jack Russell terrier,
to Telluride in early June. Jacobi said, "I am excited to be part
of this well-regarded resort and community."
Today profiles Smiley Building
Fresh on the heels of hosting
Durango's 4th annual Earth Day celebration, the Smiley Building
received national recognition this week. Brothers John and Charles
Shaw and Charles' wife, Lisa Bodwalk, the founders of the local
arts cooperative, were featured in a cover story in Solar Today magazine, a prominent, alternative
Solar Today is the official publication of the
American Solar Energy Society and is distributed to nearly 10,000
subscribers nationwide. The article focuses on the Shaws' and
Bodwalk's renovation of the abandoned middle school into a
solar-powered community arts center.
"If the word
revolutionary' can be applied to something 68 years old, then the
efficient, solar-powered Smiley Building is exactly that," opens
the article by Scott Graham.
Graham goes on to detail
the building's conservation and solar energy innovations mentioning
solar thermal panels, a photovoltaic array, high-efficiency
boilers, motion detectors, compact fluorescent lighting, low-flow
faucets, tubular skylights, on-demand water heaters and wastewater
"We do have a plan to
produce all of our own energy," John Shaw commented. "Right now
we're producing about 40 percent of our electricity and 30 percent
of our heat by solar power."
Charles Shaw added,
"We're still on track for that. Our target is in approximately five
years from now to be able to do that. I don't see that as a
Charles noted that the
reason the Smiley Building landed on the cover is the homespun
nature of the renovation.
"I think what they
recognized is the difference between us and a lot of other stuff,"
he said. "They're mostly dealing with multi-million dollar
projects. They seemed pretty attracted to the fact that it was the
three of us doing it on a small budget and making it pay for
John said that the trio
was pleased to see the article and is looking forward to the buzz
it will generate.
"We're really proud of
the article and proud of the building and it's nice to get some
national recognition," John said. "A big part of Smiley is getting
the word out about solar energy and conservation and having it in
the magazine really helps accomplish that goal."
Charles agreed, saying,
"I hope it rubs off on some people."
compiled by Will