Ear to the ground:

“It’s the new Colorado state flower.”
– Local remarking on the oft wafting smell of cannabis

Nat’s Kiva

The memory of Natanya Joy Mallin-Jameson will now live on, not just in the hearts of friends and family, but in a kiva constructed near the Lion’s Den, on the Fort Lewis College Rim.

Natanya, who grew up in Durango and graduated from Fort Lewis College, died in 2014 of a rare form of cancer. She was 27.

“We are building a dry stack stone structure on the trail east of the Lion’s Den,” her father, David, said in an email. “It’s a relationship building chamber.”

The kiva was built using funds raised for Natanya’s alternative medical care, which insurance did not cover. “She died before much of the funds could be utilized,” said her father. “So, this is her and our gift back to Durango’s generous and compassionate community.”

A dedication of “Nat’s Kiva” will take place with an “Open Kiva” from 1-5 p.m., Sun., July 17 at the Lion’s Den Park, across from the Hillcrest Golf Clubhouse. Mariana’s Authentic Asian Cuisine will be on hand, selling food. 

Still Berning

OK, so Bernie Sanders kind of, sort of endorsed Hilary Clinton on Tuesday. But, his fans are not giving up so easily.

Next week, there will be two chances for local Bernheads to show they’re still feeling the Bern– and wear their Bernie shirts proud.

Starting on Thurs., July 21, there will be a fundraiser to help send local Sanders delegate Root Routledge to the Democratic National Convention, July 25-28, in Philadelphia.

The “Root for Bernie” happy hour(s) takes place from 5-7 p.m. at The Red Snapper (144 E. 9th St.) Proceeds from two “signature Bernie drinks” will go toward helping to cover Root’s expenses, and appetizers will be half-price.

Then, on Sun., July 24, Sanders supporters will gather for a “Still Sanders” march, from 2 - 4 p.m. The march will begin at Durango High School and end at Fassbinder (Triangle) Park at 17th Street, where a rally and dessert potluck will follow. (Those bringing dessert are encouraged to drop if off at the park ahead of time.)