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Wildland firefighters invited to be guests at ‘Fire Wars’

By Sally High
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy CEFF “Remains of a River” follows two kayakers from the headwaters of the Colorado River to its end. The mighty Colorado no longer has a mouth. It ends, dries up in the desert before it reaches the Pacific Ocean. See “Remains of a River” and other films at Pagosa’s Environmental Film Festival, July 26 and 27. Tickets at Pagosagreen.org.

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“Remains of a River” follows two kayakers from the headwaters of the Colorado River to its end. The mighty Colorado no longer has a mouth. It ends, dries up in the desert before it reaches the Pacific Ocean. See “Remains of a River” and other films at Pagosa’s Environmental Film Festival, July 26 and 27. Tickets at Pagosagreen.org.

Wildland firefighters around the Four Corners, all Forest Service personnel and all other firefighters are invited to be guests of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership and view “Fire Wars” free of charge.

“Fire Wars” will be shown at 11 a.m.  Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, during the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan.

“Fire Wars” examines forest management and fire policy through the experiences of the Arrowhead Hotshots, one of the original expert fire crews formed by the National Park Service in 1981. The two-hour documentary will be shown at Pagosa’s downtown Liberty Theater.

How do we say thank you to the wildland firefighters who put their lives on the line to protect our lives and property? This small gesture is not sufficient. Citizens seldom share the depth and breadth of understanding demanded of our fire fighters and forest managers.

The Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan is traveling from Golden to Pagosa Springs to help fund construction of the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership’s first greenhouse in Centennial Park. Films will be shown in Pagosa’s downtown Liberty Theater all day Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27. Fourteen films will be shared with film enthusiasts.

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a greenhouse park in Pagosa Springs. The GGP’s mission statement is multifaceted: Harness renewable solar and geothermal energy to grow safe, affordable food for local people; provide an attraction for visitors year round; create educational opportunities; nurture local business and create jobs; cultivate community pride, and develop economic vitality and sustainability.

To learn more about the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership or to purchase tickets to the Colorado Environmental Film Festival Caravan, go to Pagosagreen.org.

Festival schedule

Friday, July 26.

11 a.m. Session 1 — 2 hours, 9 minutes.

“A Road Through the Woods.”

“Fire Wars.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

2 p.m. Session 2 — 1 hour 46 minutes.

A Day Without Water 1 and A Day Without Water 2.

“Remains of a River.”

“A Grand Threat.”

“Wild Things.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

4 p.m. Session 3 — 1 hour 50 minutes.

“El Agua de la Tierra.”

“Watershed: Exploring a New Ethic for a New West.”

“A Grand Threat.”

“Wild Things.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

6 p.m. Session 4 — 1 hour 41 minutes.

“A Road Through the Woods.”

“The Last One.”

“Waking the Green Tiger.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

8 p.m. Session 5 — 2 hours.

Film enthusiasts enjoy Riff Raff Brewery’s great beer in the Back Room Wine Bar’s back room. Enjoy the Pagosa Green Environmental Art Exhibition. Join in for relaxation, a reception, refreshments, discussions, drawings for door prizes from generous Pagosa Springs merchants and artisans, a silent auction of a one-of-a-kind repurposed antique Garden Cupboard, delicately painted in a delightful–botanical theme by a local artist.

Saturday, July 27.

11 a.m. Session 6 — 2 hours 9 minutes.

“A Road Through the Woods.”

“Fire Wars.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

2 p.m.  Session 7 — 1 hour 48 minutes.

“A Grand Threat.”

“A Road Through the Woods.”

“The Last One.”

“Waking the Green Tiger.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

4 p.m. Session 8 — 1 hour, 31 minutes.

“A Road Through the Woods.”

“The Last One.”

“El Agua de la Tierra.”

“Rooted Lands/Tierras Arraigadas.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

6 p.m. Session 9 — 2 hours.

“Wild Things.”

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.”

“Irish Folk Furniture.”

8 p.m. Session 10 — 2 hours.

Back Room Wine Bar and patio will host discussions of the festival’s thought-provoking films. Enjoy the Pagosa Green Environmental Art Exhibition in Back Room’s gallery. The silent auction concludes at 10 p.m. Come downtown and bid on a one-of-a-kind repurposed antique Garden Cupboard, delicately painted in a delightful botanical theme by a local artist.

Buy your two-day wristband at www.pagosagreen.org.

This story was posted on July 18, 2013.