BackintheSwing: Don Brown, a volunteer with Trails 2000, digs a hole where he helped plant one of about 600 trees recently at one of the burn areas at Vallecito. Trails 2000 helped kick off the trails season with a party on Earth Day (April 22) at Carver’s./Photo by Jennaye Derge


Trail blazer
City trails plan closes some rides; opens door to others

by Tracy Chamberlin

Whether it’s the mountains, the river or the trails, open space is key to the outdoor lifestyle celebrated by residents and visitors to Durango.

Shining a light on the LPEA election
Eight vying for four open seats on co-op’s Board of Directors

by Missy Votel

It’s once again election time at LPEA, with eight contenders vying for four seats on the co-op’s Board of Directors. Ballots were mailed Fri., April 24, asking co-op members to vote for a candidate in their geographic district. LPEA’s board is made up of three members representing each of the four districts, which includes 30,000 members in La Plata and part of Archuleta County. Each year, one seat in each district comes up for election, with Board members serving three-year terms.

See Durango run
‘Caballo Blanco’ kicks Running Club’s season into high gear

by Joy Martin

If your kneejerk reaction to the thought of running invokes rolling eyeballs accompanied by the languid wisecrack, “I only run if someone is chasing me,” then read on at your own pace. I pass no judgment on your pedestrian stance.

Good Pickins

by Jennaye Derge


La Vida Local: Gophers Inc., LLC
by David Feela

More than a few gophers excavate on my 3 acres, which is inconvenient, but still preferable to having Kinder Morgan here, because gophers don’t drive pickups with flashing yellow lights, break up the blacktop on county roads, erect tall rigs that flash at the horizon all night, or transport tankers full of dirty water to settling ponds in New Mexico.


Ask the diver:
Emily Ciszek, of Animas Trading Co.




Top Shelf: Meltdown breakdown and Mississippi blues
by Chris Aaland

Ah, the post-fester blues. The 21st annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown came and went last weekend. Even 8-year-old Otto commented Monday that festivals go by quickly. He was sad. So was I. This year’s Meltdown ranks among the finest that the volunteer Board of Directors has ever put on (my highlights are in this week’s Top Shelf list at the end of the column).


Flash in the Pan: The definition of health
by Ari Levaux

The FDA wrote a rather unkind letter to the makers of Kind Bar brand granola bars in March, accusing the company of mislabeling its product. When the letter was posted to the FDA website on April 13, it caused quite a stir. The agency took pointed issue with the use of the word “Healthy” on the labels of four flavors of Kind Bar, and a natural takeaway was that the nut and grain-dense treats might not be as healthy as the company claims.

Haiku movie review: ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby - Her’
by Lainie Maxson


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