Columbine Christian students Aniya Brant, left, and Aspen Phelps, right, hold out an earthworm in a clump of mud while digging a hole for a ponderosa pine seedling at Vallecito Reservior on Monday. /Photo by Jennaye Derge


The endless winter: Wolf Creek opens for weekend

Forecast calls for foot-plus in San Juans

With snow falling since Tuesday, and more on the way, Wolf Creek Ski Area announced today it will be extending the ski season, yet again. The ski area will open the Alberta, Elma, Treasure Stoke, Bonanza and Nova lifts Sat., April 30 - Sun, May 1, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Lift tickets will be at the Local Appreciation rate of $43 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for children, no I.D. required. ...read more


Time winds down for LPEA ballots

Votes in three of four district races due Fri., May 6

by Missy Votel

It’s election time again for the La Plata Electric Association Board of Directors, with members being asked to weigh in on the fate of three open seats by next week. ...read more


A story of waste & hope

(and worms)

by Joy Martin

Welcome back to our snapshot of La Plata County’s local food landscape. If you were around for the first course in the series, you’ll remember we visited a few farmer-restaurant collaborations and checked out the win-win scenarios of community supported agriculture....read more


Garden of delights

McCarson Jones showcases secret sanctuaries

by Stew Mosberg

Local photographer McCarson Jones is probably best known for her sensual pictures of women as well as tantalizing images of culinary fare. However, another less familiar subject she adores is gardens; serene, hidden-away spaces that provide respite for weary souls...read more


Day in the Life: Up from the ashes

Repairing the scars from the Missionary Ridge Fire
by Jennaye Derge



Mountain Exchange

Colorado museums are a hard sell | Whistler looks to China for growth | What’s on minds of the Millenials? ..read more


The Pole: Meet the new boss

There’s a new hand on the shovel at Trails 2000. This week, the local trails advocacy group announced long-time local Larry “Reed” Myers is taking the helm as the new Crew Boss. Myers, who has lived and played in La Plata County since 1978, joins the nonprofit to help further its mission to plan, build and maintain the area’s 300-plus miles of trails....read more



La Vida Local: Thank you for a funky time

by Missy Votel

By now, you’ve probably been Purple Rained out by a million MTV marathons, viral tributes and Facebook sendoffs for Prince. And far be it from me to add to the chorus – is there anything I can say that Oprah, Obama or the Queen haven’t already said? Well, possibly. Especially since the Queen issued no formal statement (word is there’s no relation between the two.) ...read more


Top Shelf: Purple majesty, blues prodigy & kings of the Hill

by Chris Aaland

I’ll admit it: I never was a huge Prince fan during my formative years, although I somehow managed to buy copies of “1999” and “Purple Rain” on vinyl during the ‘80s. MTV and Top 40 radio must’ve made an impression. ...read more


Flash in the Pan: Fishing for complements to herring

by Ari LeVaux

When I was a small fry, vacationing at the Youth Hostel on Martha’s Vineyard, my family spent an afternoon paddling up Herring Run Creek. When we reached shallow water and got out to push, we noticed our shins were bumping against fish. ..read more



Ask the Diver: Joey from Velorution Cycles

Interesting fact: Donald Trump is actually an alien robot sent to destroy the human race before we can get competitive on the interstellar front



Haiku Movie Review: 'Hell & Back'
by Lainie Maxson


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