GoldenGirl: Jen Maurer rocks the accordion during Mo’ Mojo’s show in Buckley Park last week. The free concerts run through July 28./Photo by Jennaye Derge


Purg names new VP of operations

Purgatory will have a new face at the helm of operations this winter. The resort announced this week that Ed Youmans, most recently of Mount Hood, Ore., will take over as vice president of mountain operations. He succeeds Mike McCormack, who stepped down this spring after 34 years with the resort...read more


Doubling down

County returns with road and bridge tax, adds airport tax to November ballot
by Tracy Chamberlin 

Election season is heating up with one national party convention under way, and the other starting next week. Things are also moving fast in Southwest Colorado...read more


Move over Sundance

Bow Wow Film Festival returns to benefit Humane Society
by Jen Reeder

Durango must be one of the best places in the country to have (or be) a dog. We have so many trails to explore – not to mention a 23.6-acre dog park with the Animas River running alongside it. Many businesses around town not only welcome canine shoppers but keep doggie treats behind the counter....read more


 

Day in the Life: The sound of music

Rockin’ out at Durango’s summer outdoor concerts

by Jennaye Derge

 
 

Mountain Exchange

Crested Butte hits tourism sweet spot | Aspen’s boom times slow just a bit | Yellowstone and Teton visitors up...read more

The Pole: Got beard?

If you’re looking for your big break, or just want to skip work next Thursday, listen up. The Four Corners Film Office has put out a cattle call for local men – preferably of the facially hairy variety – as extras in a turn-of-century (as in 19th) documentary. Filming takes place in town Thurs., July 28. But there are a few catches. ...read more


La Vida Local: Beauty and the beast

by Luke Mehall

As I write this, creeping up on deadline, my friend Shaun and I are driving back from Wyoming, having just emerged from the Wind River Wilderness. My story is already late, and Shaun is signing papers for his new house in Gunnison in less than 24 hours. (Yeah, his wife is really cool for letting him go.)..read more


 

Top Shelf: A mentor and a friend, Old Blue Eyes & Split Lips

by Chris Aaland

One of Durango’s most influential citizens died last Wednesday when brain cancer took Fort Lewis College President Emeritus Joel M. Jones from us. He was 78 and battled the disease for the past 18 months....read more

 


Flash in the Pan: Sex, drugs and gazpacho

by Ari LeVaux

In high school, I was the cook at a small Harvard Square Café called the Blacksmith House. Today, one would probably need a culinary degree, not to mention a high school diploma, to suck on the rarified air of that closet of a kitchen. But this was the 1970s, before the food revolution, and you didn’t need any special training to pronounce, much less prepare, the dishes on the menu. ....read more


Haiku Movie Review: ''Bad Neighbors 2"
by Lainie Maxson

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