Doggy Style: Zeb, the yellow lab of Brian Mauhl and Traci Hall, illustrates why Durango is prime dog habitat with a romp through La Plata Canyon last weekend./Photo by Jennaye Derge


Trailing off
Wildlife concerns cited in new approach to seasonal closures

by Tracy Chamberlin

It’s time to flip the sign on many local trails. Starting Tues., Dec. 1, hikers, bikers and other trail users are going to find some of their favorite treks closed for the season. Deer, elk and other animals head for the lower elevations as the temperature drops and the snow piles up, increasing the possibility of human and wildlife interaction. These unexpected encounters can actually be harmful to wildlife. Trail closures are meant to keep the public safe, and the flora and fauna more


Forward movement on Superfund

SILVERTON – Overcoming several decades of reluctance, elected officials in San Juan County on Monday evening authorized staff members to begin negotiations that could lead to a Superfund designation for several mines.



Creating a buzz
The Bookcase and Barber offers sneak peek into the gilded age of cocktailing

by Missy Votel

Nearly 82 years ago, the Volstead Act was repealed, essentially ensuring every American the pursuit of life, liberty and a good, stiff cocktail. Fortunately, for most of us, the 13 years leading up to the end of Prohibition in 1933 is nothing more than romantic barroom nostalgia. A time of frivolity and a debonair secret society, steeped in the sepia tones of jazz, cigar smoke and sparkling glasses of forbidden more

Day in the Life: Snow bound
Getting an early season winter fix in La Plata Canyon
by Jennaye Derge
Flash in the pan: Soup without tears

by Ari LeVaux

The swap meat began with a round of introductions in which we described our wares. Everyone listened intently, some jotting notes about which products we hoped to score when the action started... read more


Top Shelf: Lessons in gratitude

by Chris Aaland

Giving thanks is difficult for my family this time of year. Four years ago, we lost our son, Gus, just 5½ months old, to a rare strain of the Haemophilus influenzae. Contrary to its name, it isn’t the flu … it’s a strain of a virus that our children aren’t vaccinated for. Fewer than 100 children per 100,000 are affected by it worldwide. Gus was one of those 100 or fewer. Thanksgiving was spent in Children’s Hospital in Denver as Gus was in a coma. He died the next more


La Vida Local: Five (years) on it

by Luke Mehall

“Do you think Durango is the final stop for you?” my co-worker-turned-friend, Peyton, asked me. She was telling me about her plans to move up to the Front Range after she graduated college, and wondered what I would be doing after she left. “I think so,” I said. “Durango is perfect for me.” ... read more


Ask the diver: Trevor Rovert

Insomnia, failure to launch and failure to recycle




Haiku movie review: ‘Trainwreck’
by Lainie Maxson


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