SunnySideUp: An heirloom mammoth sunflower towers into the sky at the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, one of the gardens showcased in last weekend’s Tour De Farms put on by The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado./Photo by Jennaye Derge


Throwing a lifeline
Community relief fund helps impacted workers stay afloat

by Missy Votel

When the Gold King Mine disaster struck on Aug. 5, it didn’t just leave weekend warriors in the lurch. Hundreds of workers who rely on the river for a steady paycheck suddenly found themselves out of a job indefinitely. more


Rent comes due at DAC
Iconic rock opera takes to local stage

by StewM Mosberg

Many readers know that the 1996 Tony Award-winning play “Rent,” as well as the 2005 film version, is loosely based on the Puccini opera “La Bohème.” Yes, both have starving, down-on-their-luck artists, love, tragedy and lots of songs – but the similarities stop there.

Day in the Life: Velo Veggies

by Jennaye Derge


Flash in the pan: Totally tomatoes

by Ari LeVaux

Tomatoes are the locavore’s original talking point. No other fruit or vegetable is as starkly inferior to its local counterpart as a long-distance tomato, most of which are picked green and gassed with ethylene to turn red. ... read more


Top Shelf: Brewfest, Hard Working Americans and Dirty Kitchen

by Chris Aaland

We were hesitant to let Otto play football. After working in collegiate athletics for more than 20 years, I’d seen the good, bad and ugly of the sport, from players who ran afoul of the law to hard-working, disciplined kids who used football to springboard into successful careers as educators, bankers and doctors. The desire for little boys to strap on a helmet and pads is a powerful force, so we more


La Vida Local: Dignity negotiable with deposit

by Zach Hively

So I have to move. It turns out I live in a so-called “illegal dwelling unit” in the county. At first, I was irate that the county could dictate what my landlords do with their own basement, especially because I’m not a problem tenant. I don’t own an excess of cars landscaping the neighborhood vistas. I considerately close the windows whenever I’m rehearsing the electric guitar past midnight. And I have not even attempted cooking meth.... read more


Ask the diver: Michael Ackerman


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by Lainie Maxson


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