The Pole

May 6, 2021

The good news: electric and hybrid vehicles sales are speeding up in Colorado. The bad news: manufacturers of the SUVs and trucks Coloradoans love have been slow to hop on the EV bandwagon.

April 29, 2021

Looking to add your artistic touch to city streets via perfectly legal means? The Durango Art Brigade (DAB) has announced it will be continuing its popular pop-up public art initiative this summer.

April 22, 2021

You may want to be extra vigilant about not leaving your keys in your car. According to Durango Police, vehicle theft rose 50 percent last year over 2019, with 54 cars stolen in 2020.

April 22, 2021

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be hosting the first of three online sessions on the topic of wolf reintroduction Wed., April 28, from 6-8 p.m. The purpose of the sessions is to provide the Commission as well as members of the public an understanding of what it means to have wolves on the landscape and how experts from other states have approached wolf management.

April 1, 2021

Move over endorphins. According to a new study, we can thank endocannabinoids, our internally homegrown versions of cannabis, for the euphoria we feel during exercise. In the study, which was written up recently in the New York Times, runners still developed the mild intoxication of runner’s high, even if researchers blocked the bodies’ ability to respond to endorphins. 

March 18, 2021

Trails, campgrounds, mountains and rivers weren’t the only outdoor venues teeming with COVID weary recreationists last summer. Golf also saw a huge upswing in participation. According to Hillcrest Golf Course, the local muni saw a resurgence of golf participation last year, with more than 57,000 rounds played in 2020 – a 37 percent increase over 2019. This is more than double the national trend, which saw golf numbers increase 14 percent year-over-year, the largest gain the industry in 17 years. 

March 11, 2021

Hiking and biking season is almost upon us in Southwest Colorado, which brings with it a host of concerns and considerations, not the least of which is co-existing with wildlife. 

Of course, the apex predator at the top of most of our worried minds when jaunting about the backcountry alone is the mountain lion. Perhaps no other animals are as simultaneously feared and revered as the mysterious, large cats.