The Pole

July 8, 2021
A quick update on our friends in Silverton and the most recent spat whether to say the Pledge of Allegiance at town trustee meetings.

Last week, Jonathan Thompson wrote on the town’s latest conflict after Mayor Shane Fuhrman abruptly nixed reciting the Pledge at meetings, inciting an uproar that caught the attention of Rep. Lauren Boebert and Fox News. The fallout even forced Town Hall to close after threats and harassment raised concern for town staff.
July 8, 2021

A young mountain lion just searching for its place in the world, wrongly choosing downtown Durango, was recently relocated to greener pastures to live out its life.

July 1, 2021

If you just can’t go another Fourth of July without fireworks, you have options.

Across Southwest Colorado, communities such as Durango, Silverton and Telluride have canceled July 4 fireworks because of high fire danger, a seemingly yearly necessity. And despite the welcomed sight of rain this week, that risk remains high, with Stage 1 fire restrictions still in place.

But you can still get your firework fix if you’re willing to drive for it.

July 1, 2021

Why spend all that time in the gym drinking Muscle Milk when you could get the same health benefits from simply breathing hard for five minutes? Ok well not exactly, but kind of.

A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association says using a specialized breathing technique for just five minutes may help lower blood pressure and improve vascular health, possibly more than aerobic exercise or medication.

June 24, 2021

“The Red Road to D.C.” is winding through Durango. Next week, the Lummi Nation, of Washington State, will be stopping through town with its 24-foot totem pole en route from the West Coast Washington to the East Coast one. 

June 24, 2021

Need a makeover for the front and back of house? Food Network is currently looking for Colorado restaurants interested in appearing in its reality series “Restaurant: Impossible,” hosted by Chef Robert Irvine. Now in its 19th season, the show is premised on Irvine revamping restaurants to restore them to prominence and profitability in just two days with a budget of $10,000. 

June 17, 2021

This should go without saying but open fires or flammable activity of any kind is a bad idea right now. Both the San Juan National Forest and La Plata County enacted Stage I fire restrictions this week. Open burning is banned on all lands in unincorporated La Plata County as well as national forest lands. The bans prohibit:

June 10, 2021