The current drought might spell a river of sorrows for boaters this spring. But, if you happen to be of the optimistic variety – and let’s face it, most boaters are – now’s the time to bust a move for the upcoming season’s permits. To help get you in the mood, both the Dolores River Boating Advocates and 4 Corners Rivers Sports will be hosting their annual permit parties.
It’s hard to think about spring while winter has barely started, but the Four Corners’ other favorite springtime two-wheeled competition is just around the dusty singletrack corner. The 12th annual 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, the famed 12-hour endurance race at Phil’s World, takes off, Le Man’s style, Sat., May 13.
Learn about the original bad asses of the ski world next Tuesday, when Durango Nordic presents “A Legacy of Skiing: The 10th Mountain Division.” The talk will be presented by Durango’s own three-peat Nordic Olympian and history buff, Mike Elliott, and gets under way at 6 p.m. at Pine Needle Mountaineering, 835 Main Ave.
And speaking of skiing around in the dark, Durango Nordic is once again hosting its weekly Wednesday night romp around Purgatory starting next Wed., Jan. 10. This is the second year for the races, formally known as the McDonald's Twilight Nights series, which features four weeks of racing for skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers. The series culminates with the super fancy Snowdown Triathlon on Jan. 31.
The battle over whether wheels should be allowed in wilderness continues. The latest in that long-simmering argument is a letter signed by 133 conservation groups submitted last week to a congressional subcommittee. The letter opposes a move currently afoot to allow bikes and other wheeled, nonmotorized vehicles into wilderness.
And speaking of shopping, the City of Durango has narrowed it down to three finalists in the re-naming of the North Main corridor as part of its newly launched “Districts Initiative.” And the finalists are (drum roll, please): North Main; Uptown; and Animas City.