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.
With all this talk of shopping, chances are, your wallet’s already feeling a little lighter. But at least you can feel better knowing it’s not as light as most other Coloradans. According to a new study by SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, La Plata County is one of the financially healthiest places in Colorado.
Flying the friendly skies this holiday season? Well, if you’re trying to pack it all in, and avoid the “skyway robbery” of baggage fees, a startup called Baubax has your solution. Its new line of jackets and hoodies allows you to turn your carry-on into weary-on (sorry.)
Now, there’s a reason to feel good about your bad singing. Next Fri., Dec. 15, the Animas City Theatre will host “Karaoke for a Cause,” a benefit for Cuckoo’s employee Gina Cottom. Cottom, who has been a fixture in the local restaurant scene for years, is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. All funds will be donated to assist her and her family with medical and on-going expenses as she is out of work.
The bad news: it’s not snowing. The good news: it’s great biking weather. So why not take advantage of the optimal off-season conditions and hit the road? To give you even more incentive to get off the couch, registration for the 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic open with a “locals-only” party this Fri., Dec. 1, from 12 noon – 8 p.m. at Mountain Bike Specialists, 949 Main Ave. If you can’t make the party, online registration opens to the masses at 8 a.m. Sat., Dec. 2.