If you think town seemed strangely busy this summer despite a pandemic going on, you’re right. The Durango Business Improvement District recently released La Plata County sales tax numbers for July, indicated a big bump for local retail.
It’s time to hoist those tattered, duct-taped ski pants up the flagpole and run ’em at half mast. In case you haven’t seen the eulogies pouring out across mountainland, Powder is dead. Of course we’re talking about the iconic 48-year-old publication, revered as "the Bible" by ski bums and soul skiers for its exceptional photography, realistic reflection of ski-town life and endless pursuit of fresh tracks.
If you’re worried about returning to the climbing gym or crag for fear of touching the same holds hundreds of others have touched, hold onto your harnesses. Researchers at CU have found that climbing chalk kills the coronavirus.
But don’t go grabbing for any old chalk. The magical virus-killing properties apply only to 80-percent ethanol liquid chalk. For the study, a team at the University of Colorado tested “Secret Stuff Hygienic” liquid chalk, made by Denver-based Friction Labs.
Needing a festival fix? Pour your favorite microbrew and settle into the camp chair for four days of virtual Telluride Blues & Brews, Sept. 17-20. Each day, the festival features archived sets streamed on KOTO radio from noon – 5 p.m. followed by video sets from 5-9 p.m. on www.tellurideblues.com. The evening schedule includes:
Patagonia, the outspoken climate change warrior, is at it again – albeit a bit more subtly this time. The interweb is abuzz this week with photos of a Patagonia label whose underside discreetly reminds the wearer to, “Vote the assholes out.”