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July 29, 2021

The year was 2004. George W. was president, Janet Jackson malfunctioned on TV, Lance Armstrong won his sixth Tour, Thomas the Tank rolled onto American screens and “Friends” called it a night. And FLC grad Lainie Maxson bravely stepped up to sell ads at a fledgling alt weekly, The Durango Telegraph.

July 22, 2021
Any starry-eyed hopeful homebuyers may want to stop reading now and flip the page. According to a new report from the Durango Area Association of Realtors, La Plata County median home prices jumped from $422,500 in 2020 to $527,100 in the 2021, a nearly 25% increase. The numbers reflect second quarter, year-to-date.
July 22, 2021

Lovers of Star Wars – the trail, not the movie – listen up. The city of Durango is planning on doing some work on the popular mountain bike trail in Overend Mountain Park, and the time to weigh in is at a public comment hearing next Mon., July 26.

July 15, 2021

As an aside to this week’s feature story about search and rescue, we asked the old timers: What’s the strangest mission in La Plata County Search & Rescue history? Here’s the unanimous answer.

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.