Messy monopoly

Last week, we reported about the Durango Fire Protection District’s plans to relocate to the 9-R Admin building at 12th St. and 2nd Ave.

A major part of that plan was the City of Durango portioning off Buckley Park from the 9-R site. That happened Tuesday night, with the City finagling new property lines that expands the park to include the sledding area.

Now, DFPD intends to close on the sale of the 9-R building and begin an intensive planning process on how a fire station (and possibly police station) would work on the busy corner, which has received considerable public pushback.

In addition, the City continues to work to acquire Buckley. That could include swapping the City’s Carnegie Building on E. 2nd Ave. for Buckley, so 9-R can move its employees there, but nothing is official yet, a City spokesman said.

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A new spin
11/24/2021
A new spin
By Jennaye Derge

Mural at Durango Cyclery catches more than the eye

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Wreckreation vs. wildlife
11/24/2021
Wreckreation vs. wildlife
By Jonathan Thompson / Land Desk

Backcountry skiers, conservationists lock horns over sheep closures in Tetons
 

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Land of too many uses?
11/18/2021
Land of too many uses?
By Jonathan Romeo

Forest Service grapples with grazing, wildlife issues

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Every drop counts
11/11/2021
Every drop counts
By Michael Elizabeth Sakas / Colorado Public Radio

State looks to new rules, tracking devices to measure water use

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Turkey triage
11/24/2021

One Thanksgiving, a few years ago, I sliced my finger on a piece of broken glass while cleaning dishes, requiring a late night trip to Mercy Regional Medical Center’s emergency room to put half of my pinky finger back on.

There, a doctor, making small talk while pumping an alarming amount of anesthesia into my finger, said every year people are admitted into the ER on Thanksgiving for … drumroll please … over-eating. As I waited several hours for the routine procedure of four stitches, and while my partner slept outside in the car with the heat on, I wondered, what is everyone else doing in here?

Just add snow
Just add snow
11/19/2021

Rain or shine (or snow), Purgatory Resort plans to hold opening day this Saturday. As far as what lifts and trails will be open, we’re still in a state of – if you hate bad puns, look away – purgatory on what that will look like.

Southwest Colorado has received little to no early season snow. As a result, Purgatory Resort has had to rely on its snowmaking capabilities to make good on its target to open Nov. 20.

Shining a light
11/18/2021
In this week’s issue, you’ll find a little hello from our newest music columnist, Stephen Sellers.
Durango Nuggets
11/11/2021

Durango’s Police blotter can be a source of endless entertainment.

People yelling at lamp posts, late night marauders stealing asparagus from home gardens, reports of deadly spirits attacking hotel managers, drunken people atop trees yelling at people down below, a gang of raccoons blocking someone from getting into an old folks home, an unauthorized guy in the middle of Camino del Rio directing traffic. It never disappoints.

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