Revved up

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. 

Overall July sales tax revenue showed an increase of 9.3 percent over July 2019. Much of this jump was attributed to retail, which was up 38.8 percent, marijuana up 59.9 percent, and building materials/garden supplies sales, up 14.6 percent. Accommodations were down only marginally at 0.9 percent, essentially flat compared to 2019. 

Unfortunately, the report was not all rosy or status quo. Food/drinking establishments showed a drop of 11.7 percent in July over last year. However, that number does show marked improvement over March and April, which were down 53 percent from the prior year to pandemic closures. 

Year-to-date, revenue shows an increase of 7.9 percent over last year for the county when factoring in a one-time collection in March 2020 from the Mining Industry.

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10/15/2020

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. 

A shot in the arm
10/15/2020

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot, now’s the time to belly up. San Juan Basin Public Health is hosting upcoming walk-up flu clinics open to the general public:  

The last run
10/08/2020

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.

Chalk it up
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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. 

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