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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- Here comes the bus
Durango School District 9-R is getting on the bus – the electric bus, that is. Last week, 9-R announced it won a $328,803 grant for a fully electric school bus and charging infrastructure. The 81-seat bus is expected to be operational by next fall.
- Good QRma
The days of scrawling your name and phone number with a Sharpie on your gear are over. A Boise-based company has come up with a tech-age solution to the age-old problem of lost or yard-saled gear.
For $3.99, Karmik Outdoors will send you a QR code decal for all your most precious toys. The unique code will trace you gear back to you, all with a simple smart phone scan (provided, of course, that whomever finds your flotsam, jetsam and improperly secured roof items is a believer in gear karma in the first place.)
Adding to an already grim year of statistics, last week was the deadliest week of avalanches in the U.S. in more than a century. At least 15 people were killed in avalanches in six states between Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, including three in the San Juans alone.
To help folks better contend with this season’s treacherous and unprecedented conditions, Friends of the San Juans wants to equip them the best tool possible: knowledge.
- Serving up help
Early in the morning of Feb. 6, local chef Seanan Culloty narrowly escaped an apartment fire with his life and his faithful dog, Bubba. However, Culloty, the head chef at Manna, escaped with little else. To help Culloty get back on his feet, friends and co-workers are hosting a GuFundMe page. The money will be used to help Culloty replace his belonging as well as with a deposit and first month’s rent on a new apartment.