Thumbin' It

  • A massive wilderness bill pitched by U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, that would protect 740,000 acres, including ancestral Puebloan ruins in Western Colorado
  • Strong tourism numbers – and the money they bring in – with almost 100 percent occupancy at most Durango hotels over the Fourth of July holiday, increased visitation at Mesa Verde and plenty of bookings for the extended rafting season
  • San Juan County Sheriff cracking down on two out-of-town off-roaders – who now face federal prosecution – for tearing up precious and fragile high-alpine tundra near Silverton
  • Talks of cancelling next year's Fourth of July celebration in Silverton due to this year's getting frighteningly out of control with illegal fireworks, a missing 6-year-old girl (thankfully found), and injured firefighters
  • Yet another racist tweet from Trump's Twitter cesspool where he told four prominent House Dems – all women of color – to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came"
  • Two confirmed cases in La Plata County of the vesicular stomatitis virus – a disease that affects cattle, horses and pigs and causes lesions, lack of appetite and even loss of hooves