Thumbin' It

  • A win for bookworms and lovers of the written word, with voters approving funding measures for both the Southwest La Plata County and Pine River library districts in this week's election
  • A nearly 40 percent drop in the suicide rate for La Plata County so far this year, down from 13 deaths in 2018, and 19 in 2017, according to the state health department and county coroner
  • The U.S. House of Representatives passing a bill to protect Chaco Canyon's historical and sacred sites from oil and gas leasing
  • President Trump formally withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, under which nearly 200 nations have pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and help poor countries cope with effects of an already-warming planet
  • Fire season extending into November in Southwest Colorado, with fires popping up in Durango, Cortez and near Missionary Ridge this week
  • The death of New Mexico hip hop artist and activist Wake Self, aka Anthony Martinez, an outspoken opponent of drunk driving who was killed, tragically, by a drunk driver with two previous DWIs