Thumbin' It

  • Durango athletes making splashes on the international sports scene: Riley Amos winning the U23 World Cup cross-country race; Christopher Blevins making the U.S. Olympics mountain bike team; and Zachary "Bug" Lokken making the U.S. Olympic team for canoe slalom.
  • The city of Durango adding 245 acres of open space in the Horse Gulch area, preserving parts of the Meadow and Telegraph trails and paving the wa­­­y for the Durango Mesa plan.
  • Wolf pups discovered in Colorado for the first time since the 1940s, less than a year after voters approved the reintroduction of wolves into the western part of the state.
  • Inescapable heat in Southwest Colorado that has people in the region panic-buying air conditioners at Home Depot instead of the old favorite, toilet paper.
  • "Extremely critical" fire warnings issued on the Western Slope for the first time in 15 years along with a blanket of smoke over the area from nearby fires.
  • The U.S. hitting an estimated 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, more than any other country, according to a John Hopkins University report.