Thumbin' It

  • Let the dinking begin. Pickleballers flocked in droves to the opening of Durango's first outdoor pickleball courts Tuesday because, apparently, nobody works in this town.
  • A more empathetic approach to policing, with the LPCSO implementing a program with Axis Health that pairs behavioral health workers with deputies. The Durango Police implemented a similar program in 2021.
  • A win for renewable energy on the West Slope, with Delta-Montrose Electric receiving $72M in federal loans/ grants for a solar array and battery storage that will provide reliable, clean energy source for about 7,000 homes.
  • The passing of a legend this week, with baseball's Willie Mays – considered by many as the GOAT – dead at 93.
  • A horrific wildfire season is rearing its head just to our south, with two fast-moving wildfires in N.M. forcing evacuations and scorching more than 20,000 acres, prompting Gov. Lujan to declare a state of emergency. C'mon monsoons.
  • The Animas may have peaked, but rivers in the rest of the state are pumping, the product of a heat wave and a coordinated release for fish habitat on the Colorado. Since March, there have been nine deaths on state rivers. Be careful out there – tubing season is still a ways off.