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Q1 was Strong for the Durango Real Estate Market Despite the Pandemic
Apr23

Q1 was Strong for the Durango Real Estate Market Despite the Pandemic

Our little corner of the world continues to grow and change, and the first quarter of 2020 is no exception. While we are in the midst of an unexpected pandemic and stay-at-home order as this is written on April 10, 2020, the numbers from January through March are quite strong. April marked a turning point in our market with the governor’s orders prohibiting property showings, the results of which won’t be seen until we are...

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Earth Day– Fifty years of celebrating the EARTH!
Apr21

Earth Day– Fifty years of celebrating the EARTH!

Today we celebrate 50 years of EARTH DAY!!  The first Earth Day was in 1970.  Over a billion people have mobilized for action in this great environmental effort! THE FIRST EARTH DAY Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. As we prepare to mark 50 years of Earth Day in 2020, let’s take a look at the last half-century of mobilization for action: ORIGINS OF EARTH...

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Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?
Apr20

Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

We asked the experts to answer questions about all the places coronavirus lurks (or doesn’t). You’ll feel better after reading this. When we asked readers to send their questions about coronavirus, a common theme emerged: Many people are fearful about tracking the virus into their homes on their clothes, their shoes, the mail and even the newspaper. We reached out to infectious disease experts, aerosol scientists and microbiologists...

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Tee Time – Golfing Allowed With COVID-19 Restrictions
Apr16

Tee Time – Golfing Allowed With COVID-19 Restrictions

GOOD NEWS… Hillcrest Golf Course right in-town town re-opened to the public on April 7th with COVID-19 restriction in place to allow golfers a safe outdoor activity. http://www.golfhillcrest.com/ Dalton Ranch, just 6 miles north of town, golf course is now open (Clubhouse is closed) with restrictions in place. Call 970-247-8774 to pre-pay tee time and review restrictions. https://www.daltonranch.com/golf The Glacier Club’s...

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Spring Cleanup Has Sprung!
Apr15

Spring Cleanup Has Sprung!

Spring Cleanup Has Sprung… April 14th, 2020 Spring Cleanup Begins April 6 with New 5-Week Schedule   The City of Durango is implementing a new five-week Spring Cleanup schedule beginning April 6 and ending May 8. City crews will be moving through residential neighborhoods picking up the following materials:   Furniture Large Appliances Scrap metal, drywall, fencing, carpeting, tiles, and open dried paint cans Tree trimmings...

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Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine
Apr14

Manna Soup Kitchen Continues to Provide for our Community during Quarantine

Each week for the last several years, we have highlighted a “lifestyle” aspect of life in La Plata County. This week, our focus is one of huge importance, especially in these times. Since 1985, locals have worked together to provide meals for those in need at The Manna Soup Kitchen. “The mission of Manna is to provide, in the spirit of faith and love, nourishing meals and supportive services in an atmosphere of acceptance and caring...

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Business Triage
Apr14

Business Triage

Triage is a French term, meaning “to break into three pieces.”  The term dates back to the battlefield, and now is used in emergency medicine.  It is a way to manage overwhelming and time-sensitive issues to make quick evaluations as to the right resources at the right time.  Modern medicine uses 3, 4, and even 5 levels of triage, but we’ll follow a 3-level approach and relate it to an organization here; as you read through this,...

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EASTER! some churches are offering virtual services.
Apr12

EASTER! some churches are offering virtual services.

Easter is celebrated around the world. For many this means going to church.  But for many Coloradoans,”Church” means the cathedral of the trees! And many folks in Durango do prefer the bricks and mortar of convential churches. With in-person church services canceled, some churches are offering virtual services. There is a new world of online religious offerings. In Durango CO– celebrate virtual services at ST...

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The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!
Apr10

The Magic of Mullein: Cowboy TP & More!

To many of us living in this beautiful little corner of Colorado Mullein is a fairly common sight. It can be recognized by its distinct towering rod-like stem that has an incredibly soft feel to its leaves and flowers. It’s no wonder it earned the name back in the old west as Cowboy Toilet Paper. This might come in handy if we keep seeing the toilet paper keep flying off our shelves! Most of the time we pass the plant by,...

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Good Friday– uniting people of faith in prayer.
Apr10

Good Friday– uniting people of faith in prayer.

Today is Good Friday, a time observed by Christians worldwide in remembrance of the death of Jesus.  It is a solemn and sacred time and marked with fasting and prayer.   Three crosses on a hill in memory of Good Friday! This Good Friday there is a global movement for folks to unite in fasting and prayer for the end of the Corona Virus.  Last week at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints general conference, the church...

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Passover is here!
Apr09

Passover is here!

Passover is here! Passover is an eight day festival   celebrated in the early spring… this year from April 8 – April 16, 2020.  Pesach (the Hebrew word for Passover means “to pass over”) remembers the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is highlighted by special ritual Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.  You can...

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Rasta Stevie interview with DJ Carlos Culture
Apr08

Rasta Stevie interview with DJ Carlos Culture

M.C. Rasta Stevie “The World Emcee” has been doing Reggae Radio and proponent of Rastafari for over 35 years spreading the musical message of love. Rasta Stevie Smith has done everything from Reggae Radio to 8750 Reggae Band the Award Winning Nationally Touring Reggae Band to MC extraordinaire to Promoter and more. Rasta Stevie never stopped doing his radio show the entire time whether on the road here or abroad. He is a...

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Cirque du Soleil Releases two Free 60-Minute Specials for Home Entertainment!
Apr05

Cirque du Soleil Releases two Free 60-Minute Specials for Home Entertainment!

Could there be a better time to learn that the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has released two free 60-minute specials? Let’s face it…we’ve all been ramping up our TV time since the epidemic started. We will probably look back at this time as the biggest couch-fest the world had ever seen. Well, if you’re like many of us and loosing steam on finding new Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Video options (or if...

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A Beautiful Idea for Palm Sunday
Apr05

A Beautiful Idea for Palm Sunday

How can we publicly acknowledge this important day on our calendar when so many of us will be behind closed doors? The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit posted this idea on their Facebook page: What if everyone on Sunday April 5 in the morning, puts a branch on the door of their house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday? It could be any green branch you can get. This would help, despite the social distancing, to be connected as...

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When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the Biggest and Brightest Supermoon of the Year
Apr05

When to see the ‘Full Pink Moon,’ the Biggest and Brightest Supermoon of the Year

  We’re all feeling a bit stir-crazy and isolated, and there’s perhaps no better time to step outside and take in the night sky. The biggest and brightest moon of 2020, the so-called Full Pink Moon, will make an appearance over three nights in early April. The supermoon officially arrives on Tuesday. But nearly full moons on Monday and Wednesday evenings will make for equally great viewing. “It’s one of...

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HP & Me – We Take So Much for Granted
Apr03

HP & Me – We Take So Much for Granted

Check out this episode of the HP & Me Podcast! We travel on the highway of life as pilgrims on Mother Earth. There are good ways we can use the power of our mind to steer us ahead so that we can daily overcome the challenges we face and carry on with the Joy of Life. H.P. has given us pause to get down to the roots of consciousness. We Take So Much for Granted – S1:E4 The HP & Me podcast is a much needed dose of inspiration...

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Sustaining Through Uncertainty
Mar31

Sustaining Through Uncertainty

by Mark Haeussler, CEO – Alpine Leadership  The initial portion of reacting to a health and economic shock often comes with certainty of action, be it sanitizing efforts, leveraging the virtual space to the extent possible, changes in hours or shifts, and redirection of resources.  The initial shock itself provides the impetus to take action and to feel purposeful.  Leaders need to leverage this into more sustainable effort. As...

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Life on the road: A recount by Derek Abt of Liver Down the River
Mar25

Life on the road: A recount by Derek Abt of Liver Down the River

We all know the life of a musician is a glorified one. But not all of us realize the all-encompassing commitments of being in a band. As the great Bon Scott of AC/DC said, “it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.” Touring really has its ups and downs. I mean, you’re in a 6-person marriage living in a van. For people who have issues regarding personal space, it’s probably not the best career path for you. That being...

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Leading Through Uncertainty
Mar24

Leading Through Uncertainty

People crave certainty. Certainty creates confidence and reduces stress. We model the future, project it based on past experiences, and make educated predictions. As for seeing the future, such ability to anticipate with certainty is the thing of science fiction movies. Like it or not, some level of uncertainty is a passenger on any voyage. Instead of hoping for certainty, frame the future as a range, from predictable to chaotic. It...

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Over 100,000 People have Recovered from COVID-19!
Mar23

Over 100,000 People have Recovered from COVID-19!

According to Bing’s COVID-19 tracker, 101,383 cases of the Coronavirus have been confirmed recoveries. The worldwide pandemic is showing some hope now that 27% of all cases have recovered, with that metric on the rise. Stay safe out there, Durangatangs, and here are some things we’ve been doing to stay upbeat while we get through this challenge: -Get some fresh air and take a walk outside! -Get out some art supplies and...

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