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26th Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival
Sep19

26th Annual Durango Autumn Arts Festival

The Durango Arts Center is excited to celebrate its 26th year of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country.  This festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block from Main Avenue, a gathering place for shoppers and the thousands of visitors that fill the town each fall....

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REC Center Reopens!
Jul20

REC Center Reopens!

Recreation Center Reopening – Welcome Back! Durango Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the Durango Community Recreation Center has reopen!  The health and safety of the community is our top priority, and the City appreciates your patience and flexibility in the navigation of this first phase of reopening. Recreation Center guests are asked to abide by the guidelines below to keep the staff and the community safe...

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Community Concerts Reimagined
Jul17

Community Concerts Reimagined

One of the unique aspects of the pandemic we have all seen is the creative thinking and ideas of so many people. We have all had to make new traditions, think “outside of the box” for special occasions, and find new ways to entertain ourselves. On a local level, we have seen this with a rise of virtual and at-home experiences. One of the unique ideas comes from The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. They are offering...

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How Restaurants Cope with New Normal
Jul17

How Restaurants Cope with New Normal

We talked with three restaurant owners about their adjustments to social-distancing recommendations as they re-open for business, and some of the changes look like they’re here to stay!

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4th of July in Durango
Jul03

4th of July in Durango

Durango has unfortunately cancelled fireworks display and 4th of July parade.  But that doesn’t mean celebrating US independence is cancelled! But if you are willing to drive a bit, Farmington will have their display tonight. July 3, 2020 9:25 p.m. – Fireworks Display Fireworks set off from Sullivan Hill, simulcast on KWYK 94.9 FM. Sullivan Hill is west of the intersection of College Blvd. and 30th Street. Please note, San...

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Our Lovely Local Animas River
Jun24

Our Lovely Local Animas River

One of our favorite features about Durango is the Animas River, as it runs through the middle of town. For years, this river has provided a variety of outdoor adventures. According to this article on the Duranglers website, “The Animas River is the major stream draining the high alpine terrain of the Needle Mountains. It heads in small meadows on the flanks of Cinnamon Mountain north of Silverton, then plunges through wild canyons as...

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Lake Powell
Jun23

Lake Powell

Each week we feature a lifestyle blog on activities in and around Durango. This week, our feature is not on a Durango activity, but It’s a local favorite place to visit: Lake Powell. Many of us venture to Lake Powell throughout the year—whether for fishing, hiking, or boating and water activities, there is a plethora of adventure. Best of all, the lake is open now! Lake Powell is over 2,000 miles of shoreline and is about 186 miles...

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A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely
Jun23

A Reminder that Durango’s Face-Covering Order has been Extended Indefinitely

The city of Durango extended its mandatory face-covering order indefinitely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, June 16th, Durango City Council voted unanimously to extend the order, which had been scheduled to end Friday. Face coverings have been hotly debated locally and nationally. Councilors made the decision after considering public input, business needs, tourism concerns and the most recent research available...

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More Durango Restaurants & Businesses Reopening
May29

More Durango Restaurants & Businesses Reopening

The weather is turning and people are looking to get out and about… safely! Did you know that you could go to Prima Pasta or Oscar’s Diner?  Here is a partial list of open restaurants in Durango. Lone Spur Cafe – 619 Main Ave Durango Diner – 957 Main Jean-Pierre – 601 Main Primi Pasta & Wine Bar – 1201 Main Ave Ste 102 Glacier Management Associates, Mineshaft Bar & Grill – 212 N....

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What’s Open and Not for Memorial Day
May21

What’s Open and Not for Memorial Day

State campgrounds and area marinas will be open for Memorial Day Weekend, but developed recreation areas in the San Juan National Forest will closed, and there’s a fire ban.    

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Animas Museum Online Exhibits
May14

Animas Museum Online Exhibits

Are you familiar with Durango’s vast history? Our local Animas Museum in Durango offers rich details of past local events, people, and economy. With the COVID measures, they now feature an interesting and informative online exhibit! The first exhibit tells the story and history of Zaidee Rockwood Perkins’ wedding dress. Married in Durango in 1901, the online exhibit tells of her family history and the festivities of the wedding. In...

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Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!
May06

Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!

Enjoy your Spring Blue Sky Day!!      We are blessed in SW Colorado with many days of sunshine per year.  Along with roughly 300 days of sunshine annually comes the bright blue sky!  Nothing like it to bring cheer and good will.      SW Colorado has awesome mountain views in almost all directions.  Beautiful Durango is surrounded by 3,000,000 acres of national forest and twelve mountains over 14,000 feet tall.  A river runs through...

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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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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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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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Canyon of the Ancients: Visions of the Past
Apr10

Canyon of the Ancients: Visions of the Past

Canyon of the Ancients is a desert masterpiece. It’s many abstract rock formations and caves are complimented by a spectrum of different colors and vibrant plant life. This natural wonder also happens to contain countless relics and artifacts that remain from ancient peoples you have come and gone with time. Ancient structures and evidence of many kinds are present throughout this seemingly holy landscape. As the seasons turn...

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What a Beautiful Home We Have in Durango
Apr08

What a Beautiful Home We Have in Durango

During these intense times it is good to remember how lucky we are to live in a place as beautiful as this. For many of us who aren’t getting as much outside time as we’d like, here is a compilation of some 4K Drone footage of the Durango Area. Stay Healthy!   Video Courtesy of Fearless 4K 

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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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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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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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