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The Buzz Bus is Back!
Aug10

The Buzz Bus is Back!

The Buzz Bus has begun making its rounds once more in Durango, now operated by The Hive. Originally a service provided by the City of Durango, the Buzz Bus provides an alternative to driving impaired, picking up and dropping off people for free. Since it restarted in spring, the Buzz Bus has become a staple on the streets of town on the weekends. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Tafoya Barrett & Associates

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What’s the Big Idea?
Aug08

What’s the Big Idea?

A makerspace is what it sounds like, a space to create and make…well, just about anything! At the Big Idea, 3D printers, a fully-stocked woodshop, laser printers, and more combine to create a space to design, create, and develop any variety of projects and more! By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Pop’s Truck and RV Center and The Big Idea at San Juan College

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Flying Golf Balls and Free Transit Services
Aug04

Flying Golf Balls and Free Transit Services

Now this is a new take on birdies and eagles. Big Brothers Big Sisters will drop more than a hundred golf balls at Dalton Ranch for a fund-raiser in August. Adopt your ball now! This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

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New School Year, New Building, New Ideas
Aug02

New School Year, New Building, New Ideas

Animas High School has a new building, finally. After starting in a strip mall and moving to modular trailers, the school, through funding from a BEST grant, will now have a permanent location for students. Construction began last spring, and while there is still more to be done, the building already more than shows the promise of a new space for students. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage and ServiceMaster Restore

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Durango Considers Lodgers Tax Refund Ideas
Jul28

Durango Considers Lodgers Tax Refund Ideas

The Durango City Council reviews Lodgers Tax refund ideas and mulls ballot language for a possible tax question on the November ballot. Fort Lewis College receives a substantial grant that will cover four scholarships every year for the next 10 years, and the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally returns. This story is sponsored by Tafoya, Barrett & Associates and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley

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Interest Rates Up, Sales Down in Real Estate Market
Jul22

Interest Rates Up, Sales Down in Real Estate Market

How will mortgage rate increases affect real-estate sales in Durango and La Plata County? Well, that depends, says Alpenglow Properties’ Dan Korman.

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Education Plan Connects Learning to Making a Living
Jul22

Education Plan Connects Learning to Making a Living

When students can’t connect with why they’re learning what they’re learning, they become disengaged and perform poorly, but if they understand that their classes are a stepping stone to becoming what they want to be in life, they will be more successful. That’s the idea behind Durango School District 9-R’s new Portrait of a Graduate education plan. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting and Design and Kroegers Ace Hardware

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City Looking at $1.2 Million in Excess Lodgers Revenues
Jul20

City Looking at $1.2 Million in Excess Lodgers Revenues

The tourism industry rebound in the pandemic’s wake last summer generated far more in Lodgers Tax revenues than TABOR allows. Voters may be asked to decide what to do with the money. Will the Camino del Rio underpass be delayed again? And you have only a few Fridays more to enjoy free movies in the park. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and TBK Bank

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Tico Time Resort Tones Down Music; Neighbors’ Ire Abated
Jul20

Tico Time Resort Tones Down Music; Neighbors’ Ire Abated

We took a deep dive and looked at the naked truth behind the infamous Tico Time River RV Resort. What we discovered was that the noise and nudity complaints have abated—along with many changes. Now in its third season, the relaxed beach vibe is finally clicking for campers and neighbors alike. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Three Rivers Brewing and The Big Idea Makerspace

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Local Filmmaker Film Premiere: RAMBO of the Carracas Mesa
Jul15

Local Filmmaker Film Premiere: RAMBO of the Carracas Mesa

Laura Harper began writing the script for a film about Rambo, her once-wild mustang who came from the Carracas Mesa. As she learned more about Rambo’s past, she found parallels between the horses and the evolution of New Mexico’s history, as well as her own life in the Southwest. The resulting film, “RAMBO of the Carracas Mesa,” ties together New Mexico history, wild horses, and everyday people to tell the story of the mustangs of San Juan County. This story is sponsored by Distil Beer Wine Spirits and SunRay Park & Casino

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Region 9 EDD Releases Latest Livable-Wage Study
Jul14

Region 9 EDD Releases Latest Livable-Wage Study

Study finds that average annual wages in most employment sectors do not provide enough income to meet a family of four’s basic needs. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy’s Pizza and Wings and the Man Cave Barber

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Has DGOV TV Outlived Its Usefulness?
Jul12

Has DGOV TV Outlived Its Usefulness?

The City of Durango’s over-the-air television broadcasts of city council meetings may soon come to an end, but live broadcasts and video archives will still be available on the Internet. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue, and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley

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Team Durango Derailers Rides for SWCO Kids
Jul08

Team Durango Derailers Rides for SWCO Kids

The Durango Derailers. What started out as a way to say thank you has turned into an invaluable service to defray travel costs for families with children who need out-of-town medical treatments. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank

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Building Freight Train Service in the Four Corners
Jul05

Building Freight Train Service in the Four Corners

San Juan County, the City of Farmington, and the Navajo Nation hope to bring a freight rail system to the Four Corners, and a $2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will pay for a feasibility study, now in its early stages. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and Three Rivers Brewery

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Animas Artisans Turn into Custom Treasures for Your Home
Jun30

Animas Artisans Turn into Custom Treasures for Your Home

Dylan McClain and Dalton Bevill may have practical construction skills, but they wanted to do more to express their artistic side, so they joined forces to start Animas Artisans, a Design and Fabrication Studio. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage

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City Moves to Next Phase of Downtown’s New Design
Jun30

City Moves to Next Phase of Downtown’s New Design

No fireworks, but a drone show will light up the skies this Fourth of July weekend. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Museum reopens to the public, and take a gander at the latest conceptual drawings for a redesigned downtown. This story is sponsored by Pop’s Truck and RV Center and Tafoya Barrett and Associates

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Music For Life
Jun25

Music For Life

The Southwest Civic Winds, founded in 2012, boasts a robust band of 40 members, give or take, playing a variety of instruments, music, and songs from across the world. While they can and do perform in concert halls and other similar venues, you can catch a glimpse of them at the Fourth of July Rotary Park Pancake Breakfast this year. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the Payroll Department

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Fresh Food, Friends, and Local Fun
Jun25

Fresh Food, Friends, and Local Fun

Bright and early every Saturday morning during the summer, come join local food and craft vendors at the Durango Farmers Market in TBK Bank. Pick up some fresh lettuce, radishes, mushroom, and perhaps a hat or cake, all the while enjoying live music, community fun, and support your local farmers while you’re at it. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, LLC

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Mesa Verde Country Hopes to Ramp Up Visitors to Byway
Jun25

Mesa Verde Country Hopes to Ramp Up Visitors to Byway

Mesa Verde Country hopes to manage and market the Trails of the Ancients Byway so that visitors to Southwest Colorado will find a reason to extend their stays by one or two more days. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado

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Girls’ Night Out – Just Add Horses
Jun23

Girls’ Night Out – Just Add Horses

Horse Empower has a unique way of approaching a ladies’ night out – in the midst of the staples of good food, drinks, and conversation, a horse might just make its appearance. Kim Hardesty, owner of Horse Empower, and her herd of horses offer a range of services, from equine therapy to equine-assisted learning. One of the programs though, might just offer new options for a night out. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage

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