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The 1st ever Election Day Blood Moon lunar eclipse is coming on Nov. 8
Nov03

The 1st ever Election Day Blood Moon lunar eclipse is coming on Nov. 8

This will be the second and final lunar eclipse of 2022. Early on Election Day morning, early risers will have an opportunity to observe the November Beaver Moon undergo a total eclipse. This will be the second lunar eclipse this year; the last one took place on May 16, 2022(opens in new tab). You may want to try and catch this one next week as there won’t be another total lunar eclipse until March 14, 2025. The lunar...

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Is the US facing a potential ‘tripledemic’ of flu, RSV and COVID-19?
Oct27

Is the US facing a potential ‘tripledemic’ of flu, RSV and COVID-19?

As summer ended and the United States headed into the fall and winter, doctors were worried Americans would see a “twindemic” — a situation in which both flu and COVID-19 spread at the same time. But experts told ABC News the country may now be facing the threat of a “tripledemic” as doctors see an early rise in other pediatric respiratory viruses, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. MORE: Flu...

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Grace and gratitude are elegant leadership qualities
Oct05

Grace and gratitude are elegant leadership qualities

The word gratitude is from the Latin gratia, meaning grace or graciousness.  Definitions of grace include a simple elegance or refinement of movement, courtesy, poise, goodwill, acknowledgment, recognition, obligation, and gratefulness. Leaders consume a lot of brainpower and physical endurance during the day.  Leaders may do some or all the following:  listening, discerning, reflecting, analyzing, imagining, decisioning, negotiating,...

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How to Adopt a New Pet During COVID-19
Oct05

How to Adopt a New Pet During COVID-19

Pets need good homes at all times, regardless of what’s going on in the world. If you’ve been wanting to adopt a pet, you can still do so during the pandemic. Some pet shelters and breeders might have different policies during the pandemic, but you can still find many pets to choose from. Here’s everything you need to know about the process. First, Pick the Pet That’s Right for You Each type of pet and specific breed has its own...

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Fire mitigation work along Horse Gulch Road began Monday September 12th
Sep15

Fire mitigation work along Horse Gulch Road began Monday September 12th

Fire-mitigation work along Horse Gulch Road will begin the week of September 12, starting at the north end of the road. Durango Fire Protection District crews will be manually cutting and chipping along Horse Gulch Road through Horse Gulch beginning next week and continuing through the fall as they are available until the project is completed. This project will reduce the density of overgrown shrubs and remove ladder fuels on and...

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Durango group strives to set example in reducing human-bear conflict
Sep15

Durango group strives to set example in reducing human-bear conflict

A bear is pictured outside a La Plata County home where electric fencing was installed to protect chickens and beehives. (Courtesy photo/Bear Smart Durango) When Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced $1 million worth of funding in 2022 for the Human-Bear Conflict Reduction Community Grant Program, partners rallied to craft a grant proposal that would have a wide-ranging benefit for bears and humans across Durango and La Plata County....

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Durango Herald: 4-day school weeks poised to be Southwest standard
Sep06

Durango Herald: 4-day school weeks poised to be Southwest standard

Historians are at odds over why school calendars begin in the fall and summer is the season for breaks. Some say children helped on farms in summer. Others says cities were sweltering in June, July and August before air-conditioning. By the late 19th century, though, reformers pushed to standardize school calendars across urban and rural areas. The reason was not related to student achievement. Now, the four-day school week is poised...

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FBI Now Taking Applications For Free One-Day Teen, Collegiate Academies At Fort Lewis College Sept. 17
Sep06

FBI Now Taking Applications For Free One-Day Teen, Collegiate Academies At Fort Lewis College Sept. 17

Scene from FBI Teen Academy. Courtesy/FBI The FBI is taking applications for its Teen Academy and Collegiate Academy in Durango, Colo., which will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 at Fort Lewis College. These activities are being led by the FBI Denver Field Office with assistance from the FBI Albuquerque Field Office. Teen Academies are free one-day events where high school students learn about FBI career options, hear a case presentation,...

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WholeExpo
Sep06

WholeExpo

The Four Corners Showcase of Holistic & Ecological Products, Services & Seminars Weekend After Labor Day Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. La Plata County Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Hall in Durango, Colorado Registration Fee: $5.00 – good for both days and covers admittance to the Expo and all basic seminars and workshops. Free for children 12 and under....

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3 things you can do to change your ugh-mindset
Sep01

3 things you can do to change your ugh-mindset

You are exactly 12-weeks away from the desire you’ve been yearning for – if you start now. You have a compulsion or few that keep stopping you. You have subconscious compulsions that stop you from moving forward. (Yes, you do. We all do.) They were installed in your childhood, your young adulthood. Some by well-meaning people who wanted to keep you safe. Some by manipulative people to keep you caged, cringing, waiting for...

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Scientists Grow “Synthetic” Embryo With Brain and Beating Heart – Without Eggs or Sperm
Sep01

Scientists Grow “Synthetic” Embryo With Brain and Beating Heart – Without Eggs or Sperm

Natural and synthetic embryos side by side show comparable brain and heart formation. Credit: Amadei and Handford My advice to all young scientists is to follow your heart. Study a topic that inspires you, and choose an advisor who can be supportive of your style of work. In my opinion, it’s important to guide young scientists in the lab, but also to give them space to explore their individuality. My experience is that the challenges...

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State Stimulus Payment Update: These States Are Sending Out Checks This Week
Aug24

State Stimulus Payment Update: These States Are Sending Out Checks This Week

In August alone, some taxpayers will receive tax rebates of more than $750. With inflation still raging across the US, many states have been giving back money to residents in the form of stimulus checks and supplemental tax refunds. While some states issued payments earlier in the year, others are sending out checks and direct deposits now. Taxpayers in Colorado and Pennsylvania should expect their payments in August, while Hawaii and...

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The type and frequency of animals coming down with COVID is trying to tell us something
Aug10

The type and frequency of animals coming down with COVID is trying to tell us something

The type and frequency of animals coming down with COVID is trying to tell us something about the future of the pandemic. Scientists are on the case “Tiger in U.S. zoo tests positive for coronavirus, becomes first animal to get COVID-19,” an April 2020 headline proclaimed. Hardly. The story was referencing 4-year-old Malayan tiger, Nadia, who contracted COVID early in the pandemic, along with six other tigers at the Bronx Zoo—likely...

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Woman dies from lightning as more than 50,000 strikes hit California
Jun24

Woman dies from lightning as more than 50,000 strikes hit California

LATEST June 22, 9 p.m. Chris Vagasky, a meteorologist with the company Vaisala that maps lightning strikes around in the world, said on Twitter on Wednesday evening that total of 54,329 lightning events were detected across California between 00 UTC June 22 to 00 UTC June 23. “The most in a single day since September 8, 2017, when 56,059 were detected,” Vagasky said. “This is the 6th highest daily total since...

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I’m the COO of a mortgage company that’s funded more than $100 billion in loans. Here are the 3 things you need to know about the housing market now
Jun24

I’m the COO of a mortgage company that’s funded more than $100 billion in loans. Here are the 3 things you need to know about the housing market now

Mortgage rates climbed above 6% last week, according to Bankrate data, with some pros saying they may go higher. (You can see the lowest mortgage rates you may qualify for here.) On top of that, home prices have risen more than 20% year-over-year, causing affordability challenges for many aspiring homebuyers. And it’s likely making them wonder: What should I know if I want to buy a house now? So — as part of our series where we ask...

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3 Simple Rules To Raise Kind Kids
May24

3 Simple Rules To Raise Kind Kids

Parents spend a lot of time telling their kids to be nice to others — especially when siblings are involved. But raising kids who are kind takes more than scolding meanness. Kind kids must be attuned to the emotions of others and have a genuine concern for their wellbeing. Where niceness meets empathy, kindness is a seriously challenging lesson for parents to pass on to their kids. Luckily, it is possible to train kindness into kids....

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Cinco De Mayo: How did the holiday become more popular in the United States than Mexico?
May04

Cinco De Mayo: How did the holiday become more popular in the United States than Mexico?

Christian Gonzalez, 9, and Jayliah Villa, 7 perform Mexican folk dance with Baile Folklorico Raices Mexicanas in Passaic, New Jersey, on Cinco de Mayo May 5, 2019. Look out for the sombreros, margaritas and everyone saying “gracias” at your local Mexican restaurant on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, when many celebrate the “biggest Mexican holiday of the year.” Leer en Español Except it isn’t. That’s Sept....

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Shadow of Jupiter’s largest moon looms in magnificent new Juno photo
Apr28

Shadow of Jupiter’s largest moon looms in magnificent new Juno photo

NASA’s Juno spacecraft imaged Jupiter and Ganymede during the mission’s 40th close pass by the giant planet on Feb. 25, 2022. (Image credit: Image data: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS Image processing by Thomas Thomopoulos © CC BY­­) Giant Jupiter and the shadow of its biggest moon, Ganymede, dominate the view in this latest image from the system based on a NASA spacecraft’s data. NASA’s Juno mission whizzed close...

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La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $45,500 in grants to local non-profits in Q1 2022
Apr28

La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approves $45,500 in grants to local non-profits in Q1 2022

  DURANGO, Colo. – The La Plata Electric Round Up Foundation Board approved 13 grants totaling $45,500 to local non-profit organizations at its meetings in January, February, and March of 2022. The Animas Alano Club, Durango Education Foundation, Durango Nordic Ski Club, Housing Solutions of the Southwest, In the Weeds, Pine River Shares, Southwest Organization for Sustainability, and Upper San Juan Search and Rescue were awarded...

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LPEA awards $102,000 in scholarships to nine local high school seniors
Apr18

LPEA awards $102,000 in scholarships to nine local high school seniors

DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) awarded $102,000 in scholarships to nine local high-school seniors to support their continued education. The cooperative received 56 applications for this year’s scholarship programs. Recipients were selected based on merit by a local committee comprised of 13 individuals from across LPEA’s four districts. “It’s so important to the future of our communities that employers support a...

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