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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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Centura-Mercy Regional Medical Center Launches Community COVID-19 Testing
May01

Centura-Mercy Regional Medical Center Launches Community COVID-19 Testing

Centura – Mercy Regional Medical Center is now providing seven-day-a-week community COVID-19 testing to La Plata County residents, beginning immediately and continuing for as long as needed. “As access to supply improves, we have progressively increased COVID-19 testing. We have now expanded testing to rural communities with limited testing access as Colorado moves towards easing shelter-in-place restrictions,” stated Dr. Shauna...

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Get Your Sunlight! Sunlight Kills Coronavirus Quickly, Says Top DHS Scientist
Apr25

Get Your Sunlight! Sunlight Kills Coronavirus Quickly, Says Top DHS Scientist

Coronavirus can be destroyed by ultraviolet rays from the sun, a top U.S. scientist announced at a briefing from the White House coronavirus task force Thursday. William Bryan, science and technology advisor to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, said in a press briefing that sunlight has a significant impact on the pathogen. “Our most striking observation to date is the powerful effect that solar light appears...

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A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation
Apr24

A Love for Weeds: Garden Pest Appreciation

Good day all! It has been a wonderfully sunny spring this year! With this fantastic weather comes the natural explosion of wide variety of weeds. This makes maintaining gardens and yards a lot more trouble than it needs to be. In this part of Colorado we see a great deal of leafy greens pop up such as Dandelions, Curly/Yellow Dock, Common Mallow, Prickly Lettuce, and so much more. The plants I’ve just listed are known to many...

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Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)
Apr24

Benefits of CBG (Cannabigerol)

About CBG Cannabigerol (CBG) is one of more than 120 identified cannabinoid compounds found in the cannabis plant.  It was first discovered in 1964 as a component of hashish. It was later discovered in that CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) is the first cannabinoid formed in plants–cannabis’ first expression.  CBGA is then converted into other cannabinoids, primarily tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), leaving about 1%...

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JOHN DENVER inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, hosted by Olivia Newton-John, as Governor Hickenlooper declares “Earth Day in Space.”
Apr22

JOHN DENVER inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, hosted by Olivia Newton-John, as Governor Hickenlooper declares “Earth Day in Space.”

JOHN DENVER inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, hosted by Olivia Newton-John, as Governor Hickenlooper declares “Earth Day in Space.” Olivia Newton-John emailed me and asked me if I was going to the “Earthday” Broomfield concert April 21, 2011 honoring JOHN DENVER and his induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.  I asked Olivia if I should go and she told me YES as she would be hosting and I...

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NASA takes a look at 50 years of Earthday!
Apr22
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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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Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients
Apr17

Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients

Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness, new studies say. It is an alarming finding for the United States, which has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Although people with obesity frequently have other medical problems, the new studies point to the condition in and of itself as the most significant risk factor, after only older age, for being hospitalized with COVID-19, the...

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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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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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Three Additional COVID-19 Cases ID’ed
Apr03

Three Additional COVID-19 Cases ID’ed

San Juan Basin Public Health has confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 infections in La Plata County as a result of last week’s drive-through community testing.

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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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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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Coronavirus updates– no cases in La Plata County
Mar22

Coronavirus updates– no cases in La Plata County

As of 4 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020, the State of Colorado reports no cases of Corona Virus in La Plata County. No cases have been reported in Montezuma or Archuleta Counties as well! Colorado Case Summary (Updated 3/22/20 at 4:00 p.m.) PDF version Note: This summary only includes data through 3/21 and does not reflect cases since then. 591 cases 58 hospitalized 29 counties 5,436 people tested 6 deaths 5 outbreaks at residential and...

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Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Activates in response to COVID-19
Mar20

Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) Activates in response to COVID-19

CERF (Community Emergency Relief Fund) is designated for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. Established in 2008 in response to the Season’s Restaurant fire, CERF has been activated for the Gold King Mine spill in 2015, the Adobe Building fire in Pagosa Springs in 2016, and the 416 Fire in 2018. Donations to CERF are designated for emergency use and distribution of funds is determined by an advisory...

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An Update on Developments During the Virus Crisis
Mar20

An Update on Developments During the Virus Crisis

We’ve summarized some of the highlights of the changing social and medical environment during the pandemic.

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Covid-19 Map from Johns Hopkins
Mar18

Covid-19 Map from Johns Hopkins

This map from Johns Hopkins University and Medical Center keeps almost up to the minute data on the spread of the Novel Covid-19 virus throughout the world. We’ve shrunk the map to show the USA, but it can be expanded to see other parts of the world. The full map with additional information can be found here – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html 

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Ward Off COVID-19 by Keeping Your Immune System Strong
Mar13

Ward Off COVID-19 by Keeping Your Immune System Strong

From Harvard Medical School: Your immune system is your body’s defense system. When a harmful invader — like a cold or flu virus, or the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — gets into your body, your immune system mounts an attack. Known as an immune response, this attack is a sequence of events that involves various cells and unfolds over time. Following general health guidelines is the best step you can take toward keeping your...

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