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4 La Vida Local

Lot of dreams

Group proposes arts/convention center on empty City parking lot by Tracy Chamberlin

4 Thumbin’ It 5 Word on the Street


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The mountains call Salvaging summer with a trip to the Weminuche photos by Stephen Eginoire

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Ear to the ground: “Is 416 the number of the train that started the fire?” – Anonymous email sent to the Telegraph

Every dog has its day



We’ve all heard the horror stories, or maybe experienced the horror ourselves. You’re out, galavanting in the backcountry with your two and four-legged best friends, when disaster strikes. While enjoying the spoils of a well-earned hike, an errant ski tip clips the leg or paw of your powder hound. Or maybe it’s not quite as grisly, and Fido just poops out before you can make it back to the trailhead. Aside from the weight of all that guilt, you’re forced to shoulder 40 pounds of wet fur while navigating treacherous terrain. It’s enough to put anyone in the doghouse.

12-13 Day in the Life


16 Flash in the Pan

Liner notes

17 Top Shelf

After 41 years slinging vinyl, Southwest Sound makes final encore by Missy Votel

18-20 On the Town


20 Ask Rachel

Don’t bale on kale

21 Free Will Astrology

People who hate on kale just don’t know kale by Ari LeVaux

22-23 Classifieds 23 Haiku Movie Review


On the Cover Andy Wellman peers down the West Fork of the Cimarron River toward Courthouse Peak and Chimney Rock under menacing skies./ Photo by Stephen Eginoire

Summer takes flight

Austin’s Nightowls land at Purg festival tent this Saturday by Chris Aaland



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But now, Carbondale resident Paul Hoskinson has a solution: the Fido Pro Airlift. Hoskinson, a former pro skier and avid backcountryist, came up with the idea after his own beloved pooch, Remi, was clipped by a ski during a spring tour on Independence Pass in the spring of 2017. "The inevitable finally happened. It was a real nightmare," Hoskinson told Powder magazine. Fortunately, Hoskinson was able to fit 3-yearold Remi in his pack and get her to the vet in time. But, he was determined to create a solution for if and when the unthinkable happens to our furry friends in the backcountry. When an internet search turned up no options, he tapped into his own ingenuity. He spent about six months tinkering with various designs and prototypes, before the Fido Pro Airlift was born. The lightweight dog sling (think doggy lifevest with straps) can be worn much like a backpack to carry dogs out of bad situations. Weighing a mere 10.5 ounces, Hoskinson believes it’s light enough for anyone who adventures with their dog into the backcountry to stuff into their emergency kit. "Whether you're hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter with your dog, it's the owner's responsibility to be prepared for the worst," he says. Of course, the other option is just to leave Fido home on the couch. Hokinson acknowledges this, but argues no matter how controversial, people will continue to give into those puppy dog eyes and adventure with their dogs. "People are going to ski with their dogs. I'm going to ski with my dog. You can object to it, but dogs live for skiing,” he told Powder. The pack, which is made in Colorado using U.S.made materials, retails for $69.95 and is available at In coming months, Hoskinson hopes to expand sales to stores in Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.

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LaVidaLocal Driving that train (an open letter to Uncle Sam) Dear America, Since you just had a birthday, I thought I’d write. Sorry I’m late, but I hope you’ll forgive me. I’m writing from Durango, Colo., and at this point, it’s really the only America I know all that well. Some call us the Four Corners region – I remember as a kid growing up in Illinois the only thing I knew about this area was that you could stand in all four states at the same time. Funny, even after living here for more than seven years, I still haven’t done that. Too many things to do, I guess. I spend my days trying to find the best words, to paraphrase Dylan. There are all these responsibilities that come along with being a writer. The personal narrative stuff is easy, relatively, but when it comes to bigger things, especially involving you, it gets trickier. For instance, we’ve got this big old fire burning here north of town. It’s been burning for over a month now. The Forest Service won’t say so, but we all know the train started the fire. Or, at least that’s what everyone is saying. If it’s not true, the train better hire a PR firm. The firefighters are doing a tremendous job, and though there aren’t many things that unite all Americans, here in Durango each and every citizen is grateful for these heroes. Apparently, from my inside sources, the Forest Service won’t likely announce that the train started the fire until the summer tourist season is over. Or, maybe they never will. It’s about money, I believe, you’ve always been about money, haven’t you? Paper with dead slave owners on them seems to rule this country. So, here we have a situation, the train brings the tourists with their money into this town, but this summer they have done something that caused the tourists to stop coming with their money. As I said, I’m conflicted. I think I’m something of an environmentalist, though that word has connotations and associations. I guess I’m a liberal too, but that word is kinda lame as well. I’m conservative about some things, many things actually, but I’d never call myself that word, especially not in this climate. I don’t even like red hats anymore. I guess I just feel bad for the good environmentalists, the good liberals, and the good conservatives. I know they are still all out there in America. It’s a bad time to be a good person, or maybe bad times need good people. So I love Mother Earth, more than any church, bar or train, and in this context that makes me an environmentalist. I also don’t dislike the train. I’ve never ridden on it, and I might never ride it, but I always thought it was unique and nostalgic; a part of the Wild West that I didn’t mind still having around. It’s symbolic of Durango in 2018: modern, yet classic, with a dash of black smoke. Could you imagine if the fire was started by an illegal immigrant instead of a

coal-fired train? You could be damned sure there would be a massive public uproar, especially from the red hats. I’m writing you because I don’t have the answer of what to do, or even how harsh my words should be for the train. I mean, it’s not like the train itself created this situation. And I know from what our president says now, that climate change isn’t even real. So is this drought real? I remember in December when it was 50 degrees. There has never been any secret that our forest was tinder dry, ready to be ablaze with the slightest amount of heat. America, I see some of our people, and they worry me. I see a motorcyclist with a cigarette dangling from his mouth speeding through town with great abandon. I want to snatch that cigarette from his mouth and punch him in the face. Is that included in my rights during a Stage 2 fire ban? Don’t they know this place is already on fire? We clearly don’t need another one! America, sometimes I want to hate you, and other times I want to love you. I know you were brilliant with creating these checks and balances, and term limits; I know you created them for people like this president we have now. And the one before, and the one before; all of them. Sometimes I think the liberals should have been tougher on Obama; we should have demanded more. And as I write this, your longest war still continues. I can’t even recall the last time I saw a headline about Afghanistan. Maybe this whole train thing could be used as a learning lesson. Oh, I forgot though, you don’t really like learning from lessons easily do you? You like the hard way. I’ll admit, I don’t have much faith in writing you. Perhaps I should have tried tweeting you, that’s easier isn’t it? Or maybe reaching out to a more local official, like our current Governor Hickenlooper? I hear he’s considering a run for president. He’s very American. He loves beer more than weed. He acts like a progressive, while encouraging the drinking of the red, white and blue KoolAid. I mean every time he comes here to Durango after a natural disaster he acts like everything is fine. He’ll drink the water after a toxic mine spill and go for a bike ride even when the air-quality rating is hazardous. Shoot, I bet he’d fire up that coal fired train and take it for a spin if it were up to him. And damn that guy can rock a jean jacket. So that means the big question remains: is America ready for a jean jacket president? I guess if I don’t hear from you, I’ll try president Trump (no, it’s not an error that I didn’t capitalize president before his name, though that’s the way the Chicago Manual of Style suggests). I hear he’s really good about responding on Twitter. Somehow he finds the time. How does this sound: Yo @realdonaldtrump we made a mistake like old Casey Jones, we were driving that train, high on cocaine, and didn’t watch our speed … any thoughts on what to do next?

– Luke Mehall

This Week’s Sign of the Downfall:


Statue of Idiocy Recent monsoons all but dousing the 416 and Burro fires, helping to ease stressed local minds and lungs

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Yet another case of irresponsible off-roading, with three moto-ers caught on camera ripping through delicate alpine tundra outside Silverton

LPEA using the ruling in the DeltaMontrose case to its advantage by working to increase its renewable offerings to customers above and beyond the Tri-State cap

Vandals who not only targeted D&SNG owner Al Harper with graffiti but also managed to tag the wrong house in the process

Locals heeding the grave fire danger and resisting the urge for July 4th pyrotechnics

A less-than auspicious omen for the Gold King Superfund clean-up, with an EPA driver crashing a truck full of sludge bound for the tailings pile into Cement Creek


The USPS printed 3 billion “Forever” stamps thinking the stock photo they pulled from the internet depicted The Statue of Liberty, but it was actually a picture of the smaller version in Las Vegas. A USPS spokesperson tried to polish the turd by saying, “we really like the image and are thrilled that people have noticed,” but the sculptor who designed the Vegas version didn’t agree and sued the USPS for copyright infringement and won $3.5 million of your tax money. You know, “Forever.”

WordontheStreet With Southwest Sound closing this week, the Telegraph asked: “What was the first album you ever bought?”


“Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland.’”



“‘Seven Separate Fools’ by Three Dog Night.”

“Van Morrison’s ‘Blowin’ Your Mind!’”

“Oh, probably a Grand Ole Opry record.” Markeeta*

“Green Day: ‘American Idiot.’”




*All Word on the Street participants this week asked to use the last name “Of Texas.”

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SoapBox Love the train, hate the coal To the editor, The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is a bedrock in our community. Much of our town’s prosperity is due to the approximately 200,000 passengers per year it attracts. I am grateful for the firefighting efforts they have employed up to this point, costing them money and manpower. Due to our “exceptional” drought conditions, it clearly is not enough, not now and not for the future. The sparks emitted from the coal-powered engine and the carbon greenhouse gas emissions have worn out their welcome, the cost to the community too high. It’s time for a common sense, level-headed conversation about alternatives to power the train that are safer and cleaner. Electric trains have been employed in Europe and Asia for years and can be powered by on-board energy storage such as a battery system or used in conjunction with other fuels. Electric locomotives benefit from the high efficiency of electric motors. Additional efficiency can be gained from a regenerative braking system on the downhill trip from Silverton. Amtrak has employed clean diesel electric engines in California. Clean alternatives do exist. Al Harper: We love the train, we need the train, we can’t risk more wildfires. – Susan Atkinson, Durango

Get proactive on climate change To the editor, I appreciate Rep. Tipton’s recent letter “Key takeaways from the 416 Fire,” highlighting steps we can take to mitigate future wildfire risk, stating “We need to be proactive, not reactive” and “We can do more to prevent wildfires from occurring in the future.” I couldn’t agree more. While past forest fire suppression has increased wild-

fire threat, so has a warming climate. The Forest Service website/Climate Change forecasts a bleak future for the Southwest with higher temperatures, less snow and an expected decrease in precipitation. They state, “The effects of climate change include more frequent wildfires that burn larger areas.” Wildfires and climate change are bipartisan issues affecting us all. I encourage Tipton to take the recommendation of the Forest Service – “Use alternative energy: By reducing the use of fossil fuels, fewer greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere.” By joining the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House, Rep. Tipton could make sure that any legislation that moves forward on climate solutions would include representation from Southwest Colorado. Let’s be proactive, not reactive about climate change, and reduce the severity of our future drought and wildfire risks. – Tim Thomas, Durango

It’s time the train switched tracks To the editor, I am Emmett. I am 6 years old. I live in Durango. I do not like this wildfire. I think they should run the steam trains on electric to heat the water. They can use solar panels on days when it is sunny. Why I think they should do this is because I don’t want the train to cause fires. We need to protect our air and our forests and our firefighters. – Emmett Kane, Durango (*Submitted by Emmett’s dad, Jeff, with Emmett’s permission.)

Train could fund trail remediation To the editor, The D&SNGR train destroyed Hermosa Creek wilderness and one of the best trails in the Durango area (voted one of


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Cleaner vision of Colorado’s future To the editor, I appreciate Rep. Scott Tipton’s concerns for reducing large volumes of pollution throughout the world, recently expressed in his article “We Must Utilize Western Colorado’s Vast Natural Resources.” He makes the case for future increases in natural gas extraction and transporting it via pipeline and shipping to Asia, adding that this strategy would increase Colorado jobs and our economic prosperity. Colorado is also blessed with vast natural resources of sunshine, wind and outdoor recreational opportunities. The renewable energy industry and outdoor recreational industries are growing faster and producing more new jobs and income than the natural gas industry, at far 4

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the top 10 blue trails in the United States). This is a call to all lovers/users of Hermosa Creek Trail to lobby the train to fund all the efforts toward Hermosa Creek trail remediation. This is the least D&SNGR can do! Contact the D&SNGR using their web site contact form or email the train’s spokesperson at: bjahnke@durango – Flo Paillard, Durango



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less harm to the environment. To further develop more clean energy matches the criteria that Tipton hopes for: economic growth and prosperity, utilizing Colorado’s vast natural resources, and protecting the environment while minimizing pollution. I am hoping Tipton will show the same passion and leadership for promoting clean renewable energy that he has for developing further natural gas extraction. His endorsement of clean energy can serve as a role model for other congressmen and communities sharing our same natural resource mix. Tipton’s leadership could send a strong signal that acknowledges renewable energy’s evolving role and advantages for our community’s economic wellbeing and safety. Utilizing our clean natural resources can be a trend that all parties embrace and facilitate. – Louise van Vonno, Durango

Pussing out on the pussy hat To the editor, I’ve seen the light! I’m going to change my voter registration and become a progressive Democrat. This will enable me to pick and choose the laws I want to obey and ignore those that I don’t agree with. Hopefully, the Dems will prevail in the mid-terms, and my tax cuts will be rolled back and the money will be used to pay for entitlements going to undocumented aliens. My white privilege will be tested when my vote is diluted due to open borders and amnesty is the rule of law. But I’m OK with that. One of the first things I’m going to do after switching parties is to go to the Palace for lunch and yell at former conservative friends and call them bigots and racists. One thing I will not do though, is wear one of those silly pink knit pussy hats. Finally, I’m downloading all of Nancy Pelosi’s and Maxine Waters’ speeches to my iPad for inspiration. Power to the people. – Dennis Pierce, Durango

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Lot on the line Council considers parking garage, arts and events project by Tracy Chamberlin

Midland-Odessa, Texas, and the Tobin Center for the Performhe arrival of the summer ing Arts in San Antonio. monsoon season is “This is how it typically dampening the 416 Fire, goes,” Franks said. “There’s a lot allowing everyone to get back on the city’s plate right now.” outside, Purgatory Resort to With the 416 Fire shutting reopen, and the train to get down some of the area’s biggest back on track. But, the city is tourist attractions – the still suffering from the hit to national forest, train and Purthe local economy. gatory – right after the start of It may not seem like the the summer tourist season, best time to come out with local businesses and city offiplans for a new performing cials are bracing for a tough fiarts center, but according to nancial hit. Tim Walsworth, executive diBut these are exactly the rector for the Business Imkinds of hits Walsworth thinks provement District, the a new arts and events center timing could be ideal. can help alleviate. Walsworth and others from For the past couple of years, the Durango Arts, Conference according to Walsworth, the and Event Center working city’s sales tax revenue has been group presented their ideas relatively flat – an indicator for a new performing arts and that Durango may have maxed conference center to a packed out its ability to attract larger room at a Durango City events and more visitors. Council meeting Tuesday “That means we can’t keep evening. doing the same things,” he The center is being proadded. posed for City-owned propThe dean of Fort Lewis Colerty at the corner of Camino lege’s School of Business Addel Rio and College Drive, ministration, Steve Elias, who’s now the home to a parking also a member of the working lot. Walsworth was joined by group, echoed the sentiment, local residents Bud and Fran citing the college’s declining Franks from Franks & Associenrollment numbers. ates – a nationally recognized One sector the city currently consulting firm for civic and doesn’t have the ability to tap cultural projects. into is what’s called the meet“We’d like to request the ing industry, which includes city become a partner in the large conferences. project,” Walsworth said at According to Bud Franks, the the meeting. meeting industry has been thrivCouncilors Dick White and ing over the past decade, growMelissa Youssef, and Mayor ing 23 percent from 2009-16. Sweetie Marbury thanked the Some examples of confergroup’s representatives for ences Durango missed the boat their work and presentation, on are the Colorado Municipal but declined to discuss the League’s and the Colorado City issue Tuesday evening. County Managers Association’s “I think it’s worth explorannual conferences. Both these ing,” City Councilor Dean statewide organizations have Brookie suggested. “It’s an The gravel parking lot at the corner of Camino del Rio and College reportedly expressed interest in iconic entry to our commu- Drive sits empty on a Wednesday morning. The lot, which looks the past in coming here, but onto McDonald’s in the background, is the proposed site for a new Durango is unable to host events nity.” Although the Council’s re- parking garage and Arts and Events Center covering more than of that size. action was muted, the crowd 53,000-square-feet./Photo by Steve Eginoire The proposed center, howclosed the meeting with a ever, would be able to host such round of applause. events, something that could Bud Franks said the Council’s response wasn’t that unusual – and not only help Durango break through its current revenue plateau he would know. but also weather any unexpected storms – or lack thereof. The Frankses have been involved with performing arts projects “It adds to Durango’s cultural and community life,” Walsworth across the country, adding something different to each one. For said. “And it would add in a significant way.” example, they came in to help with the funding campaign for The group estimates the project would bring about $1 million in Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall. They’ve also worked on the New additional tax revenue for the city each year – and that’s a Jersey Performing Arts Center, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for conservative number, according to the group. It would also add hunthe Performing Arts, the Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center in dreds of jobs, both in construction and operation.4


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The consumer spending directly related to the use of the facility – like hotel rooms and renting the facilities – is estimated at $15 million. The indirect spending – including shopping along Main Avenue, eating at restaurants or even returning for a vacation – could balloon the local economy another $21 million. In addition to any financial benefits, the proposed project could tick off one of Durango’s longstanding ambitions: a downtown parking garage. Currently, the parking lot on the corner of Camino del Rio and College Drive can hold about 300 cars and is designated for customers of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. The proposed garage would not only be open to anyone visiting downtown, it could hold 450 cars and be designed to accommodate large RVs. Talk of a new performing arts center has been on the local wish list almost as long as the downtown parking garage – which is to say, for decades. The most recent idea came in the form of the STEAM Park, which the Frankses also consulted on. The STEAM Park (aka Science, Theatre, Education, Art and Music Park) was a community project proposed in 2015 for the riverfront area that currently encompasses River City Hall, the downtown Fire Station and Powerhouse Science Center. Some of the stumbling blocks for the project were concerns with parking, existing facilities on the property and funding. As for the first two issues, this new venture would address parking first with the garage, and the lot being considered is devoid of structures, so basically a blank slate. As for funding, construction for the garage is estimated at $9-$11 million, and the Arts and Events Center is $25$36 million. Funding would likely be a mix of public and private sources, including grants, lodgers taxes, bonding and other capital campaigns. Bud Franks said the group looked at a number of sites for the project, all of which were accessible to downtown amenities – including the 800 block of E. 2nd Avenue and parking lots located between the Strater Hotel and Denny’s restaurant.

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Arts and Events Center stats: • 450-500 seat multi-purpose theater • 6,000-square-foot lobby for special events,conferences • 3,000-square-feet of meeting rooms and classrooms • 3,000-square-foot visual arts gallery • Catering kitchen • Other mixed-use elements, like retail and coffee shops, artist studios, housing and a roof-top restaurant

Photo courtesy Durango Arts, Conferences and Events Center What makes the gravel parking lot currently used by the train so attractive are the advantages it brings to the budget. The majority of the property is owned by the City. So, if the Council chose to partner with the group, it wouldn’t have to buy the land. With the lot being void of current facilities, they also wouldn’t have to spend additional funds on demolition – another cost savings up front. A small portion of the property in question is owned by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Franks and Walsworth have had a couple meetings with owner Al Harper, who they say would also need to be a


partner for this to work. “We all need to be partners,” Franks explained. If the city decides to move forward with the project and partner with the group, it would take about 12-18 months to complete the design and another 18-24 months for construction. The first structure to go up would be the parking garage, followed by the center and associated facilities. Now, the working group and its supporters await the Council’s response. “The ball’s in the city’s court,” Walsworth said. “(But) we don’t want to let it sit for a year.” n

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Dont worry, bee happy Turtle Lake hosts wild foods walk, dinner to support organic lands initiative

by Missy Votel


hereas some of us may see invasive plants as public enemy No. 1, Katrina Blair sees nutrition, medicine and, most importantly, sustenance for the bees. As a result, Blair, founder of Turtle Lake Refuge and champion of local organic lands, started the Bee Happy Lands project in 2015. The goal of the project is to stop the use of pesticides, which of course have been linked to the sudden demise of our favorite pollinators, in favor of going au naturel. But for those who Blair can’t make peace with the sight of sunny dandelion heads or bristly thistle in their midst, Blair and her small army of wild Bee Happy foodies will dig them out of your life. They’ll also apply compost and a special ash tea treatment to make sure those unwelcome yard visitors are

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Justthefacts What: Bee Happy Lands Wild Foods Extravaganza When: 5:30 p.m., Fri., July 13 Where: River Bend Ranch, 27846 Highway 550 gone for good. There is a nominal fee of $15/hour per happy laborer. (Cost of not having to look at weeds, ruining your back doing it yourself and saving the bees: priceless.) But the cost of keeping the bees and backyard gardeners happy comes with a cost – which is why Blair will be hosting a “Wild Foods Extravaganza” fundraiser this Friday. The event, which will raise money for the Bee Happy Lands initiative, will include a wild food plant walk with Blair (5:30 p.m.); a gourmet wild foods dinner prepared by Turtle Lake Refuge and chefs Marcos Wisner and Matt Myers from 11th Street Station (6:30 p.m.); and postprandial tunes from the Stillhouse Junkies (7:30 p.m.) There will also be local wine from McElmo Canyon’s Sutcliffe Vineyards and

local apple and cherry cider from Outlier Cellars, of Mancos. Naturally, the event will take place in the outdoor splendor of the Animas Valley at the River Bend Ranch, six miles north of town on the east side of Highway 550. Tick-


ets are $44 and available at www.event For more information on organic weed mitigation, which is available for HOAs, private land, residences, and public lands and open space, visit or call 970-332-8877. n

MountianTownNews Nature but without all of the effort WHISTLER, B.C. – Nature, it seems, isn’t good enough on its own terms. A Canadian company called Moment Factory has eight “lumina” shows around the world that seek to create even more spectacle in night time scenes in the great outdoors, including a new one this month in Whistler. It’s one of several new attractions at Whistler this summer that seeks to make wilderness more accessible. Unlike John Muir, who famously shimmied up a tree in Yosemite in order to see a storm from the perspective of the tree, these new experiences work in the opposite direction. There’s less effort, less sweat, less discomfort. The night-time show, called “Vallea Lumina,” debuted in Quebec in 2014. One writer described it as giving visitors “an amazing audiovisual experience” but also drawing on “local legends to provide a deeper understanding of the cultural history and significance of the forest.” In Whistler, the attraction is being assembled in the coastal rainforest on the town’s northern edge. Pique Newsmagazine calls it “showcasing nature in high-def: Ancient rushing waters, swaying cedars and hemlocks, and fresh West Coast air meshed with massive screens, interconnected lights and sounds that create an innovative and evocative nighttime world of wonder.” This new world is one of “talking trees, larger-than-life animals, luminescent fish, shooting stars, showering stardust, and an adventure quest in the rainforest,” says Pique. The local production has been put together during the last nine months by Joey Houssain, who has a company called Adventure Group that does zipline tours, whitewater rafting and snowmobiling. This, says Houssain, sets out in a new direction. “I hope the experience evokes in people the interconnectedness of us all; that humans are not separate from nature, we are a part of nature,” he says. In this new role, Houssain sees himself as a guide that uses “lights and sound and a little bit of magic – and also an insane amount of technology.” Houssain is the son of Joe Houssain, who in 1986 founded Intrawest. Intrawest at one time owned Whistler Blackcomb and a great many other ski areas before being dissolved last year. It has been replaced by Alterra Mountain Co., which occupies the same secondfloor office space in Denver’s LoDo formerly occupied by Intrawest. Whistler Blackcomb, of course, is now owned by Vail Resorts, which also has a new offering this summer: a suspension bridge among the ski runs that spans 426 feet of thin air and delivers pedestrians to a lookout with mountaintop views in every direction. The bridge, says Rob McSkimming, vice president of business development for Vail, “is really just part of a longer-term plan to continue adding those ‘wow’ attractions.” This is part of Vail Resorts’ $366 million in upgrades, the company’s largest single-year investment ever at a resort. Yet a third new summer offering at Whistler is a Sky Walk, which will take guests on a two-hour guided tour over suspended bridges and walkways. Again, there’s new technology, this coming from Europe. Unlike the clip/unclip harness of the Via Ferrata, Sky Walk features a system where guests are clipped in the whole way and simply slide their clips through the entire course. Pique asked a logical question: Do these dilute the Whistler brand? That brand has more to do with hard-core, double-blackdiamond adventures than passive ones. Those delivering these new attractions say they believe Whistler’s image remains intact. Whether hard core or soft, they say it’s still about the mountains, the forests and the lakes.

MeToo guys on prestigious guest list SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Some very wealthy and influential people were invited to the annual Allen & Co. gathering last week at Sun Valley. Think Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg and others from the business world, especially that of tech and media. Last year, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were there, too. This year, Mary Barr, CEO of General Motors, is expected to be there and also Tim Cook, of Apple. But what to make of the invitation of Charlie Rose? The disgraced interviewer was booted last year from his prime TV slots because of myriad sexual harassment charges by women. “Charlie Rose ceases to exist,” Hollywood heavyweight Barry Diller told

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times in March. “Not if his invitation is any indication,” the Idaho Mountain Express notes wryly. Further evidence that the #MeToo movement doesn’t mean #NeverMore was the invitation of Jerry Richardson. He was forced by the National Football League to sell the Carolina Panthers after an investigation by Sports Illustrated found at least four former employees who received confidential payouts to stay silent on Richardson’s workplace misconduct. He made out just fine, getting $2.2 billion for the sale, a record. And, he still gets invited to hang out with other billionaires. But Harvey Weinstein, a regular in years past, is off the invite list, says Hollywood Reporter. Tom Brokaw, who has denied accusations of improprieties, will be there.

Billy goats chased by wolves & humans BANFF, Alberta – For wolves, it’s not all just snacking on bison calves or elk. In Banff National Park, wildlife biologists discovered that a wolf fell off a cliff, breaking legs, ribs, a jaw, and otherwise sustaining enough injuries that it died. It had been previously collared for research purposes. Jesse Whittington, an ecologist with Parks Canada, told the Rocky Mountain Outlook it was possible the wolf was just passing through. Also a possibility, given the high elevation, was that the wolf was hunting mountain goats. Until biologists collared wolves with GPS devices, they had no idea that wolves hunted mountain goats. In Colorado, somebody else hunted mountain goats. Two goats were found along the hiking trail near the summit of 14,ooo-foot Quandary Peak, near Breckenridge. The goats had been shot at close range. In Oregon, two wolves hung around Mount Hood this winter. The state has 125 confirmed wolves, but a study concluded that the state has enough habitat to support at least 1,450 wolves. Whether that will ever happen, though, is an open question. Most of the wolves are in northeastern Oregon, along the border with Idaho, near the mountain town of Joseph. More recently they have been near Baker City. That area, reports the Bend Bulletin, remains a test case of how an entrenched ranching community can adapt and learn to live with wolves. That case has implications for the rest of Oregon –including the area around Bend, in the central part of the state. Bachelor ski area is nearby. The existing wolves have been snacking on cattle, not surprisingly provoking objections from ranchers. Ranchers see no easy way to prevent losses, and even the hard ways have limited effectiveness. An environmental group representative said the most effective way to stop depredation of livestock is to have humans around. Unlike sheep, which constantly have herders, ranchers typically let cattle roam, whether in fenced pastures or on public lands.

ICE agents visit Ouray and Telluride OURAY – Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrived in plain clothes in late June, leaving with one added individual, a worker at a brew pub who the federal agents accuse of immigration violations. The individual arrested had reportedly lived in Ouray for several years and has a family. The owner of the Ouray Brewery, Erin Eddy, told the Telluride Daily Planet that she believed the individual was in the United States legally. “We’re now trying to sort through what this individual has been telling us, and whether it’s true or not,” she said. The ICE agents also were in Telluride, but they made no arrest, the Planet said. One restaurateur told the newspaper that without immigrants “we’d be serving burgers and fries on paper plates.” At Ridgway, a restaurant owner reported an uproar on social media. “Everyone is taking up arms, figuratively,” said the restaurateur.

Debate over value of thinning the forest GRAND LAKE – Testimony continues on the value of thinning forests in the urban-wildland interface. A case in point is near Grand Lake, at the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. There, flames soared recently, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of homes. While the fire incinerated 20 acres, no homes were lost, however.

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Durangoans Michael Ackerman, left, and Ryan Blundell fathom the densely

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oesn’t anybody work in this town? After 35 days of oppressive smoke, why wouldn’t Tuesday morning be perfect for summiting 13,077-foot Snowdon Peak? Snowdon is a staple landmark on the east side of Molas Pass that is relatively easy to access from Andrew’s Lake. If the mountain’s composition of billion-year-old quartzite or the active rock glaciers flanking its western slopes don’t inspire curiosity, the outstanding views of the Needles District located in the heart of the Weminuche Wilderness surely will.


Erica, left, and Keenan Kelly enjoy the sun and a snack above treeline.



y concentrated peaks of the Weminuche’s Needles District.

Sierra Kelly, of Durango, scrambles her way to the summit.

Haley Tamberi climbs high above Molas Pass.


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Saying goodbye to an era as Southwest Sound takes final bow Southwest Sound owner Robert Stapleton in the store Tuesday. The store will sell its last record this Saturday./Photos by Stephen Eginoire by Missy Votel


lvis is about to leave the building. That’s right. In case the huge yellow “store closing” signs or melancholy music lovers flipping through the increasingly thinning CD racks didn’t alert you, Durango’s main purveyor of music, Southwest Sound, is closing after more than 40 years in business. Take a moment if you need to. The door officially shuts, the music dies, the fat lady sings and Lloyd lifts the boombox at 8 p.m. this Sat., July 14. But it won’t just be a funeral for a friend. Owner Robert Stapleton has a few surprises up his trademark pearl snap sleeve. “Dan is going to wear an Elvis costume,” he said, referring to employee and KDUR DJ of “The Horse Show” fame, Dan Groth (who looked a bit stunned at the news.) “If he doesn’t I will, but the suit makes my butt look big.” In addition, the store will be offering up whopping savings of up to 50 percent on anything that’s not nailed down, as well as food and beverages. “And balloons,” Stapleton quipped. And for those who’ve had their eye on the “coveted” N’Sync beanie bear keeping watch over the cash register all these years: now’s your big chance. Anyone who stops by can be entered into a drawing for the bear (*Must be present to win. Or not. Details are a little sketchy.) Of course, the store closing is not all balloons and beanie babies. It’s bittersweet – and for those who immediately begin humming the Big Head Todd song here, likely more bitter than sweet. “I am thankful for everyone who has come in this door and bought something,” said Stapleton, who bought the store from former owner Hal McLean in 2003. “I would’ve been gone a long time ago if it wasn’t for our customers.” Indeed, despite it being a Monday afternoon, Stapleton was greeted by a seemingly endless stream of well-

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wishers during this interview. The SoCal native, quite possibly the sharpest dresser on Main Avenue at any given time, is a veritable walking encyclopedia of musical knowledge. As well he should be. The music biz is really all he’s ever known, from his father working at Capitol Records to him starting the first Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in 1970. “That’s all I’ve done for 50 years,” he said. “It doesn’t really make me look good on my resume.” And while his resume may not be impressive, his personal record collection certainly is. He estimates he


has 2,500-3,000 records at home – a few of his gems, a mere fraction of the total, grace the walls at Southwest Sound. For him, owning records is a tactile thing. “When I grew up, I wanted to own the new Neko Case,” he said, gesturing at the new Neko Case CD on display at the store (although we don’t know Stapleton’s actual age, we guess this was for illustrative purposes as Neko probably wasn’t around when he was growing up.) “I wanted to own it, touch it, look at it.” He admits to liking almost anything, from old time blues to Prince (whose poster graced the store window for many months following his Majesty’s death in 2016) to Taylor Swift (hey, the girl can play). However, he does have his preferences: Give him Byrds over Eagles and Yes over Rush any day. The only music he’s not so fond of (this is where some of you will want to take a bathroom break or switch to another channel): bluegrass. “When I moved here, I had a fear of bluegrass,” he admits, referring to a distaste for the “noodleyness” of the genre (which we totally get). But – and this is where it’s OK to start reading again and stop planning an indignant banjo mob – he has grown to like it. Sort of. “It’s OK. When it comes on, I won’t turn it off,” he said. Because, acquiring a new taste is what it’s all about – in music and in life. In fact, if you study Southwest Sound’s logo, you’ll see that’s their motto: “know music, know life” (co-opted from Tower Records’ “no music, no life.”) “It’s a learning experience every day,” said Stapleton. “That’s why I do this. I learn a lot from my customers. I like talking music with people. There’s a sense of community people don’t have on their phone or the internet.” Stapleton, who plans to move to Florida, house-sale pending, first came to Durango via Boston. There he oversaw a Tower Records with millions of dollars in inventory. 4

“We had every single thing available,” he was no record store in town. But dismay said. “When I bought this store, I didn’t soon turned to relief when he moved to Dustuff $1.5 million of inventory in here, but rango in the late 1990s to find Southwest I sure tried, much to the dismay of my Sound. wife.” (Speaking of which, Southwest Sound “Not only was there a record store, but it is a true mom and pop, with Robert doing was really good. It’s always been really the day-to-day; wife, Sue, doing the books; good,” he said. and son, Cooper, who has since left for the But, as we all know, the times, they are a greener musical pastures of Portland, work- changing. In the ever-evolving technology ing the register.) universe, video killed the radio star; the Stapleton said it was always his goal to iPod killed the Walk Man; and, most rerepresent every genre, from hip hop (they cently, the Mp3 killed the CD. once had an entire section dedicated to Stapleton said his high point was 2008 – artists starting with the name “Lil’”) to clas- a lot of good music was out (the aforemensical to Native American music. And while tioned Norah Jones’ 2007 debut CD, “Come you could easily find the Norah Joneses and Away With Me,” was his all-time best-seller) Justin Biebers, it was also his mission to in- and smartphones hadn’t yet exerted their troduce you to death grip on the lesser known other forms of Glenn Danzigs musical conand Punky Meadveyance. But then owses (a 1970s fathe economy vorite of Groth’s went in the tank that can be and this little Youtubed.) thing called the “I tried to have iPhone arrived on stuff people the scene, with couldn’t find in a what Stapleton Walmart or Best refers to as the Buy. You can get “little shot of hits at Walmart heroin:” iTunes. but you can’t find “ S u d d e n l y, Albert King,” said everything you Stapleton. “That’s need is in the what a record Dan Groth with some suggestions just in time palm of your store is all about. for wedding season (strategically placed next to hand,” he said. That’s what made the lullaby section.)/Photo by Missy Votel But it didn’t just us cool.” turn off the That coolness factor was what drew younger generation. It also ate into his Groth to work at the store three years ago, bread-and-butter: the Deadheads, upon returning from a sabbatical in Port- skatepunks, festivarians, Parrotheads, headland. To be sure, when we say “cool” here bangers and everyone in between (yes, we are not referring to blinking neon, blar- we’re talking to you, classes of 1984-92.) ing music and flashy corporate signage. We “A lot of the older generation stopped are talking an esoteric mix of 1970s band buying music,” he said. “Cars and computCaravan and Springtsteen B-sides playing ers no longer even come with CD players.” over the sound system. Quirky homemade He noted he did get a little bump in acsigns with Christopher Walken hoping to tion with the vinyl renaissance of the late thwart anyone with sticky fingers. A “Hot aughts/early teens. And while it was partly Wheels” display (which were the first to go a hipster phenomenon, it was also due to in the sale), and that unique record store the fact that digital music is compressed, smell, a peculiar mix of vinyl, musty card- taking out all of the nuances, high notes, board and nostalgia. Like comfort food for low notes and rainbow of aural information the nose. that can turn an audible feast such as Neil “When I grew up, you went to the record Young or Pink Floyd into a soggy, bland, store, that’s what you did. It was a way of bread sandwich for the ears. life,” recalled Groth, who grew up in Boul“A lot of people said this sounds like der. When he took off to college in Iowa, he crap, the sound quality was so much better became unmoored when he realized there in physical form, and suddenly vinyl was

Missy’s picks Although Southwest Sound has been liquidating for the last several weeks, it’s by no means slim pickins (which would be a great band name, BTW.) Sure, all the Zeppelin and Pink Floyd is gone. But there are still plenty of musical treasures, Christmas gifts and future collector’s items to be found lurking in the racks (including a Lenny Kravitz Greatest Hits, a guilty pleasure that was quickly snatched up by this writer.) Here is a mere sampling of some of the store’s unique offerings, as of Monday afternoon. (*Don’t forget to say “shazam” to get an extra $1 off. And if you ask nicely, they will even take the CD out of the plastic case and remove all the annoying plastic for you.) Happy hunting. n Justin Bieber Canada’s greatest export since the Canadian tuxedo. We were surprised to find the Biebs still on the shelf, but according to SW Sound’s Robert Stapleton, a lot of his fans have grown up and moved on to high school. We still love you, Biebs. n Lil Yachty - The last remaining CD in SW Sounds’s once-illustrious “Lil’” section. Also known as Miles Park McCollum, Lil Yachty is not for the youngsters (note Tipper Gore warning label ) – or probably the oldsters, for that matter. n GNR “Chinese Democracy” - Axl’s long-awaited return to the spotlight took 11 years and $13m to produce, making it the most expensive album in history. Slash-

less, it was a mild financial and critical success. “It’s decent,” said Stapleton. Of note: The Replacements’ Tommy Stinson plays bass – worth the price of admission alone. n Brinsley Schwarz OK, we’ve never heard of this guy, but Dan Groth likes him. And he should know, he’s a DJ. Plus, just look at that ’70s uni-brow. All. Good. n Neko Case - The best Canadian export since poutine, Neko is sort of the dark princess of indie rock. Plus she is wearing what appears to be lit cigarettes. On her head. That’s bad ass. n FloRida - Contains the irresistible ear worm “Whistle.” You know, the one about, um, whistling. (Don’t tell Tipper.)

hip and happening again,” Stapleton said. Alas, the bump wasn’t enough to keep the ship afloat. Despite what some may think, Stapleton said the profit margin in the music-selling world is slimmer than David Bowie’s necktie. Typically, the markup is only 20 percent on new titles, 40 percent on older ones. If you’re at all good at math, you’ll realize that’s a lot of $16.99 CDs to keep the lights on and the turntables turning. At some point, it’s time to pull the plug on even the noblest labor of love. And Stapleton knows he is not alone in this grim real-

ity of surviving in the Amazon and Sound Cloud age. “That’s what’s affecting lot of small-town stores. A lot of people don’t realize their convenience and saving a few bucks is putting a lot of people out of business,” he said. But, in the three days until we mourn the loss of this little slice of local culture, Stapleton wants to party like it’s 1999. And maybe introduce you to your next new favorite artist that you’ve never heard of. “The more I sell, and the more music I put into people’s hands, the better,” he said. n


n Lord of the Dance - Remember when this was all the rage? Mom will love it – trust us. *Missy Votel has no musical expertise whatsoever. Her favorite band is Journey. So take this with a huge grain of salt. And maybe a shot of tequila.

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Kale-ing me softly by Ari LeVaux


ale has reached that point on the popularity curve where people are hating it because its popular. Once, it was easy to file away this dark green leafy vegetable as just some hippy food, but now it’s everywhere. It’s on the menu, on the vegetarian entree and meatloaf alike. Your favorite celebrities are gushing about their daily green smoothie. Still, many people don’t enjoy eating it. And sometimes these haters get triggered by people who do. “Kale makes you lose weight because it makes everything taste like shit,” Tweeted a smartaleck in my timeline. “Stop putting kale in everything,” begged another, to the cold, uncaring universe. Haters are saying “f*** kale” at nearly the same rate that they are saying “f*** yoga.” For some reason it’s natural to resent success in others, and kale is a wildly successful species. The goal of any plant is to make and spread its seed, and kale is grown in all 50 states, shipped to all 50 states and these seeds are delivered to growers around the world. And now chefs are putting kale in everything. Forget conspiracy theory. The ascent of kale is a conspiracy fact. I’m in on the kale conspiracy, but I agree that it shouldn’t be added to everything. Those bitter fibers really wouldn’t work in a delicate flan, for example. If kale is overcooked or burnt, the taste and smell can be terrible. And if kale is added to a dish that already sucks, it will still suck. And really, a little kale here and a little there isn’t going to do it. You need to eat more than trace quantities to get the benefits. Whether you’re in it for the fiber, the

calcium, the social statement or whatever, you still have to actually swallow it. So it isn’t a matter of putting kale in everything, as much as putting everything, or anything, into kale that will make it more palatable. Because regardless of what the haters and the trolls would like you to believe, the more kale (and leaves like it) that you eat, the healthier you will be. Food people argue endlessly about fat, carbohydrate, protein, dairy, sugar, fruit, meat and every other ingredient or macronutrient you can think of. Nobody has anything bad to say about leaves. To some extent, the form in which you eat the kale, as well as what you eat it with, will determine how it performs in your body. Many of the people who are most excited about kale are regular users, who have a system down that works for their bodies. In terms of health impact, almost anything that can be said about kale can be said about collard greens, chard, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli leaves and many others. But the tactics that we will now explore are tailored to kale specifically. We can thank a weary farmer who flagged me down as I walked by his booth at the end of market last Saturday and offered me a box of kale for $10. It was a better fate than the compost pile for everyone involved. Except the kale, which couldn’t kare less. My body seems to “function best” (a delicate way of saying “makes the best poops”) when I eat between three and six kale leaves per day. So the following tactics, which are really mini-recipes, are geared toward consuming that amount. • Salad - Novices may want to start by massaging their

kale for a softer salad. Squeezing and rubbing the leaves with your hands will break the cells, releasing enzymes that begin cutting up those fiber chains. Massaging with salt and lime juice increases the effect, and since both of those are in the dressing there’s no reason not to. Unless, of course, you want your kale coarse. Once upon a time my wife the salad whisperer would massage the kale salad, but now doesn’t want the leaves so soft. “Once you massage it they lose their structure,” she says. “I like a structureful salad.” The dressing consists of olive oil, lime or lemon juice, and salt. Vinegar, while acidic, makes a terrible substitute for lime or lemon. She typically doubles down on the salt by adding feta or parmesan cheese to the salad. And she adds onion, because something needs to stand up to all of that fat and fiber. Strip the leafy parts from the stem and mince six leaves of kale. Use half a cup of olive oil, a quarter cup of lime juice, and salt to taste. If you want to massage it, take a 1/4 cup of dressing and rub it in. Then toss in the rest, and add extras like cheese, onion, olives or sun-dried tomatoes. • Bacon - It’s kind of cheating, but at least it’s cheating with historical precedent. Cooking kale with bacon recalls the Southern dish of collards and ham hock, and that’s no coincidence. Pork and brassicas – a plant family that also includes cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – is a winning combination. I usually take it in an Eastern direction by making a mix of soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar or lime juice. Rip the leafy parts off the stem of three or so kale leaves, and mince the leafy parts. Cut bacon into little pieces and fry. When it’s half cooked, add the garlic, and lay the kale on top. When it wilts down, stir it around, season with black pepper, hot pepper, and finally pour in your little sauce. Those leaves will shrink way down, and look even smaller as soon as you take your first bite. There isn’t enough space for me to tell you how to make green smoothies and kale chips, but those have been covered online in great detail. Suffice it to say, if you really want to make the green medicine go down easy, you can do worse than make your kale taste like ice cream and potato chips. n

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Nightowls, Ride Festival and Fab Fridays and Texas blues guitarist Carolyn Wonderland among the performers. Singer/songwriter Will Kimbrough gives a taste of what he dog days of summer bring a laid-back sweetness to the you’ll hear at the Telluride Americana Festival when he plays The area this week, with classical music, ukuleles and Showbar at the Sheridan Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. A nasinger/songwriters taking center stage. tive of the Gulf Coast, Kimbrough first came onto my radar in the Music in the Mountains kicks it into high gear with seven mid ’90s when he began a decades-long collaboration with Todd events in Durango, Cortez and at Purgatory this week. As part of Snider and served as lead guitarist in Snider’s band, the Nervous the festival, soul, funk and pop take center stage when MITM and KSUT present the Nightowls at 7 p.m. Saturday at the fes- Wrecks. Kimbrough’s songs have been recorded by a veritable Who’s Who of Americana music, including Jimmy Buffett, Little tival tent up at Purgatory. A Feat and Jack Ingram. Re10-piece ensemble based in cently, he released “MockAustin, Texas, the Nightowls ingbird Soul,” a duets album run the musical gamut from with soulful indie James Brown to Michael singer/songwriter Brigitte Jackson. Bright, bold horns DeMeyer that got plenty of dance and leap over a funky spins in the public radio rhythm section, while lead world. vocalist and founder Ryan In addition to the freebies Harkrider’s soulful voice in Buckley, Three Springs shimmers alongside gorstarts serving up weekly congeous female harmonies. certs gratis when the Kirk Formed in 2011, they’ve James Band gets bluesy quickly won over critics and from 6-8 p.m. tonight. fans. Austin Monthly noted They’re billing the series as that the Nightowls were a Concerts @ the Plaza and “band to watch,” while highlight local talent. Texas Music Magazine called The 416 Fire wreaked them “a smooth addictive blend of pop, R&B and funk KSUT and Music in the Mountains present the Nightowls at the Pur- havoc on the tourist season, stressing many businesses. that will delight the band’s gatory festival tent, Saturday at 7 p.m. To help stimulate the local dance-happy fans.” The economy, the Downtown Business Improvement District has orgroup released its fourth record this spring, “We Are the ganized a succession of Fab Fridays in July the next three Nightowls,” to much acclaim. They were a showcase band for weeks. The block party events will be held 5-8 p.m. in different the second time at the SXSW and drew acclaim from such blocks of downtown, and participating businesses will coordinate music press as Glide, SoulTracks and Indie Voice for a string of interactive events, host talks, offer food specials and even host catchy singles. live music. This week’s Fab Friday will be held on the 1000 and In other big news this weekend, The Ride Festival returns to 1100 blocks of Main. Businesses that fly green balloons are the Telluride Town Park this weekend, July 14-15. Headliners include ones participating. In conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Uketwo nights of String Cheese Incident, Sheryl Crow and Chris RobinFest, Devin Scott will serenade on the ukulele. son Brotherhood. Other leeser known but no less worthy must-see Also of note: the Afrobeatniks bring their world fusion to acts include Grace Potter, Larkin & Poe and the New Respects. The tonight’s Ska-B-Q at 5 p.m. at the World Headquarters in Bodo festival kicks off with a free concert in Mountain Village Friday Park; the Jeff Solon Jazz Trio entertains at the Seven Rivers night. For tickets and a full rundown, go to Steakhouse at the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio at 6 p.m.; and The Rocky Mountain UkeFest kicks off tonight with a free Black Velvet has a busy week, with the duo performing at the Concert @ the Park in Buckley Park featuring its All-Star Band. Animas River Beer Garden at the Doubletree Hotel at 5 p.m. FriMembers include Daniel Ward, Victoria Vox, Jason Arimoto, John day and Monday and Cyprus Café at 6 p.m. Tuesday, while the Bartlitt and Craig McClelland. The festival continues with pertrio play at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Derailed Pour House and 4 p.m. formances, workshops and more Friday through Sunday at such venues as the Rochester Hotel Secret Garden, Animas City Theatre Sunday at the Balcony. The best thing I heard this week is “Time Flies,” the 30th and FLC Theatre. Ward is skilled on numerous instruments and a album that Jim Lauderdale has released since launching his career in flamenco and Latin virtuoso; Vox is a songwriter and accom1986. Think about that for a minute: that’s nearly an album per plished beat boxer who has opened for Jackson Browne, Leo Kotyear. And Lauderdale writes nearly every single tune, nary a cover to tke and others; Arimoto, a native Hawaiian, is known for fill the gaps. Not one to be pigeonholed, Lauderdale has floated beface-melting ukulele; McClelland is an instructor who performs tween country, folk, bluegrass and soul throughout his career, crafton bass, guitar and tuba in addition to the uke; and Bartlitt is also ing songs that can be presented in any genre. “Time Flies” succeeds an accomplished percussionist and drummer. with tunes like “Where the Cars Go by Fast,” “The Road is a River,” Most Telluride festivals are big deals, attracting thousands of “Slow as Molasses” and the title track. As always, he recruits some musical worshipers into Town Park. An except is the Telluride ringers to help out, including former BR5-49 guitarist Chris Scruggs Americana Festival, which calls the intimate Sheridan Opera and Marty Stuart axeman Kenny Vaughn. Lauderdale, who has won House home and seats a few hundred each night. Now in its 11th Grammy Awards for his work with Ralph Stanley and Grateful Dead year, the four-night production begins Wednesday night with a lyricist Robert Hunter, is truly an American treasure, Nudie suits and song swap featuring relative newcomers Drew Kennedy, Josh all. Time certainly flies, especially at Lauderdale’s frantic pace, yet Grider, Kelley Mickwee and Walt Wilkins. We’ll explore the headthe tunes are laid back and breezy. liners in next week’s Top Shelf but give you a tease this week in case you’re looking to buy a four-day pass. The acclaimed duo of Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high? 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Thursday12 Rocky Mountain UkeFest, July 12-15, Durango. Yoga Flow, 8 a.m., Pine River Library. Women’s Drop-in Tennis, 9 a.m., Durango High School courts. Beginner Tai Chi, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. Baby Meetup, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Columbine House at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 419 San Juan Dr. Kids World Music Dance Party with music from Asia, 10 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield.

Submit “On the Town” items by Monday at noon to:

Toddler Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m., Durango Library.

Lacey Black performs, 7:30 p.m., Rum Bar, Silverton. “The Complete History of America (Abridged),” 7:30 p.m., performance also runs July 13, Sunflower Theatre in Cortez. Open Mic & Stand-Up Comedy, 8 p.m., El Rancho Tavern, 975 Main Ave. Karaoke with Crazy Charlie, 8 p.m.-close, Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave.

Lacey Black performs, 5-8 p.m., Serious Texas BBQ South. 259-9507. Fab Fridays in July, block party featuring local businesses, 5-8 p.m., 1100 block of Main Avenue. The Kirk James Band performs, 5-8 p.m., The Rusty Shovel Café.

Thursday Night Funk Jam, 9 p.m.-midnight, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.

“A Wild Food Extravaganza!” benefit for organic land stewardship, featuring plant walk with Katrina Blair, gourmet dinner and music with Stillhouse Junkies, 5:30 p.m., River Bend Ranch, 27846 Highway 550. 355-8877.


Fairy Tales, orchestral concert, 7-9 p.m., festival tent at Purgatory.

Durango Early Bird Toastmasters, 7-8:30 a.m., LPEA headquarters, 45 Stewart St. 769-7615.

Open Mic Night, 7-11 p.m., Steaming Bean, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200.

Teen Time: Sharpie Tie Dye, 1-2 p.m., Durango Public Library.

Native Plant Hikes, 8:30 a.m., hike also runs July 14, Woods Lake area along the Lone Cone Trail. Register at 728-4678 or

Genuine Cowhide performs, 8 p.m., Blondies in Cortez. 739-4944.

Drop-in Tennis, all ages welcome, 4 p.m., Durango High School courts.

BID Coffee & Conversation, 8:30-9:30 a.m., First National Bank, 259 W. 9th St.

Old Dog Tre performs, 8 p.m., The Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village.

“Doc Swords,” PTSD Social Club for Veterans, 4-6 p.m., VFW, 1550 Main Ave.

Free yoga, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Lively Boutique, 809 Main Ave.

Farmers Market, featuring local farmers, artisans and live music, 4-8 p.m., Three Springs Plaza.

Zumba Gold, 9:30-10:15 a.m., La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

StillHouse Junkies perform, part of Burger & a Band Series, 5-8 p.m., James Ranch Harvest Grill, 33846 HWY 550. 676-1023.

Summertime Book Sale, hosted by Friends of the Library, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., sale also runs July 14, Durango Public Library.

Durango Farmers Market, featuring live music from Victor Andrada, 8 a.m.-noon, First National Bank parking lot, 259 W. 9th St.

Ska-B-Q with Afrobeatniks, 5-8 p.m., Ska Brewing, 225 Girard St.

Kids Rockin’ Awesome Water Play Day, 10 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield.

Butterflies and Blooms Family Walk, hosted by San Juan Mountains Association, 8:30 a.m.-noon, above South Mineral Creek. Register at

Sitting Meditation, 5:30-6:15 p.m., Durango Dharma Center, 1800 E. 3rd Ave. 764-8070 or

Open Art Studio, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ignacio Library.

Concerts @ The Park features the Rocky Mountain UkeFest All-Star Band, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Buckley Park. La Plata Quilters Guild meets, 6 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds. 799-1632. Kirk James Blues Band performs, part of Summer Sounds at Three Springs, 6-8 p.m., Three Springs Plaza. Powerhouse Pub Trivia, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio. Acoustic Music Jam, 7 p.m., Pine River Library.

DJ P.A. spins, 8:30 p.m., Blondies in Cortez. DJ Noonz, 8 p.m.-close, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.

Preschool Storytime, 10:30-11 a.m., Durango Public Library. Intermediate Tai Chi, 10:30-11:30 a.m., event runs each Friday, Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. Kids’ Club, 1-2 p.m., Durango Public Library.


Drop-in Tennis, all ages, 9 a.m., Durango High School courts. Henry Stoy performs, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jean-Pierre Café, 601 Main Ave. 570-650-5982. VFW Indoor Flea Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1550 Main Ave. 247-0384.

Screen-Free Playtime, 3-5 p.m., White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, 128 W. 14th St. 259-2213.

Picker’s Circle, all levels, 3-5 p.m., White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, 128 W. 14th St. 259-2213.

Free Legal Clinic, 4-5 p.m., Ignacio Community Library. 563-9287.

Pete Giuliani and Schyler Healy perform, 5-9 p.m., Animas River Beer Garden, Doubletree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio.

Leadership La Plata 30th Anniversary Party, 5 p.m., festival tent at Purgatory. www.leadership

Garrett Valenci performs, 5:30 p.m., Digs in Three Springs.

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The Black Velvet Trio performs, 7 p.m., Derailed Pour House, 725 Main Ave. The Nightowls, 7-9 p.m., festival tent at Purgatory Resort. “Where the Wild Things Are,” part of Music in the Mountains, 7:30 p.m., Sunflower Theatre in Cortez. DJ P.A. spins for the ‘80s Decade All Class Reunion, 8 p.m., Cortez Elks Lodge. 403-7706. Comedy Cocktail open mic stand up, 8 p.m., Eno Wine Bar, 723 E. 2nd Ave. DJ Noonz, 8 p.m.-close, Moe’s, 937 Main Ave.

Sunday15 Veterans Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Elks Club, 901 E. 2nd Ave. 946-4831. Henry Stoy performs, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Jean-Pierre Café, 601 Main Ave. 570-650-5982.

“On the Road” meeting with La Plata County commissioners, 7 p.m., Dalton Ranch Golf Club. Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Blondies in Cortez. Books & Brews, hosted by Durango Public Library, 78:30 p.m., Animas Brewing Co., 1560 E. 2nd Ave. Learn to Square Dance, with Wild West Squares, 78:30 p.m., Florida Grange, 656 Hwy 172. 903-6478.

Folk Jam, 6-8 p.m., Steaming Bean, 900 Main Ave. The Four Corners Beekeepers Association meets, creating and overwintering nucleus hives, 6:30 p.m., Florida Baptist Church, 30296 Highway 160. 247-0893 or DJ Crazy Charlie hosts karaoke, 6:30-10:30 p.m., Billy Goat Saloon in Gem Village. Open Mic Night, 7 p.m., Blondies in Cortez.

Tuesday17 Yoga for All, 9 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. Beginner Tai Chi, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. Zumba Gold, 9:30-10:15 a.m., La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave. Nature Tours at Purgatory, hosted by San Juan Mountains Association, 9:45 a.m.-noon, meet outside ticket office, Purgatory Resort. 759-9113. Storytime, 10 a.m., Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave.

Trivia Night, 7-10 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. Open Mic Night, 8 p.m.-close, Starlight, 937 Main Ave.

Wednesday18 Morning Meditation, 8 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. 884-2222. StoryTime, 10-11 a.m., Ignacio Library. 563-9287. Intermediate Tai Chi, 10-11 a.m., Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

Writers’ Workshop, 2 p.m., Ignacio Library. Walk with Presence: Tango with McCarson & Zach, four-week series for any experience level, no partner necessary, 3-4 p.m., Red Scarf Studio, 121 W. 32nd St., Studio C. 505-918-4187 or Adult Coloring & Afternoon Tea, 3-5 p.m., White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, 128 W. 14th St. 259-2213. Live Kung Fu Dubbing, 5 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave.

Drop-in Digital Device Help, 10 a.m., Forest Lakes Rec Center in Bayfield. Summer Reading Show: Pint Size Polka, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Durango Public Library. 375-3380. Storytime, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Mancos Public Library. Teen Summer Reading Program, noon, Pine River Library in Bayfield. ICL Knitters, 1-3 p.m., Ignacio Library. 563-9287.

The Black Velvet Duo performs, 6-9 p.m., Cyprus Café, 725 E. 2nd Ave.

Baby Storytime, 2-2:30 p.m., Durango Public Library.

Blue Moon Ramblers, 7 p.m., Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave.

Smiley Farmers Market, 3-6 p.m., event runs each Tuesday, Smiley Building, 1309 E. 3rd Ave.

Through the Looking Glass, orchestral concert, 7-9 p.m., festival tent at Purgatory.

Farm Stand, 3-6:30 p.m., Tuesday and Friday, Twin Buttes Farm, Highway 160.


Drop-in Tennis, all ages welcome, 4 p.m., Durango High School courts.

Yogalates, 9 a.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. Play days for caregivers and children, 10 a.m., also Wed., Pine River Library in Bayfield.

Rotary Club of Durango, presentation by Charles DiFerdinando on an early Durango businessman, 6 p.m., Strater Hotel. 385-7899.

Watch Your Step class, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Durango Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

Knit or Crochet with Kathy Graf, 6-7 p.m., Mancos Public Library. 533-7600.

Gentle Yoga, 1 p.m., Durango Senior Center.

Adult Board Game Night, 6-7:30 p.m., Durango Library.


Story Hour, learn about ranching and hear stories about farms and ranches, 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays thru Aug. 22, James Ranch. 767-1023. Early Literacy Play Date, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Durango Public Library. Storytime, 11-11:30 a.m., White Rabbit Books & Curiosities, 128 W. 14th St. 259-2213. Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary Club, noon, Tequila’s in Bayfield. Teen Summer Reading Program, noon, Pine River Library in Bayfield. Free Trauma Conscious Yoga for Veterans and Families, noon-1 p.m., Elks Lodge, 901 E. 2nd Ave. Tuesday Crafternoons, 1 p.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. Open Knitting Group, 1-3 p.m., Smiley Café, 1309 E. 3rd Ave. “Women in the Southwest” Summer Lecture Series, presentation on “Western Women We Respect: Durango’s Own Olga Little” with FLC History Professor Andrew Gulliford, 1:30 p.m., Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Lyceum Room. 247-7456.

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AskRachel Interesting fact: In 1977, it became illegal in Quebec for businesses to advertise using English names. So rather than adopt separate branding, Tim Horton’s dropped its apostrophe worldwide and became Tim Hortons.

like a charm. Now, I want to do something similar here at home, just to distance myself from our even more dumbass president. But will a Canadian flag pin just make me an ICE target? – Whaddya Think, Eh?

Dear Rachel, I keep seeing these inspirational videos on Facebook that tell me that my job is wasting my life, that I should do what makes me happy, that I should live my life for love and not for money. I agree with every point! But then it turns out I also need a job to pay for my food, so I can stay alive to live and be happy. The Dalai Lama has a long waiting list, so I’m asking you to show me the way instead. - Seeking Illumination

Dear Mountie, Oh please. You don’t actually think our fledgling SS recruits hate Canadians, do you? We’re only pissing on Canada because Canada is an ally, and that’s how we treat allies these days. But the immigration enforcement officials have no reason to round you up, unless you look like one of them Mexican Canadians. Just carry some Tim Hortons donuts with you at all times, and you should be free and clear from any law enforcement harassment. – Sworry, Rachel

Dear Illuminati, If there were one known answer to finding spiritual happiness here on this earthly plane, you wouldn’t have gurus and evangelists and philosophers all searching for it. I do know one thing, though: true happiness comes from within. Explore deep within yourself, and trust the guides who show you signs. In other words, get off of Facebook and start experiencing joy IRL. – Ignoring your friend request, Rachel

Dear Rachel, I studied and traveled abroad a lot during the W. years, and to avoid getting questions and criticism for our dumbass president, I put a Canadian flag pin on my backpack strap. Worked

Dear Rachel, It’s almost like the universe decided I am here on this planet to be a champion for people who are criticized and discriminated against based on their weight. I hear people judging large people, as if their excess weight is 100 percent due to personal choice. I jump in to defend them, because we don’t know what genetics, health conditions and socioeconomic situations they are facing. But the people I talk to just get defensive. How can I best approach this situation in a way that others may actually listen to me? – Batman for Big People Dear Sir Talksalot, I admire you for giving people enough credit to want to see the complete picture of another human

Email Rachel at being. But it’s so much easier to reduce them to a societal standard, and then ridicule them for not matching it. If you really want to make a difference in how people experience the world, I recommend you condense your life’s purpose down to a 55-second video clip, complete with visually compelling graphics and easyto-read bullet points, and post it to Facebook. Preferably Canadian Facebook. – Crying into my Hortons, Rachel Live music, 5:30 p.m., daily, Diamond Belle, 699 Main.

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True West Rodeo, featuring bareback, barrel racing, bull riding and more, 6:30-9 p.m., La Plata County Fairgrounds.

Beer 101, 3 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave.

Yoga en Español, 7:30-8:30 p.m., YogaDurango, 1140 Main Ave.

Karaoke, 8 p.m., Thur-Sun, 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E 8th.

Animas City Farmer’s Market, 3-7 p.m., 2977 Main Ave.

Karaoke, 8 p.m., Blondies in Cortez. Karaoke with Crazy Charlie, 8 p.m.-close, Wild Horse Saloon, 601 E. 2nd Ave.


Floor Barre Class, 3-4 p.m., Absolute Physical Therapy, 277 E. 8th Ave. 764-4094. Julius Quartet Chamber performs for Women’s Resource Center, part of the Summer Concert Series, 5-7 p.m., Rochester Hotel Secret Garden, 726 E. 2nd Ave. Tom McBride Multimedia Artist Reception, 5:30 p.m., Pine River Library in Bayfield. Thank the Veterans! potluck, Peter Neds and Glenn Keefe perform, 5:30-8:30 p.m., VFW, 1550 Main Ave. 8287777. Adult Game Night, 6 p.m., Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. Bluegrass Jam, 6-9 p.m., Steaming Bean, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200. Jeff Solon Jazz Duo performs, 6-9 p.m., Cyprus Café, 725 E. 2nd Ave.

Upcoming Old Fort Open House, noon-4 p.m., July 19, Old Fort in Hesperus.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 8:30 p.m., BREW Pub & Kitchen, 117 W. College Dr. 259-5959.

Open House and Information Session for Animas High School, 5:30-6:30 p.m., July 19, Animas High School, 271 Twin Buttes Ave. 247-2474.


I Draw Slow performs for Concerts @ the Park, July 19, Buckley Park.

“Southwest Impressions,” works by Cheryl Berglund, exhibit runs thru July 28, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave.

Rob Webster performs, part of Summer Sounds at Three Springs, 6-8 p.m., July 19, Three Springs Plaza.

“Intransigent Stratum,” works of Jave Yoshimoto, exhibit runs thru July 29, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave.

Mister Riot, OHM, DeeJay Psycho Pat, Kron Jeremy and Jot Scripts perform, 9 p.m., July 19, Blondies in Cortez. 739-4944.

Music in the Mountains, festival runs thru July 29.

iAM Music Fest! Summer Concert Series, 5 p.m.midnight, July 20, 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave.

Improvisational Quilters Group Show, thru July 31, Durango Public Library. Works by Sheila Maynard, on display thru August, Raider Ridge Café, 509 E. 8th Ave.

Bluegrass Jam, 6-9 p.m., Steaming Bean, 900 Main Ave. 403-1200.

“Collection,” works of Mary Ellen Long, exhibit runs thru Sept. 1, F.O.A.L Gallery, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. 2nd Ave.

Gary Walker & Faith Evangeline performs, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jean-Pierre Café, 601 Main Ave.

Bar D Chuckwagon nightly, 5:30 p.m., 8080 County Road 250.

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Live music, 7 p.m., daily, The Office, 699 Main Ave.


Deadline for “On the Town” submissions is Monday at noon. To submit an item email: calendar@durango

FreeWillAstrology by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your key theme right now is growth. Let’s dig in and analyze its nuances. 1. Not all growth is good for you. It may stretch you too far too fast – beyond your capacity to integrate and use it. 2. Some growth that is good for you doesn’t feel good to you. It might force you to transcend comforts that are making you stagnant, and that can be painful. 3. Some growth that’s good for you may meet resistance from people close to you; they might prefer you to remain just as you are, and may even experience your growth as a problem. 4. Some growth that isn’t particularly good for you may feel pretty good. For instance, you could enjoy working to improve a capacity or skill that is irrelevant to your long-term goals. 5. Some growth is good for you in some ways, and not so good in other ways. You have to decide if the trade-off is worth it. 6. Some growth is utterly healthy for you, feels pleasurable, and inspires other people. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You can’t sing with someone else’s mouth, Taurus. You can’t sit down and settle into a commanding new power spot with someone else’s butt. Capiche? I also want to tell you that it’s best if you don’t try to dream with someone else’s heart, nor should you imagine you can fine-tune your relationship with yourself by pushing someone else to change. But here’s an odd fact: You can enhance your possibility for success by harnessing or borrowing or basking in other people’s luck. Especially in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You wouldn’t attempt to cure a case of hiccups by repeatedly smacking your head against a wall, right? You wouldn’t use an anti-tank rocket launcher to eliminate the mosquito buzzing around your room, and you wouldn’t set your friend’s hair on fire as a punishment for arriving late to your rendezvous at the café. So don’t overreact to minor tweaks of fate, my dear Gemini. Don’t over-medicate tiny disturbances. Instead, regard the glitches as learning opportunities. Use them to cultivate more patience, expand your tolerance, and strengthen your character. CANCER (June 21-July 22): I pay tribute to your dizzying courage, you wise fool. I stage-whisper “Congratulations!” as you slip away from your hypnotic routine and wander out to the edge of mysterious joy. With a crazy grin of encouragement and my fist pressed against my chest, I salute your efforts to transcend your past. I praise and exalt you for demonstrating that freedom is never permanent but must be reclaimed and reinvented on a regular

basis. I cheer you on as you avoid every temptation to repeat yourself, demean yourself, and chain yourself.

excellent time to commit yourself to a Great Work that you will give your best to for the rest of your long life!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I’m feeling a bit helpless as I watch you messing with that bad but good stuff that is so wrong but right for you. I am rendered equally inert as I observe you playing with the strong but weak stuff that’s interesting but probably irrelevant. I fidget and sigh as I monitor the classy but trashy influence that’s angling for your attention; and the supposedly fast-moving process that’s creeping along so slowly; and the seemingly obvious truth that would offer you a much better lesson if only you would see it for the chewy riddle that it is. What should I do about my predicament? Is there any way I can give you a boost? Maybe the best assistance I can offer is to describe to you what I see.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21): What’s the biggest lie in my life? There are several candidates. Here’s one: I pretend I’m nonchalant about one of my greatest failures; I act as if I’m not distressed by the fact that the music I’ve created has never received the listenership it should it have. How about you, Sagittarius? What’s the biggest lie in your life? What’s most false or dishonest or evasive about you? Whatever it is, the immediate future will be a favorable time to transform your relationship with it. You now have extraordinary power to tell yourself liberating truths. Three weeks from now, you could be a more authentic version of yourself than you’ve ever been.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Psychologist Paul Ekman has compiled an extensive atlas of how emotions are revealed in our faces. “Smiles are probably the most underrated facial expressions,” he has written, “much more complicated than most people realize. There are dozens of smiles, each differing in appearance and in the message expressed.” I bring this to your attention, Virgo, because your assignment in the coming weeks – should you choose to accept it – is to explore and experiment with your entire repertoire of smiles. I’m confident that life will conspire to help you carry out this task. More than at any time since your birthday in 2015, this is the season for unleashing your smiles. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Lucky vibes are coalescing in your vicinity. Scouts and recruiters are hovering. Helpers, fairy godmothers and future playmates are growing restless waiting for you to ask them for favors. Therefore, I hereby authorize you to be imperious, regal and overflowing with self-respect. I encourage you to seize exactly what you want, not what you’re “supposed” to want. Or else be considerate, appropriate, modest and full of harmonious caution. CUT! CUT! Delete that “be considerate” sentence. The Libra part of me tricked me into saying it. And this is one time when people of the Libra persuasion are allowed to be free from the compulsion to balance and moderate. You have a mandate to be the show, not watch the show. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Emily Dickinson wrote 1,775 poems – an average of one every week for 34 years. I’d love to see you launch an enduring, deep-rooted project that will require similar amounts of stamina, persistence and dedication. Are you ready to expand your vision of what’s possible for you to accomplish? The current astrological omens suggest that the next two months will be an

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now and then you go through phases when you don’t know what you need until you stumble upon it. At times like those, you’re wise not to harbor fixed ideas about what you need or where to hunt for what you need. Metaphorically speaking, a holy grail might show up in a thrift store. An eccentric stranger may provide you with an accidental epiphany at a bus stop or a convenience store. Who knows? A crucial clue may even jump out at you from a spam email or a reality TV show. I suspect that the next two weeks might be one of those odd grace periods for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Reverse psychology” is when you convince people to do what you wish they would do by shrewdly suggesting that they do the opposite of what you wish they would do. “Reverse censorship” is when you write or speak the very words or ideas that you have been forbidden to express. “Reverse cynicism” is acting like it’s chic to express glee, positivity and enthusiasm. “Reverse egotism” is bragging about what you don’t have and can’t do. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to carry out all these reversals, as well as any other constructive or amusing reversals you can dream up. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Poet Emily Dickinson once revealed to a friend that there was only one Commandment she ever obeyed: “Consider the Lilies.” Japanese novelist Natsume Sōseki told his English-speaking students that the proper Japanese translation for “I love you” is Tsuki ga tottemo aoi naa, which literally means “The moon is so blue tonight.” In accordance with current astrological omens, Pisces, I’m advising you to be inspired by Dickinson and Sōseki. More than any other time in 2018, your duty in the coming weeks is to be lyrical, sensual, aesthetic, imaginative and festively non-literal.



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Deadline for Telegraph classified ads is Tuesday at noon. Ads are a bargain at 10 cents a character with a $5 minimum. Even better, ads can now be placed online: Prepayment is required via cash, credit card or check. (Sorry, no refunds or substitutions.)

Ads can be submitted via: n classifieds@durango n 970-259-0133 n 777 Main Ave., #214 Approximate office hours: Mon., 9ish - 5ish Tues., 9ish - 5ish Wed., 9ish - 3ish Thurs., On delivery Fri., 10:30ish - 2ish please call ahead: 259-0133.

Announcements The Perfect Gift for your favorite dirtbag. Literature from Durango’s own Benighted Publications. The Climbing Zine, The Great American Dirtbags, American Climber, Climbing Out of Bed and Graduating From College Me are available at: Maria’s Bookshop, Pine Needle Mountaineering, the Sky Store, or on the interweb at

Pets Love Your Dog! At the Durango Dog Wash behind Liquor World in the Albertson’s parking lot. Open every day!

Wanted Turn Vehicles, Copper, Alum, Etc. Into Cash! at RJ Metal Recycle, also free appliance and other metal drop off. 970-259-3494.


finishing custom wood products for large scale building projects. Pay DOE. Email Resumes to danielle@durangowoodcom 6th Street Liquor Hiring PT 6th Street Liquors hiring part time day shift position. Come in 9am-12 for an inperson interview with resume or drop off resume at 273 E. College Dr.

Classes/Workshops Finding Calm in the Chaos Parenting workshop Thursday, July 26 at Summit Psychology 5:30pm 8:30pm. This workshop gives parents tools that can be used immediately to put an end to arguing, backtalk & whining. Join other parents and improve your relationship with your kids while raising kids who are respectful, responsible and fun to be with. Register by calling Dr. Doug Miller at 970/382-2680 or email at Cost is $90/pp or $170/couple. Mommy and Me Dance Class Come join the fun! Now registering for classes. Call 970-749-6456. mom

Services Declutter Compassionate help: in hours have less stuff, great space, and a plan. Love helping folks free up! Jessie 970-4269285.

FLC Mental Health Counselor Fort Lewis College seeking 2 mental health counselors in the Counseling Center. For detailed job information including the online application process, please visit and go to the Employment Opportunities page, then click on the appropriate job link, Fort Lewis College is an AA/EEO employer. Apps. rec’d by August 8, 2018 will be given full consideration.

Cedar Creek Construction LLC Remodels, new construction. Excavation to painting. 25+ yrs experience, insured, local references available. Ben 970-554-9860, Jerry 970-749-5664.

Durango Wood Company is seeking an experienced wood manufacturing professional with a background in molding, planing, shaping and

Pet/House Sitting Exp, very reasonable, exc references, all animals. Lisa 970-903-5396.

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Freelance Graphic Designer Brochures, catalogs, logos and more!


Mediation Generate options – Create agreements – Resolve issues. Save $ as parties split the fee. E: Tricia – DurangoMedia Flying Picards Studio of Music Etc. Now re open after 20 years! 390 E.12th Street in an open and bright studio. Piano, flute, ukulele, saxophone. Private and group lessons. All ages. 3-5 year old small group music classes. French language conversation class all levels. Music for weddings, funerals, events. K-12 certified music and French teacher with over 30 years experience. 970-259-4383 or Low Price on Inside/Outside Storage Near Durango, RJ Mini Storage. 970259-3494. Harmony Organizing and Cleaning Services Create harmony in your space this year by organizing and cleaning your home, vacation home or office. Martee 970-403-6192. Spray Tans! Organic and beautiful! Meg Bush, LMT 970-759-0199. Advanced Duct Cleaning Air duct cleaning specializing in dryer vents. Improves indoor air quality; reduces dust and allergens, energy bills and fire risk. 970-247-2462 www.advanced

BodyWork Insight Cranial Sacral Therapy Quiet, relaxing, deep. Don 970-7698389. Massage by Meg Bush, LMT 30, 60 & 90 min. 970-759-0199. 25 years experience. Couples, sauna, cupping. Reviews on FB + Yelp. 970-9032984. Massage with Kathryn 20+ years experience offering a fusion

of esalen style, deep tissue massage with therapeutic stretching & Acutonics. New clients receive $5 off first session. To schedule appt. call 970-201-3373.

RealEstate Radon Services Free radon testing and consultation. Call Colorado Radon Abatement and Detection for details. 970-946-1618.

ForSale Durango Wood Company Saw dust available. $10/cu yard. Call to schedule appointment 970-247-2088. Colorado Paddle Boards are at the Durango Outdoor Exchange on College Drive. 10.6, 9.6, and 11.0 board packages! Starting at $799. Hot Tub – New 6HP pump, 50 jets. Cost $8,000. Sell $3,650. 505-270-3104. Reruns Home Furnishings We’ve got you covered for patio season with tables, chairs, bistros, umbrellas, lanterns, garden pots, tablecloths & yard art. And indoor furniture: mid-century pieces – chairs, side table, teacart & several nice dressers. 572 E. 6th Ave. 3857336.

YardSales Multi-Family Sat., July 14th, @ 8am. Furniture, clothes, household items and super-cool random stuff. Cedar Avenue - off of Florida Rd. between Aspen and Holly.

RoomateWanted Male Only, In-Town Clean, quiet. No smokers, pets, partiers. $550 including utilities, plus deposit. 970-759-0551.

CommunityService Powerhouse Volunteers Needed! The Powerhouse Science Center is looking for front desk volunteers for as

little as one hour a week! If interested, email No calls please. Lost Work Due to 416 Fire? The Community Emergency Relief Fund is set up for broad-based community emergencies in Southwest Colorado. In response to the 416 Fire, the Community Emergency Relief Fund’s goal is to support local people and relief efforts. Funds are being raised to help 750-1,000 people in La Plata and San Juan counties with bridge funding (immediate expenses) for food, transportation and shelter. Who are we going to help? Core hourly wage workers (32-40 hours/week) and flex hourly wage workers (25-31 hours/week) – all whom have lost their jobs due to 416 Fire. To request funds, fill out application at Get Out of the Smoke! The Durango Cafe au Play is an indoor play space and parent meetup where 0-4 year olds are invited to play for free during the smoky mornings! In the Smiley Building, 1309 East 3rd Ave., upstairs in Room 201. A free baby meetup also happens every Thursday at 2307 Columbine from 9:3011:30. More info?, or visit us on FB. Durango Library Seeking Businesses for Card Discount Program Each September, the library partners with local businesses to celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. The discount program promotes shopping locally

as well as encouraging people to sign up for library cards. To participate, local businesses offer discounts and incentives for customers who show their library card when visiting their location. In turn, businesses receive free advertising as well as more local community members discovering what they have to offer. The Durango Public Library has over 30,000 active card users.  Free to participate. Contact Daisy Grice at 970-375-3387 or for info. Ballroom Dance classes at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center featuring Swing and Cha Cha. The cost is $25.00 for 6 classes. Classes are held on Tuesdays beginning July 24th through August 28th at 10am. Registration Deadline July 23rd. Call Nancy at 382-6428. Crow Canyon, Mesa Verde Development Program for Teachers The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Mesa Verde National Park are teaming up to offer a two-day professional development opportunity for teachers in the Four Corners. Participants receive a $100 per day stipend and have the opportunity to earn continuing education units. All Four Corners-area educators who service grades 3-8 (including special area teachers) are encouraged to apply. The scheduled training dates are: 3rd-4th grade, Aug. 2-3; 5th-6th grade, Aug. 6-7; 7th-8th grade, Aug. 9-10. To register or get more info, contact Crow Canyon educator Cara McCain at, or call 970-564-4387.

No need to be sheepish.

Stephen Ministry Program Open to Help People in Our Community The First United Methodist Church of Durango  has an active Stephen Ministry program which offers one-to-one care for individuals experiencing a crisis like losing a job, losing a loved one, divorce or terminal illness. Stephen Ministers are available to all members of our community. Please note: Stephen Ministry is not mental health counseling. If you know someone who is having a tough time, please ask them to call Stephen Leader, Cathy Schadt, at (970) 2599293 for more information. Opportunity for Local Students to Study Abroad Qualified high school students can spend an academic year, semester or summer holiday in Europe, Asia, North or South America, Australia or South Africa as part of the ASSE International Student Exchange Program. Students, 15-18, qualify with academic performance, character references; and do not need to know the language. Families abroad are carefully screened. ASSE also provides op-

portunities for families to host students – who are screened and selected students 1518 years old – from Spain, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, and more. For more info about becoming a student or host family call 800-733-2773, visit, or email asseu Volunteer-Powered Program Offers Hope SASO seeks compassionate, caring people to become advocates on our 24-hour crisis hotline. Provide sexual assault survivors with support and resources to promote healing. Call Laura, 259-3074 for info.

HaikuMovieReview ‘I Love You, Man’ You will laugh, you will cringe and you will have Rush songs in your head for days – Lainie Maxson

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Drinking&DiningGuide Himalayan Kitchen 992 Main Ave., 970-259-0956 Bringing you a taste of Nepal, Tibet & India. Try our all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. The dinner menu offers a variety of tempting choices, including yak, lamb, chicken, beef & seafood; extensive veggies; freshly baked bread. Full bar. Get your lunch punch card – 10th lunch free. Hours: Lunch, 11am-2:30 pm & dinner, Sun. - Thurs., 5-9:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. ‘til 10 p.m. Closed 2:30 to 5 daily $$ Crossroads Coffee 1099 Main Ave., 970-903-9051 Crossroads coffee proudly serves locally roasted Fahrenheit coffee and delicious baked goods. Menu includes gluten-free items along with bullet-proof coffee, or bullet-proof chai! Come in for friendly service and the perfect buzz! Hours: Mon.- Fri., 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. $

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BREW Pub & Kitchen 117 W. College Drive, 970-259-5959 Experience Durango’s award-winning brewery & restaurant featuring unique, hand-crafted beers, delicious food - made from scratch, and wonderful wines & cocktails. Happy Hour, Mon.- Fri. 3-6 pm & all day Sunday with $2 off beer, $1 off wines & wells & 25% off appetizers. Watch the sunset behind Smelter Mountain. Hours: Sun.-Thurs.11 a.m. - 9p.m., & Fri. & Sat.11 a.m. to 10 p.m. $$


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Durango Telegraph - July 12 2018  

The original indie weekly line on Durango and beyond

Durango Telegraph - July 12 2018  

The original indie weekly line on Durango and beyond