Walk into the main entrance at the old Smiley Middle School, and an auditorium that once hosted student performances and plays, now hosts a different kind of performance. Stop by and see the ArtRoom Collective. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and Pop's Truck and RV Center
Get your hunger on! The Kiwanis Club of Durango will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 68th annual Pancake Supper on September 15th. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
The Rohwer Family was in the middle of planting season on their truck farm in Pleasantview when they were struck head-on in a tragic accident while on their way to their second week at the Durango Farmers Market. This year's crops could have died, but dozens of volunteers have rallied around the family to plant, harvest, and sell crops – and pull weeds, lots of weeds. This story is sponsored by Big-O Tires and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley
As summer draws to a close, you can look forward to the Autumn Arts Festival, Hazardous Waste Collection, and the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and The Payroll Department
A local group of climate change activists is on a mission to educate Four Corners Area residents about the incentives now available to them to play a significant role as individuals in reducing climate change. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings and The Payroll Department
Durango School District 9-R spent the summer making improvements in several schools using money from the bond referendum passed in November 2020. The projects focused on everything from improving safety features to helping create cleaner school spaces. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting & Design Studio and Serious Texas Barbecue
Students will be living on campus at San Juan College for the first time this fall. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by the San Juan College Foundation. The community had an opportunity to tour the three-level, state-of the art facility, featuring a Great Hall, fancy elevators, and pergola-covered courtyard with a fireplace and a grill. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and Boons Family Thai Barbecue.
The Durango City Council voted unanimously this month to ask voters to keep nearly $1.2 million in excess Lodgers Tax revenues, the majority of which will be used for affordable housing. This story is sponsored by Service Master Restore and The Norm Philips Team at Draper and Kramer Mortgage
The Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team, or WESST, was founded with the goals of helping women, people of color, and low-income New Mexicans learn about best business practices, to support new entrepreneurs with financial and business advice, and provide resources within their communities. Farmington’s WESST center in San Juan College’s Quality Center for Business assists local entrepreneurs at every step of their small-business journey. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Service Master Restore
The Durango City Council has identified three priority areas that it has asked residents to rank as part of its proposal to ask voters to retain $1.3 million dollars in excess Lodgers Tax revenues; find out what they are. A new wildlife crossing on U.S. Highway 160 is expected to lower wildlife-vehicle collisions; and find out what's new at this year's San Juan Brewfest. This story is sponsored by the Man Cave Barber and Kroegers Ace Hardware
The Buzz Bus has begun making its rounds once more in Durango, now operated by The Hive. Originally a service provided by the City of Durango, the Buzz Bus provides an alternative to driving impaired, picking up and dropping off people for free. Since it restarted in spring, the Buzz Bus has become a staple on the streets of town on the weekends. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Tafoya Barrett & Associates
A makerspace is what it sounds like, a space to create and make…well, just about anything! At the Big Idea, 3D printers, a fully-stocked woodshop, laser printers, and more combine to create a space to design, create, and develop any variety of projects and more! By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Pop’s Truck and RV Center and The Big Idea at San Juan College
Now this is a new take on birdies and eagles. Big Brothers Big Sisters will drop more than a hundred golf balls at Dalton Ranch for a fund-raiser in August. Adopt your ball now! This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
Animas High School has a new building, finally. After starting in a strip mall and moving to modular trailers, the school, through funding from a BEST grant, will now have a permanent location for students. Construction began last spring, and while there is still more to be done, the building already more than shows the promise of a new space for students. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage and ServiceMaster Restore
The Durango City Council reviews Lodgers Tax refund ideas and mulls ballot language for a possible tax question on the November ballot. Fort Lewis College receives a substantial grant that will cover four scholarships every year for the next 10 years, and the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally returns. This story is sponsored by Tafoya, Barrett & Associates and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley
How will mortgage rate increases affect real-estate sales in Durango and La Plata County? Well, that depends, says Alpenglow Properties' Dan Korman.
When students can't connect with why they're learning what they're learning, they become disengaged and perform poorly, but if they understand that their classes are a stepping stone to becoming what they want to be in life, they will be more successful. That's the idea behind Durango School District 9-R's new Portrait of a Graduate education plan. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting and Design and Kroegers Ace Hardware
The tourism industry rebound in the pandemic's wake last summer generated far more in Lodgers Tax revenues than TABOR allows. Voters may be asked to decide what to do with the money. Will the Camino del Rio underpass be delayed again? And you have only a few Fridays more to enjoy free movies in the park. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and TBK Bank
We took a deep dive and looked at the naked truth behind the infamous Tico Time River RV Resort. What we discovered was that the noise and nudity complaints have abated—along with many changes. Now in its third season, the relaxed beach vibe is finally clicking for campers and neighbors alike. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Three Rivers Brewing and The Big Idea Makerspace
Laura Harper began writing the script for a film about Rambo, her once-wild mustang who came from the Carracas Mesa. As she learned more about Rambo’s past, she found parallels between the horses and the evolution of New Mexico’s history, as well as her own life in the Southwest. The resulting film, “RAMBO of the Carracas Mesa,” ties together New Mexico history, wild horses, and everyday people to tell the story of the mustangs of San Juan County. This story is sponsored by Distil Beer Wine Spirits and SunRay Park & Casino
Study finds that average annual wages in most employment sectors do not provide enough income to meet a family of four's basic needs. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings and the Man Cave Barber
The City of Durango's over-the-air television broadcasts of city council meetings may soon come to an end, but live broadcasts and video archives will still be available on the Internet. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue, and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley
The Durango Derailers. What started out as a way to say thank you has turned into an invaluable service to defray travel costs for families with children who need out-of-town medical treatments. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank
San Juan County, the City of Farmington, and the Navajo Nation hope to bring a freight rail system to the Four Corners, and a $2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will pay for a feasibility study, now in its early stages. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and Three Rivers Brewery
Dylan McClain and Dalton Bevill may have practical construction skills, but they wanted to do more to express their artistic side, so they joined forces to start Animas Artisans, a Design and Fabrication Studio. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage
No fireworks, but a drone show will light up the skies this Fourth of July weekend. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Museum reopens to the public, and take a gander at the latest conceptual drawings for a redesigned downtown. This story is sponsored by Pop's Truck and RV Center and Tafoya Barrett and Associates
The Southwest Civic Winds, founded in 2012, boasts a robust band of 40 members, give or take, playing a variety of instruments, music, and songs from across the world. While they can and do perform in concert halls and other similar venues, you can catch a glimpse of them at the Fourth of July Rotary Park Pancake Breakfast this year. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the Payroll Department
Bright and early every Saturday morning during the summer, come join local food and craft vendors at the Durango Farmers Market in TBK Bank. Pick up some fresh lettuce, radishes, mushroom, and perhaps a hat or cake, all the while enjoying live music, community fun, and support your local farmers while you’re at it. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley, LLC
Mesa Verde Country hopes to manage and market the Trails of the Ancients Byway so that visitors to Southwest Colorado will find a reason to extend their stays by one or two more days. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
Horse Empower has a unique way of approaching a ladies’ night out - in the midst of the staples of good food, drinks, and conversation, a horse might just make its appearance. Kim Hardesty, owner of Horse Empower, and her herd of horses offer a range of services, from equine therapy to equine-assisted learning. One of the programs though, might just offer new options for a night out. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage
Persistent drought has caused severe fire weather conditions, so area agencies have moved to Stage 2 fire restrictions. That means no fires whatsoever. This story is sponsored by Service Master Restore and Ute Mountain Casino
The San Juan Basin Public Health District may become another casualty of the COVID pandemic. Whether that happens remains to be seen. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings and Pop's Truck and RV Center
KSUT Public Radio wants to reduce polarization between people in the Four Corners with a new conversation series and it invites residents from throughout the region to participate. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley
Rural Northern New Mexico and Southwest Colorado are suffering from teacher shortages, particularly in secondary math and science classrooms and special education classrooms. The Three Rivers Education Foundation hopes to put a dent in the problem with a unique teacher-training program for professionals considering a change in their careers. This story is sponsored by Boons Family Thai Barbecue and Pop's Truck and RV Center
Get your calendars ready! This week's Local News Roundup offers a slew of special events to keep you entertained while you support good causes. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue and The Cave Man Barber
SkillsUSA is an organization that assists students from middle school students through college with career and technical education, leadership experience, and more. Durango High School has a long history of successful SkillsUSA students in their local chapter, and after a COVID-related hiatus, club advisor Shaun Smith and a team of six DHS students are headed to the national SkillsUSA Championships in June, paying for and fundraising their way. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
After five years of looking, La Plata County and the City of Durango have found a site to establish a managed camp for residents experiencing homelessness. This story is sponsored by Closets Plus and Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings
Montezuma County residents Frank Dean and Wendy Walker run a worm farm. Yes, WORM farm. Four Corners Worm Farm. And they're on a mission to introduce worm composting and worm fertilizer as a practice in regenerative agriculture that reduces the amount of waste thrown in landfills and rids the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers – and provides bait for the occasional fisherman. This story is sponsored by the LOR Foundation of Montezuma and Keesee Motors
Summertime in the southwest means blue skies, warm weather, and, unfortunately, drought conditions. Fires already are burning across the Four Corners, so how best do we balance having fun in the sun, with taking precautions and being safe with fires? By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and Pop’s Truck and RV Center You can visit San Juan County Fire & Rescue, Cortez Fire & Rescue, La Plata County Search & Rescue, and Durango Fire & Rescue for updates
Emergency services will have to undergo more scrutiny for land-use changes, Men Who Grill returns to Buckley Park, and Durango Arts Center summer camps begin. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and ServiceMaster Restore
Dog lovers united for the Durango Kennel Club’s annual American Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show at McGee Park in Farmington. On their best behavior, 600 dogs and their owners, handlers, and judges came from across the United States and Mexico to participate. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Ute Mountain Casino and ServiceMaster Restore
Community Concert Hall at the Park returns this summer with free performances every Thursday evening starting on June 16. Find out who will be on stage. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.
At the first of two debates for the 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, the two Republican candidates, Don Coram and Lauren Boebert, debated policy issues, gun rights, and water issues. Sky Ute Casino hosted the debate. This story is sponsored by 2180 Lighting and Design Studio and Man Cave Barber
The Aztec Museum complex houses one of the finest collections of authentic western Americana in the country. Tour a dozen structures in the “Village,” among them a doctor’s office, general store, black smith and foundry, Aztec’s first jailhouse, and the old Cedar Hill Church. The Museum also offers a summer concert series. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by ServiceMaster Restore and Distil Beer Wine Spirits
A simple desire by Durango business owners to share their success with the community has turned into a formal funding mechanism for local businesses to have an impact on local social equity issues. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and The Norm Phillips Team, at Draper & Kramer Mortgage
Get ready to celebrate the Ute Mountain Casino's 30th anniversary – it's 'Still the One' for gaming, dining and serving as central headquarters for visitors who want to explore Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners Region. This story is sponsored by the LOR Foundation and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley
The Durango City Council will hold a public hearing to determine whether it should adopt a proposed ordinance changing whether emergency services like the Durango Fire and Rescue Authority should undergo a more stringent public review process for land-use proposals; the Durango Botanic Gardens annual garden tour returns, and the San Juan National Forest will impose Stage 1 fire restrictions beginning May 25. This story is sponsored by Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings and Closets Plus
Stalking the elusive wild morel mushroom happens in the springtime here in the Southwest, usually in a thick of old cottonwoods, where they like to grow in the newly dead roots of the trees along the Pine River. Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by Pops Truck and RV Center and Boons Family Thai Barbecue
While thousands of bicycle riders and their families will arrive in Durango Memorial Day Weekend to ride in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic or watch cyclists race the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad over three mountain passes to Silverton, hundreds of others across the world will be riding Hermosa Valley leg of the race without rolling a wheel into town. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware, Choice Building Supply, and Ace Hardware of Farmington
Water tests indicate an increase in the COVID virus, Pueblo Community College Southwest will offer a once-a-week class to help students get a jump on their college educations, and the Grandview Bridge, once again, will become the Bridge to Nowhere. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue and Tafoya Barrett and Associates.
For its summer exhibition, the Powerhouse Science Center has teamed up with the National GUITAR Museum to display Medieval to Metal - an exploration of the history of the guitar from its early origins with the Arabic Oud to modern-day Guitar-Hero controllers. With hands-on exhibits on how sound is made and what the inside of a guitar looks like, there’s a little something for everyone. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by Kroegers Ace Hardware and The Payroll Department
When Riverview science teacher Charlie Love learned that the lot where the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden grows was to be sold, he proposed that it be moved up the hill to Riverview Elementary School. Little did he anticipate that his suggestion would plant the seeds of inspiration to grow an outdoor community education center. This story is sponsored by Serious Texas Barbecue and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley
Farmington’s most charming B & B, Casa Blanca Inn and Suites, is a Spanish Colonial hacienda built in the 1950s. Minutes from downtown Main Street, it’s surrounded by gardens, court yards and sparkling water fountains. Each of the nine suites are unique and luxurious with kitchens, king beds and jet tubs. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by ServiceMaster Restore and Boons Family Thai Barbecue
This week's news roundup touches on proposed changes to the annual Fourth of July celebration, concerts in the park this summer, and beginning farmer classes at the Old Fort. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
The Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center opened its doors in 2015 with the goal of creating a space where LGBTQ+ youths could safely hang out, learn about services available to them, and where parents of LGBTQ+ youths can find resources. The Center offers after-school programs for youths ages five to 18, as well as a couple of parent groups and a couple of community-wide activities aimed at education about and for the LGBTQ+ community. This story is sponsored by StoneAge Tools and Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will honor the past and look to the future during this year's 50th anniversary celebration. This story is brought to you by Alpine Bank.
Wendy is no longer letting her weight interfere with her life and her goals. PHD Weight Loss and Nutrition have given her the tools to not only lose the weight, but maintain it as well.
The City of Durango unveiled several design alternatives to build pickleball courts at the Duane Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College, and charge up your e-mountain bikes. You now can ride them on the Twin Buttes Trail System. This story is sponsored by the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley and Pop's Truck and RV Center
Halfway through her weight loss journey, Wendy is feeling joy and confidence again in her clothes as well as how she presents herself. PHD Weight Loss and Nutrition have been there for her the entire time.
Spring snowpack below normal; Fly to Vegas on Frontier, catch Kokanee at Nighthorse, LPEA donates $150,000 to nonprofits and scholarships. This story is sponsored by The Norm Phillips Team and TBK Bank
With the availability of housing stock dwindling in the wake of the pandemic, prices are soaring with the average sale price about 101.4 percent above asking price. Alpenglow Properties owner Dan Korman touches on the factors affecting housing costs.
PHD Weight Loss and Nutrition clinicians is supporting her Wendy on weight loss journey. Having that guide and accountability partner is helping her stay on track to reach her weight loss goal.
Durango School District 9-R received the first $250,000 check from the Durango Education Foundation's “Bridge the Gap” campaign to raise $450,000 to enhance K-12 literacy, math and science programs. This story is sponsored by Closets Plus and Happy Pappy's Pizza and Wings.
Founded in 1952 by choreographer Amalia Hernandez, Ballet Folklorico is Mexico’s most revered traditional dance company. It brings together music, dance and costumes from pre-Columbian civilizations through the modern era. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and Traegers Bar
When John Modesitt moved to Durango, he was drawn to the nature and the beauty of the area. When the 416 Fire caused Modesitt to store his artwork in the horse arena on his property, he realized the space could be utilized as a place to display his work in such a way that his daughter named the space Museum of Impressionism. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and the law firm of Downs McDonough Cowan and Foley
This week's Roundup covers the City of Durango's affordable housing initiatives, including a plan to offer deed-restricted housing to locals; Durango's BMX track has been selected as the site for this year's state championship meet, and Purgatory receives a thumbs up on plans to expand. This story is sponsored by Pop's Truck and RV Center and the law firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan & Foley
Holidays, birthdays, and special events, will no longer be a challenge for Wendy. PHD Weight Loss and Nutrition is showing her how to make the right choices during her weight loss journey and keep the weight off when she reaches her goal.
The Boys and Girls Club of La Plata County has provided a safe and positive environment for thousands of kids since it opened its doors 15 years ago. This story is sponsored by Alpine Bank.
When Nicholas Random decided to open another coffee shop downtown, his main goal was to make a family-friendly space. Inside the Main Mall, Stimulus Cafe has open space for kids to run around, a book nook filled with books for all ages, and freshly-baked pastries always at the ready. This story is sponsored by TBK Bank and Closets Plus
Create Art and Tea has a new space, where high teas mingle with local artwork. It’s a space to slow down and enjoy the little things in life. This story is sponsored by The Payroll Department and Pop’s Truck and RV Center
Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass re-established her roots here, when she returned home and joined San Juan College as president in July 2012. In the meantime, she has increased the number of graduates by 143 percent and continued to advance student success while shouldering a pesky pandemic. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by CMIT Solutions and ServiceMaster Restoration Specialists
Kirtland native Alexander Chambers opened Chambers Steakhouse five months ago in Farmington. Now, with a staff of 15, his USDA-certified mutton steaks, ribs, and other mutton dishes are being gobbled up by locals. By Donna K. Hewett. This story is sponsored by ServiceMaster Restore and Boons Family Thai Barbecue
The Women’s Resource Center, in collaboration with the Durango Public Library and Wild Child Adventure Collective photography, has put together an exhibit highlighting several of the frontline women workers in the Durango community as part of the WRC’s Women’s History Month Events. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by FASTSIGNS and Closets Plus
La Plata Search and Rescue has a variety of teams that deploy according to need. One such team is Rae Randolph and her German Shepherd Oso, who is a certified cadaver detection dog. They work with Search and Rescue, Colorado Forensic Canines, and law enforcement officials to assist in investigations and recovery work. By Hannah Robertson. This story is sponsored by FASTSIGNS and ServiceMaster Restore