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Caps Trail

Upcoming reroute of Caps Trail in Horse Gulch could have progressive feature approval

22 Jul 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

An upcoming reroute of the Caps Trail in Horse Gulch will incorporate a progressive feature using enhanced natural features on the new alignment, according to Joanne Gantt, the Administrative Assistant for the Durango Parks and Recreation Department. Caps Trail is currently an overgrown, decrepit, eroded trail running parallel and in between Horse Gulch Road and the ridge on the Meadow Loop. Trails 2000’s Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown pitched the idea for rerouting the Caps Trail to the City’s Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board at…

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A view from the top of Graysill Trail. Photo courtesy of Four Corners Freeride Coalition.

Four Corners Freeride Coalition to host work day on Graysill Trail, Saturday July 15th

14 Jul 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A new trail work organization in Durango, Colorado called the Four Corners Freeride Coalition is hosting a work day on the Graysill Trail on the San Juan National Forest this Saturday, July 15th. Here’s a quick description of the work that’s being done, according to their website: “The goal this weekend is to take care of the major trenching and drainage issues from Cascade Divide Road down to Cascade Creek. As many of you understand that this is a quite a way out there, so if…

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Photo from Test Tracks

8 Jul 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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A view of La Plata mountains from Big Lick Trail.

Sign this petition in resistance of bike bans, trail closures around Hermosa Creek watershed

1 Jul 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Please support mountain bike access and resist trail closures that were mentioned in the recently-published Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment by signing this petition. This petition is designed to help people with an email account to quickly send the drafted message below, or an easily edited version of it to the Forest Service after clicking the ‘Sign Now’ button and immediately after confirming ownership of their email address by checking their inbox. Also, please be patient for your signature to appear on the petition,…

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The top of Big Lick Trail

Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks Forest Service to close trails around Hermosa Creek

28 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife has asked the U.S. Forest Service to exclude mountain bikers from two trails in response to the pre- decisional Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment. Specifically, the CPW is asking officials on the Columbine Ranger District to exclude mountain bikers from the Big Lick Trail, which has historically been open to mountain bikes. Additionally, the CPW is asking that mountain bikes be excluded from the West Cross Creek Trail, in the event that the trail is cleared and becomes…

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Big Lick Trail on the San Juan National Forest has some epic views when you get about half way down.

My comments on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment

27 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Dear Columbine District Ranger Matthew Janowiak, I have several comments to make on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment. Among the four alternatives that the Forest Service has laid out in the document, I support Alternative 3 the most. Alternative 3 makes the most sense to me as a mountain biker and as a conservationist. Mountain bikes, electric bikes and the trails that they are ridden on are all compatible with conservation values. From my extensive experiences on foot and bike in the…

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Campaign contributions made to defeat Durango’s fluoride-free ballot initiative

26 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

In the run up to the April 2017 election ballot initiative question about ending water fluoridation in Durango, campaign contributions poured in on both sides, with opponents of change having raised eight times more than Clean Water Durango, reports show. Among the roughly $40,000 dollars that was donated to the No […] Source: Campaign contributions made to defeat Durango’s fluoride-free ballot initiative – Clean Water Durango

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Wildlife photography essay, 10 species, location will remain undisclosed

23 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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This was an eighty-year-old ponderosa that the Forest Service took down to obliterate the Long Hollow Trail.

Trail+live trees obliterated by Forest Service, Trails 2000 and San Juan Citizens Alliance

12 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

An illegal trail and dozens of live trees along it were obliterated by employees of the U.S. Forest Service and Trails 2000, as well as volunteers from the San Juan Citizens Alliance, the San Juan Mountains Association and Garrett Coleman. Known as the Long Hollow Trail, Forest Service officials caught wind of the unauthorized trail after people complained about it being actively constructed by mountain bikers. Google Earth satellite imagery from April of 2006 confirms that the lower half of the trail existed at that point.…

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Animas River Days Parade 2017, video

5 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Pedal The Peaks riders take podium at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Adventure Pro BMX race

28 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Public officials gather at Bridge to Nowhere for orgy of self praise about Interchange projects

17 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

On the Smart 160 Trail at the Bridge to Nowhere, a gaggle of CDOT, County, and City officials gathered on Tuesday to honor the work that’s been done on the Grandview Interchange, and to ask for another $100 million dollars to complete it. CDOT’s Executive Director Shailen Bhatt opened the dialogue by focusing on the importance of completing what the Regional Transportation Director Mike McVaugh described to him as the “Crossroads of the Four Corners.” Bhatt trash talked the existing Farmington Hill intersection, while saying…

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Lieutenant Ray Shupe, Durango Police Department PIO, withholds public information

1 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Lieutenant Ray Shupe, the Durango Police Department’s “Public Information Officer” refused to comment about an arrest that was made outside Manna Soup Kitchen on April 25, 2017. Routinely, the Durango Police Department makes information regarding criminal activity in Durango difficult for independent journalists such as myself to obtain, despite their willingness to talk to reporters at the local establishment newspaper on the record. How the stonewalling works Shupe and other police officers withhold information from Horse Gulch Blog through the following systematic mechanisms: Police officers reached by…

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Scenes from a day of rerouting the Ella Vita Trailhead with Trails 2000

22 Apr 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Here’s a photo essay of the rerouting of Ella Vita Trailhead by Trails 2000 staff and volunteers. At least twenty volunteers were in attendance. Durango’s Assistant City Manager Kevin Hall as well as Durango’s Trail Crew Leader Sarah Humphrey were there. Read about why the trail was rerouted in Horse Gulch Blog’s, Ella Vita Court cul-de-sac to remain as trailhead following “Homeless Highway” crimes.

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Berkey fluoride filtration system could be used to treat water fluoridation toxins

5 Apr 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

With the news tonight that Clean Water Durango lost its ballot initiative to end Durango’s water fluoridation program, it’s important that you know what it takes to protect yourself and your family from dental/skeletal fluorosis on your own dime. You can purchase a Burkey Water Filter Special Set with two black filters and two fluoride filters that’ll hold 3.25 gallons for $313.50 off of their website: https://theberkey.com/ . The City of Durango fluoridates the municipal drinking water to prevent dental decay. Water fluoridation has been questioned by…

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Grant directive from State of Colorado to Health Department: ‘maximize optimal fluoride intake’

23 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

It’s no secret that before the City of Durango put the fluoride issue to voters, representatives from the San Juan Basin Health Department spoke publicly about their pro-water fluoridation philosophy. At least one official at a City Council public hearing on January 30, 2017 was on the payroll of a grant that directed her to promote water fluoridation. Kari Plante, the Regional Oral Health Specialist for San Juan Basin Health Department, spoke publicly at the January public hearing while on the payroll of a grant that directed her…

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Presentation tonight about horses that died from hydrofluorosilicic acid poisoning in Pagosa

22 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Cathy Justus is coming to the Durango Public Library tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about the horses and dogs in Pagosa Springs that allegedly died from ingesting drinking water that was previously fluoridated by town officials. John Rothchild DDS will also speak at the library tonight about the real causes of tooth decay.

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This is what the snow machine with the tow-behind groomer looks like.

Trails 2000’s winter snow grooming proposal for trails in Horse Gulch rejected by city board

16 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A proposal from Trails 2000 to groom the snow on trails in Horse Gulch 3 to 4 times a winter was officially quashed by the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board on Monday. Specifically, Trails 2000’s Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown asked for permission to groom Horse Gulch Road, Meadow Loop and Stacy’s Loop with a snowmobile during snowy winter months for fate bikers, hikers and skiers. Yet the possibility that a snowmobile dragging a groom roller would have impacts to wildlife was cited as reasons…

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Fluoride Vote It Out

Clean Water Durango community education events on sodium fluoride dosing

7 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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San Juan Mountains backcountry music video, GoPro

27 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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