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Top ten entrepreneurial enemies of prospective marijuana stores in Durango

15 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

1. Strater Hotel–Rod Barker, owner of the Strater Hotel, led a petition drive opposing Rocky Mountain High’s application for a change of location to the southern block of Main Avenue. The petition was submitted to the Local Licensing Authority on March 20, 2012. 2. Rio Grande Trading Company–Jon Schuetz, owner of Rio Grande Trading Company, spoke at the Local Licensing Authority meeting on March 20, 2012 against Rocky Mountain High’s application for a change of location to the southern block of Main Avenue. 3. Fuzzywig’s…

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This is a map of the conceptualized Divinity Downhill trail at Durango Mountain Resort. Upon completion, Divinity Downhill is said to have berms and optional jumps. Work is supposed to begin on the trail this summer. Photo courtesy of Jed Botsford, the Recreation Staff Officer on the Columbine Ranger District.

DMR’s map of conceptual downhill trail, U.S. Forest Service decision memo gives permission

4 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Click here to read the U.S Forest Service decision memo on Durango Mountain Resort’s conceptual downhill ‘flow’ trail.

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Trails 2000, Gravity Council reroute Ed and Flo Trail in Twin Buttes–now freeride friendly

30 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

With some help from The Gravity Council, The Devo Flyers and a bunch of volunteers, Trails 2000 scratched out some single track with freeride friendly features on the new reroute of the Ed and Flo Trail at Twin Buttes earlier this summer.

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Scenes from The Ride Festival: Rival Sons, then Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

30 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Third Avenue Boulevard Association bullies dispensary from opening as recreational retailer

25 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

You may have heard about schoolyard bullies, or online bullies, but have you ever heard of an organized association of bullies made up of homeowners? Meet the Third Avenue Boulevard Association, also known as the ‘Bully-vard’ Association from East Third Avenue in Durango. Since the mid-1980’s they’ve bullied away four prospective bed-and-breakfasts, a public library, a recreational marijuana dispensary, and tried to prevent the conversion of the Smiley Building from a former school to the offices of community organizations, businesses and non-profits that wanted to…

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Trail review: Engine Creek Trail on the San Juan National Forest, #657

7 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Often confused with the Engineer Mountain Trail, the Engine Creek Trail is a more technical trail on the west side of Engineer Mountain that runs through the trees near the bottom of the Engine Creek drainage. As an intermediate to advanced-level mountain-bike trail, all of the root gardens and short six-inch to one-foot drops off of water bars make this trail more desirable for some people as a descent from the Engineer Mountain Trail at the top. Plus, if you’re coming from Molas Pass you…

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Backlight control photography, Fourth of July fireworks show in Durango, CO

4 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Scenes from the Big Mountain Enduro mountain bike race in Horse Gulch, Durango

29 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Indulge on these images of riders at the Big Mountain Enduro mountain bike race on Snake Charmer Trail in Horse Gulch by Durango, Colorado.

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The plush and challenging at Evolution Bike Park, Crested Butte–Psycho Rocks, Awakening

24 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  

 

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Photo essay: anonymous freeriders on anonymous gap jump on anonymous freeride trail

15 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

 

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Photo essay: Animas River Days parade at the Santa Rita Whitewater Park

9 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Freeride trails at Colorado Timberline Academy–freedom with responsibility

8 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Join the bash to save the stache–a fundraiser benefitting Ethan Deffenbaugh

7 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Properties owned by Jim Jackson are outlined in red. The train depot and the streets are not owned by Jim Jackson. Jackson won't rent to marijuana retailers, according to Johnny Radding, partnership owner of Durango Organics.

Ironic–Durango City Council’s new draft ordinance on recreational marijuana retailers

1 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A new draft ordinance on the licensing and regulation of recreational marijuana retailers in Durango contains an ironic acceptance of shops on the most southern block of Main Avenue, despite the City’s Local Licensing Authority having denied an applicant’s license there two years ago for political reasons. City Manager Ron Leblanc and the Liquor Licensing Authority approved a license for Discount Liquors on Florida Rd, right next to Family Center daycare facility, on July 19, 2011. This, despite strong objections from numerous parents living at…

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Park Tool Glueless Patch Kit GP-2 won’t hold air in tube from pin-prick hole

25 May 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  

These sticky patches would not hold air in a tube from a pin-prick-sized hole on a small bicycle tube, even after lightly roughing the spot with some sand paper and holding the patch in place for a minute. Park Tools calls them ‘pre-glued’ because of the adhesive coating that is already on the patch, before you peel the back off and stick it on your tube. This blogger removed the first defective patch, tried another Park Tool Glueless Patch, but even after holding it in…

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Jason Hotchkiss on Hogsback. Photo courtesy of John Castiola.

Riding Hogsback in Durango, Colorado

12 May 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 4 Comments  

These pictures make me want to go try and clean Hogsback on my freeride mountain bike. It’s a difficult descent, that’s for sure.  

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‘Freeride Defender’ tshirts for sale. Defend freeride features, shuttling and the word

11 May 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 6 Comments  

Freeride mountain bike culture in Durango is under attack and needs defenders–especially on the City of Durango’s open space lands. Right now, if anyone wants to build an approved freeride mountain bike feature on city lands–be it a jump, a drop, a berm or a log ride–you have to get permission from city officials. Only problem is that they won’t give permission for these types of activities, much less provide a public process for approving them. Unless, that is, you work through Trails 2000 or…

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This screenshot was taken from Velorution Cycles' website on May 9, 2014.

If you hate shuttle riding at Log Chutes, or anywhere, Velorution Cycles has a tshirt for you!

9 May 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

http://www.velorutioncycles.com/

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This rock berm was constructed out of sandstone slabs and dirt. Can't wait to ride it!

A productive day of trailwork on Durango’s only legal progressive freeride trail–Snakecharmer

7 May 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Tuesday was a productive day of trail work on Snakecharmer, aka The Scratch, for Trails 2000′s on Durango’s only sanctioned progressive freeride trail on city-owned open space lands in Horse Gulch. Beefy rock berms were installed with lots of sandstone slabs. Lips for jumps were improved, and the landings of gaps jumps were constructed as to minimize the risk of riders badly casing if they came up short while hucking. Some sections had slabs of sandstone added or were debermed as to acomodate the drainage…

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A beach that the City of Durango now owns at Oxbow Park and Preserve sits empty.

What inner tube prohibitionists don’t want you to know about the City’s Oxbow Park rules

29 Apr 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

“If they get on the river and they’re in that section of river without a paddle, they’re not going to get a ticket, because it’s not codified. So it’s not in the City’s code that you shall have a PFD on or you shall have a paddle in this section.” — Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz Those are the words that local inner tube prohibitionists do not want you to know about the City of Durango’s newly designated Nature Paddling Trail extending from…

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