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Hacked: Phone line to Bank of Colorado’s Visa credit card activation, outsourced to Xerox

6 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A scam artist posing as a customer service representative for a credit card company managed to hack the customer service hotline (855-279-1051) for activating my most recent Bank of Colorado credit card. Thinking that they were real employees working to activate my card on behalf of the bank or the credit card company, I gave the fraudsters my credit card number and shortly thereafter someone attempted a fraudulent purchase with it. I had never before provided the credit card number to anyone else. Luckily, an…

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Splitboarding in the San Juan Mountains with a friend on 1/31/2016, GoPro video

4 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Splitboarding on an AFC Sunday

Splitboarding on an AFC Sunday in the San Juan Mountains, GoPro movie

27 Jan 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Touring in the backcountry is a much better way to spend a Sunday than watching the AFC Chamionship on TV.

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This is a segment of the Falcon Trail that was marked for closure by Durango's Assistant Community Development Director Kevin Hall due to his  classification of it as a trespass.

City officials say they will give property owner some alternatives to Falcon Trail closures

17 Jan 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A private property owner that was disappointed with the City of Durango for ignoring her when plans were made to close trails on her land will instead be given some alternatives, two City officials said at a Natural Lands Board meeting. This blogger filed an open records request to get the skinny on what Anne Klein, the property owner, had to say to the City about its recommended closures, since she has refused to go on the record to answer any of my questions about…

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Sport Clips, Inc is now my favorite place for a haircut in Durango.

Review: Sports Clips, Inc. haircuts for men, at Town Center by Wal Mart

23 Dec 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Sports Clips, Inc. is a new chain business in Durango that provides haircuts specifically for men. My first haircut there was good enough to where I’d recommend that other men go there, as well. They’re not exactly a barber shop, but the lady who cut my hair had gone to school for cosmetology, which was just as helpful. At their new store I wasn’t wanting a shave from a straight razor, anyhow, just a tapered hair cut. What I got was their New Client Adult…

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Photo essay: Grow operations at marijuana horticulture facility of Durango Organics

19 Dec 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

 

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This is a segment of the Falcon Trail that was marked for closure by Durango's Assistant Community Development Director Kevin Hall due to his  classification of it as a trespass.

Trail on private property classified as a trespass by City official has an uncertain future

7 Dec 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  

Last May, two boards with the City of Durango approved a controversial Natural Surface Trails Report that penned the intention to begin closing trails on city lands that were deemed as erosive illegal social trails. One of those closures includes pieces of the Falcon Trail coming off of Brown’s Ridge and Hog’s Back in Overend Mountain Park. The segments of Falcon Trail slated for closure by the City is, surprisingly, on private land owned by Anne C Klein Living Trust. At the joint meeting between…

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Michael Todt, of the East Third Avenue Boulevard Association, told Councilor Brant  that Acme has not been problematic for the neighborhood, but if they converted to a recreational retailer would negatively impact parking access on the street and create dangerous exposure to kids who would see the shop. Todt said he has never seen people smoking pot outside of the center. Photo courtesy of City Span 10.

Blogger defends free speech rights of City Councilors and their families with letter to Durango’s Board of “Ethics”

10 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Hello Mary Beth Miles, Please forward the following response to the “Ethics” Advisory Board regarding their recent advice to City Councilors who want to publicly endorse an LPEA candidate, or have a family member that’s wanting to serve on a municipal board. I get the impression that the Board is advising City Councilors to avoid endorsing any LPEA candidates because of a perceived conflict of interest caused by a Franchise Agreement that the City has with LPEA. From my perspective, when City Councilors get elected…

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This conceptual design for a bike park at Cundiff Park was created for the City of Durango by Alpine Bike Parks, a full-service design/build contractor.

City official: four reasons for excluding a new bike park at Cundiff Park from the 2016 budget

2 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Four reasons that Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz gave for excluding a new bike park at Cundiff Park from the 2016 proposed capital improvements budget at the October 2015 Natural Lands Board meeting: Access to the land is held through a revocable easement by Carol Wiley. “It really shouldn’t be revocable if we’re going to invest $2.5 million dollars on a park development project. So we probably need to make that a permanent easement,” said Metz. The City is planning to scope the…

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GoPro movie: Raider Ridge to Medicine Trail to Snake Charmer rock quarry

2 Nov 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 5 Comments  

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Kids zone at Chapman Hill Flow Trail, built by Alpine Bike Parks, now has a spring running through it. Forestry carnage left behind.

27 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Riding Hog’s Back Mountain on a mountain bike with 26″ wheels, GoPro video

26 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

It’s a lot easier riding Hog’s Back Mountain after a rain, when the trail is tacky.

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Eventually you come to some killer freeride obstacles.

Haflin Creek Trail GoPro video

22 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Update: Top three mountain bike shops in Durango in 2015–Horse Gulch Blog

17 Oct 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

In the small city of Durango–where cyclists have eight full-service mountain bike shops to choose from–only three get the high subjective recommendation of Horse Gulch Blog for their sales of quality mountain bikes, clothing, accessories, repairs, and customer service that you and your buddies appreciate. For a town with a growing base of mountain bikers, our readers should know which shops you can trust for products and service, as well as which one is bashing your choice to shuttle your bikes and friends with a…

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3 acres that So Ute Growth Fund wants

3 acres that Southern Ute Growth Fund wants in exchange for undetermined land in 3 springs

21 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Durango’s Natural Lands Board approved in concept a request of the Southern Ute Tribe’s Real Estate Growth Fund to trade 3 acres of open space lands owned by the City in exchange for 3 undetermined acres of contiguous open space lands owned by the Growth Fund. If the City Council agrees with the request, officials with the Growth Fund are hoping that the 3 acres off of Wilson Gulch Drive in Three Springs can be used as a new site for some affordable housing units.…

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Purgatory's Trail Manager Josh Hamill cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of the Divinity Downhill Flow Trail.

Grand opening of Divinity Downhill Flow Trail draws hundreds of mountain bikers. Video!

14 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Purgatory Resort lured a large crowd of mountain bikers into riding its new Divinity Downhill Flow Trail for its grand opening day, where a Forest Service official at a ribbon-cutting ceremony said that it might be the beginning of freeride trail projects that get approved for the mountain. Riders got themselves to the top on the uplift, some rode up a trail or the road, and many others shuttled with a vehicle up the Forest Service Road that runs through the resort once they found…

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New Divinity Downhill Flow Trail at Purgatory Resort to have grand opening on Sept. 13th

6 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Staggering social pressure brought by freeride mountain bike advocates, shortened ski seasons caused by global warming and the need to reign in the leaking tourist dollars spent by riders at bike parks elsewhere have pushed Purgatory Ski Resort in a new, progressive direction. On Sept. 13th, the new Divinity Downhill Flow Trail will be opening at Purg, complete with fat berms, table top jumps, a bridge, a wall ride, and lift access. Grady James and Josh Hamill did most of the work on this trail,…

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Map of the proposed extension of Ewing Mesa Road that would connect Ewing Mesa with High Lama Lane by Three Springs as conceptualized by County officials in 2010.

City Planning Dept’s new conceptual plans for 3 Springs have Ewing Mesa Rd connection

4 Sep 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

New conceptual plans drafted by the City of Durango’s Planning Department show how mixed-use development may occur on parcels adjacent to Three Springs  with space for a big box store and a connection for the Ewing Mesa Road, to name a few. A City of Durango Planning Manager gave a public presentation Thursday night on two conceptual development plans that the City is gathering input on as a step towards determining how commercial growth will occur on land that’s adjacent or connected to Three Springs.…

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Scenes from a Trails 2000 trail work afternoon on the new Sugar Trail in Horse Gulch

22 Aug 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Sugar Trail is a new multi-use, two-way cross country trail in Horse Gulch coming off of the top of Raider Ridge about 800 feet southwest from the top of Skyline Trail that Trails 2000 just finished building. When I say that the trail is finished, keep in mind that this trail is still soft and needs to be packed down by a cycle of rain and people using it. Sugar Trail is an intermediate trail with lots of switchbacks and berms at every corner. It…

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BMX Race Series at Cunfiff Park on Friday August 14th and Friday August 21st

13 Aug 2015 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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