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Animas Mosquito Control District now focusing more on larvicides versus spraying to abate

23 Jul 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Beekeepers and their honey bees in La Plata County have one more reason to sleep well at night: they won’t be a casualty of spraying that’s done for mosquito abatement on the Animas Mosquito Control District. That’s because bees will have one less airborne neurotoxin to die from, as the Animas Mosquito Control District (AMCD) has progressed towards a more wholistic approach to mosquito control that leverages with more organic larvicides, instead of spraying the adulticide of Permethrin-laced mineral oil during the day. AMCD Manager…


Chapman Hill, Logan and Phil

Natural Lands Board approves payment to Trails 2000 for work done on Chapman Hill Flow Trail

17 Jul 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

The City of Durango’s Natural Lands Board approved a payment to Trails 2000 at it’s meeting on Monday for work that it did on the jump line at the bottom of the Champan Hill Flow Trail with the help of an excavator and a water truck in April. This blogger, along with the rest of the Natural Lands Board voted to approve the payment to Trails 2000, despite the payment, nor the work being authorized prior to the work that the organization did in April.…



Marijuana sales tax collections now exceeding those of liquor stores for City of Durango coffers

14 Jul 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Marking a first for the City of Durango since Colorado legalized marijuana in 2012, the City is seeing its sales tax collections from medical and retail marijuana collectively and consistently exceeding the collections of liquor stores every month since April of this year. Sales tax collections from the month of June for recreational retail marijuana alone was $53,358 dollars, only $2,588 dollars less than sales tax collections from liquor stores for the same month. Retail and medical marijuana sales tax collections combined, however, were $64,966…


Little Hurricane of San Diego, California plays on the new stage at Telluride Town Park at the Ride Festival.

What the new stage at Telluride’s Town Park looks like

12 Jul 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


Neil Hannum, The Chip Peddler, was hit by a car last Sunday by Trimble. He's in critical condition.

Star Wars Enduro race Wednesday, June 29th in support of the injured Chip Peddler

28 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Copied from the Durango Freeride Facebook Page: STAR WARS ENDURO JUNE 29th!!! SUPPORTING THE CHIP PEDDLER! Volunteers and times- Course set up: (4:30-6) 2-3 people Registration: (5:45-6:30) 2 people Starter: (6:15-end) 2 people Finishers: (6:15-end) 3 people Course Marshals: (6:15-end) 2 people Race Info Star Wars Enduro race entries on Wednesday June 29th go to benefit Neil Hannum, the one and only Chip Peddler! Come Join us in supporting longtime Durango Resident and supporter of Durango DEVO, and the SKA ZIA team Neil Hannum, the…


Kitty Charmer Trail, was a freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge that was known for its challenging yet enjoyable gap jumps.

LPOSC Conservation Easement Amendment Policy inked shortly before vote on closing trails

27 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

La Plata Open Space Conservancy drafted a new Conservation Easement Amendment Policy two months before a controversial vote by two City boards last May where several popular social trails were approved for closure. Neither the the City, nor the Open Space Conservancy shared this document with the public before the Natural Lands Board and the Parks and Recreation Boards voted to close social trails on City property that were held under conservation easements. Horse Gulch Blog obtained this Amendment Policy from the City of Durango…



Rare images of the Lower Dolores River through Ponderosa Gorge at around 1200cfs, GoPro

25 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  




Images from Sunday: riding Stagecoach Trail, downed trees across the trail, and speed bumps

22 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Stagecoach Trail is a sweet trail to shuttle by itself, or as the latter half of a shuttle ride from the top of Black Hawk Pass. It has steeps, wide trail in many places, and some fun natural features on the sides to jump or huck off of. It is in desperate need of some maintenance like the removal of around five larges aspens to cut with a chainsaw, and several sections that are overgrown with aspen saplings that will eventually make the trail unrideable…



Scenes from the Animas River Days parade, Santa Rita Whitewater Park, 2016, in photos and video

6 Jun 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


Kitty Charmer Trail, was a freeride trail coming off of Raider Ridge that was known for its challenging yet enjoyable gap jumps.

City staff paid $1,480 dollars to close two popular social freeride mountain bike trails on city lands

26 May 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. 7 Comments  

Last summer and again last April, the City of Durango sent out crews of city staff to its open space lands to close two popular freeride social trails–Kitty Charmer Trail in Horse Gulch and the Phoenix Trail in the Dalla Mountain Park. This blogger put in a records request to the City of Durango for some information on the expenditures made for these work days. After paying the City Clerks office a hefty chunk of change for this information, a report on what the City…



Ten reasons why bikes should be allowed, not banned, in the City’s new Oxbow Preserve

11 May 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Bikes would provide a gentle way of traveling on the Oxbow Preserve trail where rider’s speeds would be scrubbed by the soft seasonally-inundated soil. You can hold values as a conservationist while supporting bike travel in the Preserve. Share the trails is a philosophy that avoids creating unnecessary conflicts between trail users. Birds and other wildlife have prime habitat all throughout the Preserve where they can forage in peace away from hikers and bikers. The City of Durango rejected the proposal of making the new…


Defanning snapshot

Time lapse of big-leaf picking in the Durango Organics greenhouse

27 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments, @DO_CortezCO,, #DurangoOrganics, @DurangoOrganics



My latest trail proposal ignored by Trails 2000, then rejected by City of Durango official

19 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Last week I put in a request to fix and enhance a dangerous jump line at the bottom of Sugar Trail in Horse Gulch due to the awkward proximity of the jumps to each other. The jump line as it is, and as I proposed, is completely optional for people on the Sugar Trail. My request from last Wednesday was then ignored by Mary Monroe Brown of Trails 2000, and today rejected by Durango’s Director of Parks and Recreation Cathy Metz. “Thanks Adam for the…



A room full of steel clothes lines where Durango Organics hang dries marijuana buds

16 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  




Backcountry splitboarding adventure with Alex and Hugo, GoPro, March 13, 2016

27 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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Bureau of Land Management aggressively enforcing trail closure on Animas Mountain

25 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

The Bureau of Land Management is aggressively enforcing the trail closure on Animas Mountain that’s intended to protect big game. Last weekend, a law enforcement officer equipped with a radio, pepper spray, gun, etc. was waiting a couple hundred feet behind the gate and ready to hand out tickets for $275. A second offense is $500. The trail is clearly gated closed with signage attached to it. Please tell your friends not to duck the gate during this wonderful sunny weather that we’re having. Animas…


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Bike ban on city land? Revision to Oxbow Plan proposes first hiker-specific trail

17 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Bikes would be banned from the City’s new Oxbow Preserve under a proposed revision to the Oxbow Park and Preserve Management Plan that was recently offered by two members of the Natural Lands Board. Board members Steve Whiteman and Paul Wilbert floated the proposal as a compromise between conflicting management options that the board and members of the public have had difficulty in agreeing upon. The benefits of providing either year-round access, a seasonal closure or a year-round closure of the preserve have been debated…



Alien Run Trail is dry, rideable, and The Black Hole may suck you in for a while

6 Mar 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



My 1st day of practicing tricks into a foam pit at the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain

28 Feb 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Anyone who is interested in learning aerial tricks on their mountain bike, bmx bike, slopestyle bike, skateboard, Burton ParkBoard, or roller skis would benefit immensely from the more forgiving aspects of the foam pit that people can land in after hitting one of the jumps at the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain. Three hours with a bike or skateboard costs $10 dollars. If you need a partner to join you and help share some travel or lodging costs, please contact me through the menu bar…


Visa credit card, Bank of Colorado

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 obtained my Bank of Colorado credit card number using a deceptive pretext while I was trying to activate it over the phone. The phone number that I thought I had dialed was the 855-279-1051 number provided on the sticker that was initially on the card. Thinking that the people I reached 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…


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