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Durango City Council votes in favor of annexing Horse Gulch open space lands

19 Mar 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Preparing to inherit more land management control and future financial costs such as wildland firefighting, mitigation and law enforcement activities on Horse Gulch open space lands, the Durango City Council voted in favor of annexing those 1,150 acres that they own at their meeting on Tuesday. Before, the parcels that the City owns up in Horse Gulch were actually in the County’s jurisdiction, whereas, starting May 21, 2014, they will be in the City’s jurisdiction. This change in jurisdiction will give the City more control…

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Blogger asks City officials for permission to build freeride features, denied for a third time

12 Mar 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

This blogger asked City of Durango officials to revisit a previous request of Ben Bain and I to adopt existing trails on City open space lands and build optional freeride features there. Part of our request to the City was also to encourage directional travel on Star Wars Trail in Test Tracks, aka Overend Mountain Park. It was all turned down for a third time by Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz and the Natural Lands Board at their meeting on Monday night. Metz…

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This map shows how the City's proposed buffers of 1000 ft. around schools, parks, daycare facilities and counseling centers would totally preclude any new pot shops from opening up in Durango's Central Business District.

Downtown coffee shop owner taken aback by City’s desire to exclude pot shops from Main

12 Mar 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A man that owns a coffee shop on Main Avenue in Durango interrupted a City Council study session to say that he was taken aback by the their insinuation that most business owners in the Central Business District wanted to exclude any pot shops from opening near them. Tim Wheeler, owner of Durango Coffee Company, was sitting in the public seating area while City Councilor Christina Rinderle was justifying how the Council might exclude pot shops from the Central Business District in the upcoming regulations…

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Video: Where the trail ends, a ridge begins

1 Mar 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Here’s one of those rides that dries out pretty quick in Durango.

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Security fencing at Horse Gulch trail head restricts people to a slower speed, for safety reasons, as there is a lot of construction-related traffic on the road below.

Horse Gulch trail head is tight and narrow during construction, for safety, says Official

1 Mar 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Any local that’s been to Horse Gulch trail head lately can tell you that the chain link security fencing has made the access narrow and slow-going for the large amount of foot and bike traffic going in and out of there. With safety in mind, the fencing around the new cul-de-sac and offset from the hillside to the north keeps mountain bikers from going too fast out of the Gulch, while allowing ample room for heavy equipment and construction crews to work behind the recently…

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These shade structures were torn down by the City of Durango last fall at the request of La Plata Open Space Conservancy. Photo borrowed from Horse Gulch on Facebook.

City officials destroy shade structures, illegal bike jumps, and fire rings in Horse Gulch

19 Feb 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

At the request of the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, who holds the conservation easement for City property in Horse Gulch, officials with the City of Durango had several illegal bike jumps, shade structures and fire rings destroyed in Horse Gulch last fall, said Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz. Specifically,  the wooden jump was removed off of Chad’s secret trail as well as the ramp access to the concrete slab at the top of Raider Ridge, said Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy…

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Lost dog reunites with owner 1 month after running away in Horse Gulch

19 Feb 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  

M’Lissa Roulson is excited to be reunited with her one-year-old golden retriever named Charlie after she ran away from her and disappeared in Horse Gulch for a month. It was yesterday–about thirty days later–that Roulson finally got Charlie back while hiking with some of her other dogs in Horse Gulch. There had been sightings of Charlie in the vicinity of Horse Gulch trail head. Specifically, Charlie been seen at Sonic, where many dogs and cats at large go to dumpster dive. Roulson said that she…

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Star Wars Trail in Test Tracks was one trail where Ben Bain and I had requested permission to do maintenance and build freeride features. We also asked the City to encourage directional travel on the Trail.

Durango’s new Natural Surface Trail System Board Committee–who is on it, what they will do

4 Feb 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

This blogger: Where was the idea for this Committee conceived? City of Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz: Last year, there were 7 additional joint Parks and Recreation and Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board meetings to discuss Oxbow Park and Preserve. Since the natural surface trail system is a similar topic that is discussed by both Advisory Boards, a Board member suggested that we have a committee to work on this topic (outside of our regular Board meetings) and then bring this back to…

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Survey on upcoming regulations for new non-medical retail marijuana stores in Durango

3 Feb 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

Please take this 8-question survey on upcoming medical marijuana retail regulations for Durango’s Central Business District.    

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This map shows how the City's proposed buffers of 1000 ft. around schools, parks, daycare facilities and counseling centers would totally preclude any new pot shops from opening up in Durango's Central Business District.

City officials suggest excluding new non-medical pot shops from Main Avenue in Durango

2 Feb 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Recommendations from Durango City Councilors and staff at a study session could result in the drafting of new regulations that would exclude any new pot shops from opening in Durango’s Central Business District. This map shows how the City’s proposed buffers of 1000 ft. around schools, parks, daycare facilities and counseling centers would totally preclude any new pot shops from opening up in Durango’s Central Business District. Map courtesy of the City of Durango. Proposed pot shop regulations that the new City Attorney will write…

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

Survey on requirements for people floating the Animas from Oxbow Park to 33rd Street

25 Jan 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Readers are encouraged to take these two polls on the requirements that two City of Durango Boards have come up with for people floating from the newly acquired Oxbow Park, which is expected to open to the public in the months or years to come. For more information, please read Horse Gulch Blog’s story about the City’s Oxbow Park and Preserve Management Plan, which requires floaters from the Park to have a personal flotation device, flippers, a paddle, or hand paddles.

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New trail organization looking for board members: Durango Mountain Bike Association

22 Jan 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A new trail organization is coming together in Durango with the narrow focus of building trails and features specifically for mountain bikers, says the group’s founder. Called the Durango Mountain Bike Association, the oranization’s President, Kurt Smith, says he is in the preliminary stages of designing the mission statement, setting up the board of directors and working on the website www.durangomba.org. As a resident of Durango, Smith is actively recruiting mountain bike advocates to be on the board of directors for DMBA, this new 501c(3) non- profit organization.…

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Shawntell Stiner, my neighbor in Durango, Colorado, is accused of lying to police and Progressive insurance company about running into a neighbor's parked car.

Shawntell Stiner, insurance fraud, and how Progressive screwed a claimant in Durango

5 Jan 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Running into your neighbor’s parked car with your truck and then denying it to the car’s owner, the police and your insurance company will bring you bad karma, and with this blogger being a witness, will bring you an expose on Horse Gulch Blog. Car insurance is something that people with vehicles pay into, as a requirement by Colorado law, so that if they negligently cause an accident their insurance company will pay for damages to the other vehicle or other person’s medical bills through…

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These hand paddles sell for $8.95 before taxes, shipping and handling somewhere on the web.

Boards vote to require Animas River floaters to have a paddle or flippers at Oxbow Park

1 Jan 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

At a joint meeting between Durango’s Parks and Recreation Board and the Natural Lands Board, the Oxbow Park and Preserve Management Plan was amended to require that anyone floating the river from Oxbow must have a paddle or swim flippers. Also approved by the City Boards was a revision to close the Park and Preserve until June 30, 2014, plus the establishment of Park hours from 5 a.m. to midnight, as consistent with those in existence for other City parks. All revisions will be passed…

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This excavator was used by Trails 2000 to relocate Stacy's Loop in 2011.

Your donation to Trails 2000: Where it goes, and how their spending data compares

29 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Trails 2000 is a non-profit organization in Durango that many locals associate with sustainable trail design, construction and maintenance practices. Others might disagree, and pitch some examples. Given Trails 2000′s local popularity and the likelihood that people will continue giving them money for the cause, it is reasonable for donors to expect that some of their money will be spent on trail-related expenses. More specifically, what is Trails 2000 doing with its revenues from fundraising? Looking at their most recent IRS Form 990 financial returns…

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Logchutes is an area that's being considered for the creation of a sanctioned downhill mountain bike zone.

Public comments on the Log Chutes Downhill Mountain Bike Zone Environmental Assessment

9 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Documents obtained by Horse Gulch Blog last week from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on the Forest Service’s Logchutes Downhill Mountain Bike Zone Environmental Assessment (EA) revealed strong public support for the project, despite a smaller group of commentators that were opposed to it. Trail management policy in Durango is among the more contentious topics in the realm of public opinion when it comes to advising land management agencies how to write policies. Public opinions on the proposed Logchutes Downhill Mountain Bike Zone is a…

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Durango Taxi LLC does a real stand up job at showing up 15 minutes late to give me a ride to work in the morning.

Durango Taxi LLC shows up 15 minutes late for blogger needing a ride to work on time

9 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Next time you are looking for a taxi ride to get you to work on time in the morning, remember this one story about a scheduled pick-up gone wrong. This blogger called Durango Transportation, Inc., operating as Durango Taxi LLC, last night to schedule a taxi ride for 7:30 a.m this morning. Was I willing to wait more than ten minutes after 7:30 a.m. to see if they would show up to pick me up any later? Hell no. At about 7:45 I got a…

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City of Durango open space acquisition, Jack Dalla’s parcels–see the map of them here

5 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Raiders Ridge is about to have 85 more acres of public land attached to it thanks to an open space acquisition that was recommended by Durango’s Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board, approved by the City Council, and then handed over to City Manager Ron LeBlanc to close on this December 10th. Overlapping Raiders Ridge in Horse Gulch are two parcels that the City of Durango is scheduled to purchase from Jake Dalla for $510,000 dollars, according to Kevin Hall, Durango’s Assistant Community Development Director. In…

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Poll on whether inner-tubers should be allowed to float from Oxbow Park and Preserve

1 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Class warfare at Oxbow Park and Preserve targets tubers, with legal challenges afloat

1 Dec 2013 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Class warfare in the form of a ban on inner-tubers wanting to float a stretch of the Animas River is currently in full turbulence among two City Boards that are debating whether to keep the written prohibition in a draft of the Oxbow Park and Preserve Management Plan. If and when the ban is finalized by the Boards, a political challenge to the rule could come in the form of a written City ordinance or even an appeal to an authoritative federal court after losing an…

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