Horse Gulch Blog

Watchdogging for the greater Durango area

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

27 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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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…

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

16 Apr 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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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…

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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  

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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…

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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 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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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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