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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…



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…



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

4 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



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.



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

24 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  




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

15 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  




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

9 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



Freeride trails at Colorado Timberline Academy–freedom with responsibility

8 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



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

7 Jun 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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 (previously known as Liquor 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…


Super Patch

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…


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.  



‘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…


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


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…


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…



Mariana’s Authentic Cuisine has new location on College Ave. in Durango

26 Apr 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Marianah Hidayat, who’s been running her mobile kitchen trailer in Durango since 2012, has relocated to the parking lot at Kangaroo Express on College Drive. The official address is 610 E. 8th Avenue. With fresh ingredients, and hefty portions with no MSG, it makes Marianah’s authentic Asian food worth taking the trip where a covered seating area is available. This blogger tried the Ayam Goreng (Indonesian pan-fried chicken), which was some of the best chicken that I’ve ever tasted. It had lettuce and cucumber with…


Please vote for the Chapman Bike Park.

Please vote for the Chapman Hill Bike Park Project on the Bell Helmets website

24 Apr 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Please vote for the Chapman Hill Bike Park Project on the Bell Helmets website. Vote by May 4th. If you want the website URL, here it is: A map of one proposal for Chapman Hill Bike Park is HERE.


Non medical marijuana retailers such as The Green Room in Telluride have found ways to obtain a bank account to deposit their customer's debit card payments into as a way to limit their liability.

How marijuana retailers obtain bank accounts, accept checks, credit, debit and ATM cards

24 Apr 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

Most banks have barred marijuana retailers in Colorado from opening up business accounts with them, giving the perception that a serious public safety issue exists where pot shops have wads of cash on hand that might make them and their neighbors vulnerable to armed robberies. A Horse Gulch Blog investigation, however, revealed that many pot shops in Durango have still found ways to use the banks and debit card processing terminals in such a way as to limit their desirability as the targets of thieves.…


Horse Gulch annexation map, detailed-page-001

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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