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Durango Fire and Rescue to Parks and Rec Director: Repair Horse Gulch Road for trucks

15 Oct 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A captain and the chief of Durango Fire and Rescue have asked the City’s Parks and Recreation Director to repair the access to Horse Gulch Road to ensure a timely and efficient response by rescue personnel in the event of a fire or medical emergency. Chief Daniel Noonan and Captain Leo Lloyd of Durango Fire Protection District sent a letter to Durango’s Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Metz asking for the repairs, while outlining the historical recreational uses of the road. They said that a…

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Anonymous survey on upcoming election for county and state candidates, initiatives

6 Oct 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Scenes from 2nd opening day of Durango’s first recreational pot shop, Durango Organics

4 Oct 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Horse Gulch Trailhead cleanup costs after Sept. 21st monsoonal downpoor? $4,873 dollars

4 Oct 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Following a heavy monsoonal rain on Sept. 21, 2014, tons of flood debris and water trashed the brand new Horse Gulch Trailhead in Durango. Horse Gulch Blog LLC filed an open records request with the city to find out how much money they spent removing mud, rocks, sticks and water from the trailhead. Much of the debris needing removal had accumulated upstream of  four ovular culverts installed below some newly-paved parking spaces. Ten city employees using a backhoe, a skid steer, two mini excavators, three…

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From left to right, Kevin Hall, Mary Monroe Brown, and former County Manager Shawn Nau at a meeting on a proposed road connecting Ewing Mesa with Grandview, aka the Grandview Connection.

City Official: barrage of identical email responses on possible trail closures a distraction

30 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Emails submitted by readers of Horse Gulch Blog to the City of Durango about the possible closure of seven popular trail segments on city lands has elicited a written response of disapproval from the receiving official regarding the submission format. Assistant Community Development Director Kevin Hall is the city official receiving the emails from mostly local citizens in resistance to the possible closure of trail segments that two city boards will be considering at a joint board meeting on October 27. Hall wrote me yesterday…

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This culvert by Horse Gulch trail head functions as a dam for rain and flood debris

22 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

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This storm drain under a corner of the Horse Gulch trail head parking lot was completely overwhelmed by rocks, sticks and mud after a storm last Sunday morning.

Horse Gulch gets hammered by monsoonal flood rains

21 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

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Got gap jumps? Hawks Nest Freeride Trail does for the time being--unless the city goes ahead with recommendations from the Natural Surface Trails Committee recommendation to close (destroy) the trail.

Sign this petition resisting possible closure of several trail segments on City of Durango lands

12 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

Two Durango advisory boards will discuss and consider the closure of several popular trail segments at Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and other city-owned public lands at a meeting in October. Seven of these trail segments that were recommended for closure by the City of Durango’s Natural Surface Trails Committee were reported on in a previous post on this blog. It’s up to people like you who are willing to make  your voices heard in order to prevent many of these trail segments from…

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Artwork by Austin Hatala.

City boards to consider closing several trail segments in Overend Mountain Park, etc.

12 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Two Durango advisory boards will discuss and consider the closure of several popular trail segments at Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and other city-owned public lands at a meeting in October. Horse Gulch Blog is hosting a petition drive to defend the existence of some of these trails as a complement to this story aimed at raising awareness of where these trails are and who benefits from them. Many of the trails that were marked for closure by the Natural Surface Trails Committee (NST…

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Chapman Hill will soon be the home to a bike park designed by Alpine Bike Park.

Design contractor for Chapman Hill Bike Park trails to get $30K from City of Durango

11 Sep 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

This Fall, Durango residents may begin working on several trails for the new Chapman Hill Bike Park thanks to a $30,000-dollar allocation for their designs that was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Alpine Bike Parks, a full-service design/build contractor out of British Columbia, will be hired to complete a site analysis, a phased development plan for the park, and final design documentation for Phase 1 of the project, according to Assistant Community Development Director Kevin Hall. “Alpine Bike Parks was one…

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Drew Barber surfs a boat-made wave at Vallecito Reservoir going 11 miles an hour.

Wake surfing at Vallecito Reservoir in La Plata County

25 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Anonymous poll on whether the state should require the labeling of GMO foods

24 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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This November, GMO labeling initiative will be on the ballot for Colorado voters to decide

22 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Colorado voters will have the opportunity this November to decide if the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment should require the labeling of genetically modified foods. Known as Initiative 105, The Colorado Right to Know Act, proponents Larry Cooper and Cheryl Gray have been pushing the campaign through their organization called Right To Know Colorado. They keep their followers updated on the Facebook page for Right To Know Colorado. In order for activists to qualify the initiative for the ballot, the Colorado Secretary of…

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Zia Town Series mountain bike race, Horse Gulch, Raiders Ridge, Snakecharmer 8/20/14

21 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Top ten entrepreneurial enemies of prospective marijuana stores in Durango

15 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

1. Strater Hotel–Rod Barker, owner of the Strater Hotel, led a petition drive opposing Rocky Mountain High’s application for a change of location to the southern block of Main Avenue. The petition was submitted to the Local Licensing Authority on March 20, 2012. 2. Rio Grande Trading Company–Jon Schuetz, owner of Rio Grande Trading Company, spoke at the Local Licensing Authority meeting on March 20, 2012 against Rocky Mountain High’s application for a change of location to the southern block of Main Avenue. 3. Fuzzywig’s…

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This is a map of the conceptualized Divinity Downhill trail at Durango Mountain Resort. Upon completion, Divinity Downhill is said to have berms and optional jumps. Work is supposed to begin on the trail this summer. Photo courtesy of Jed Botsford, the Recreation Staff Officer on the Columbine Ranger District.

DMR’s map of conceptual downhill trail, U.S. Forest Service decision memo gives permission

4 Aug 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Click here to read the U.S Forest Service decision memo on Durango Mountain Resort’s conceptual downhill ‘flow’ trail.

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Trails 2000, Gravity Council reroute Ed and Flo Trail in Twin Buttes–now freeride friendly

30 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

With some help from The Gravity Council, The Devo Flyers and a bunch of volunteers, Trails 2000 scratched out some single track with freeride friendly features on the new reroute of the Ed and Flo Trail at Twin Buttes earlier this summer.

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Scenes from The Ride Festival: Rival Sons, then Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

30 Jul 2014 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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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…

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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…

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