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Public officials gather at Bridge to Nowhere for orgy of self praise about Interchange projects

17 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

On the Smart 160 Trail at the Bridge to Nowhere, a gaggle of CDOT, County, and City officials gathered on Tuesday to honor the work that’s been done on the Grandview Interchange, and to ask for another $100 million dollars to complete it. CDOT’s Executive Director Shailen Bhatt opened the dialogue by focusing on the importance of completing what the Regional Transportation Director Mike McVaugh described to him as the “Crossroads of the Four Corners.” Bhatt trash talked the existing Farmington Hill intersection, while saying…

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Lieutenant Ray Shupe, Durango Police Department PIO, withholds public information

1 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Lieutenant Ray Shupe, the Durango Police Department’s “Public Information Officer” refused to comment about an arrest that was made outside Manna Soup Kitchen on April 25, 2017. Routinely, the Durango Police Department makes information regarding criminal activity in Durango difficult for independent journalists such as myself to obtain, despite their willingness to talk to reporters at the local establishment newspaper on the record. How the stonewalling works Shupe and other police officers withhold information from Horse Gulch Blog through the following systematic mechanisms: Police officers reached by…

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Scenes from a day of rerouting the Ella Vita Trailhead with Trails 2000

22 Apr 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Here’s a photo essay of the rerouting of Ella Vita Trailhead by Trails 2000 staff and volunteers. At least twenty volunteers were in attendance. Durango’s Assistant City Manager Kevin Hall as well as Durango’s Trail Crew Leader Sarah Humphrey were there. Read about why the trail was rerouted in Horse Gulch Blog’s, Ella Vita Court cul-de-sac to remain as trailhead following “Homeless Highway” crimes.

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Berkey fluoride filtration system could be used to treat water fluoridation toxins

5 Apr 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

With the news tonight that Clean Water Durango lost its ballot initiative to end Durango’s water fluoridation program, it’s important that you know what it takes to protect yourself and your family from dental/skeletal fluorosis on your own dime. You can purchase a Burkey Water Filter Special Set with two black filters and two fluoride filters that’ll hold 3.25 gallons for $313.50 off of their website: https://theberkey.com/ . The City of Durango fluoridates the municipal drinking water to prevent dental decay. Water fluoridation has been questioned by…

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Grant directive from State of Colorado to Health Department: ‘maximize optimal fluoride intake’

23 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

It’s no secret that before the City of Durango put the fluoride issue to voters, representatives from the San Juan Basin Health Department spoke publicly about their pro-water fluoridation philosophy. At least one official at a City Council public hearing on January 30, 2017 was on the payroll of a grant that directed her to promote water fluoridation. Kari Plante, the Regional Oral Health Specialist for San Juan Basin Health Department, spoke publicly at the January public hearing while on the payroll of a grant that directed her…

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Presentation tonight about horses that died from hydrofluorosilicic acid poisoning in Pagosa

22 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Cathy Justus is coming to the Durango Public Library tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to talk about the horses and dogs in Pagosa Springs that allegedly died from ingesting drinking water that was previously fluoridated by town officials. John Rothchild DDS will also speak at the library tonight about the real causes of tooth decay.

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This is what the snow machine with the tow-behind groomer looks like.

Trails 2000’s winter snow grooming proposal for trails in Horse Gulch rejected by city board

16 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A proposal from Trails 2000 to groom the snow on trails in Horse Gulch 3 to 4 times a winter was officially quashed by the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board on Monday. Specifically, Trails 2000’s Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown asked for permission to groom Horse Gulch Road, Meadow Loop and Stacy’s Loop with a snowmobile during snowy winter months for fate bikers, hikers and skiers. Yet the possibility that a snowmobile dragging a groom roller would have impacts to wildlife was cited as reasons…

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Clean Water Durango community education events on sodium fluoride dosing

7 Mar 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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San Juan Mountains backcountry music video, GoPro

27 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Photo essay: scenes from a tour of the City of Durango Water Treatment Plant

26 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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This culvert was installed in Big Canyon last fall to help keep the trail from washing out. Water was flowing through it with not silt, sediment or debris obstructing it in February, 2017.

New culvert that Trails 2000 installed in Big Canyon is working well

23 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Where to get a personal stash of sodium fluoride and read about where Durango’s Solvay is made

22 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

If sodium fluoride gets voted out of the City of Durango drinking water this April, the supporters of fluoridation might want a place to get their own for personal use. A bottle of Loudwolf-brand fine powdered sodium fluoride that people can mix in their water is available for purchase on Amazon for around $15 dollars. Today when I checked, a prescription was not required for it. That’s a lot cheaper than a $110 to $2,000-dollar reverse osmosis filter that’ll be needed by a drinker of city water who…

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This is what the snow machine with the tow-behind groomer looks like.

Trails 2000 asks City officials for permission to groom Horse Gulch Road, Meadow and Stacy’s

21 Feb 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

At the City’s Feb. 13th Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board meeting, Trails 2000’s Executive Director Mary Monroe Brown asked for permission to use a snow machine with a tow-behind groomer wheel in Horse Gulch. Trails 2000 asked City officials for permission to groom Horse Gulch Road, Meadow Loop and Stacy’s Loop when snow levels are adequate. A compacted area of trails would provide more enticing opportunities for bikers, hikers, dog walkers and metal-edged skiers, who would otherwise have to break trail on their own, said Monroe…

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This is the back of a bag of Sodium Fluoride at the City of Durango Water Treatment Plant.

Blogger seeks photos of Tati-You County Fine Chemical Factory in Zhuzhou City, China

30 Jan 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

On the back of the Solvay sodium fluoride bags that the City of Durango has sitting on a pallet at its Water Treatment Plant, it says “Made in China” under the name Shanghai Mintchem Development Co., Ltd. This blogger is asking for help in finding photography or information about the You County Fine Chemical Plant or the Tati Fluoride Salts Plant in the Zhuzhou City/Hunan, China. Here’s a related document with a laboratory analysis done by Underwriters Laboratories that was requested by Shanghai Mintchem Development Co.,…

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These bags of Solvay brand sodium fluoride sit on a pallet inside Durango's water treatment plant.

City’s $34,500 dollar per year sodium fluoride program to be subject of public hearing Monday

29 Jan 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

The City of Durango is having a public hearing about its policy of dosing the municipal drinking water with sodium fluoride on Monday, January 30th at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council chambers. Jim Forleo, an opponent of Durango’s fluoridation program, obtained information from the City of Durango through an open records request that details the expenses that the City incurs each year with the sodium fluoridation program. According to Forleo: “The cost of fluoridation: Sodium Fluoride- $16,000 Laboratory analysis $ 7,000 Feed repair parts and…

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YouTube Video: Backcountry tour at Boren Creek in La Plata Canyon

22 Jan 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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How to get jailed for illegally riding your bike in the City of Durango’s Oxbow Preserve

10 Jan 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. 3 Comments  

Since bikes have been outlawed in the new Oxbow Preserve, it’s important to know the consequences for riding your bike there in the event that law enforcement catches you. Bikes were criminalized in the City’s new Oxbow Preserve after Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board members Steve Whiteman and Paul Wilbert suggested it. The ban was part of a plan to allow the perimeter trail to be open as long as possible throughout the year, with river flows permitting. The Natural Lands Board and the City…

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Removal of sodium fluoride from Durango’s drinking water eligible for April’s election ballot

9 Jan 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

A ballot initiative petition drive seeking to allow Durango voters to decide if the City should discontinue the dosing of its drinking water with sodium fluoride was successful in gaining enough signatures by the deadline, according to its lead organizer. Jim Forleo, a local chiropractor who organized the petitioner’s committee and helped write the language of the ordinance, said Friday that the petitioners got enough signatures to put the question to voters on the ballot in April. “By 4pm today, we got it on the ballot! We get…

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Ten reasons why sodium fluoridation of Durango’s water deserves a public vote in 2017

31 Dec 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A ballot initiative petition drive by registered voters in Durango succeeded in getting enough signatures to put the removal of sodium fluoride from the drinking water on the election ballot in April. City Council will be taking a vote next week (February 7th?) on whether to preemptively remove sodium fluoride from the water at the petitioner’s request. Here’s why it’s important: The Technical Data Sheet for the product that the City of Durango puts in its municipal drinking water states that “Sodium Fluoride is poisonous when…

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People walk up the trailhead at the end of Ella Villa Court. Currently, the trail lays by the driveways of two homes at the cul-de-sac, but will soon be rerouted to reflect the language of a trail easement signed Dec. 5, 2016.

Ella Vita Court cul-de-sac to remain as trailhead following “Homeless Highway” crimes

17 Dec 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A trailhead at the cul-de-sac of Ella Vita Court dubbed by neighbors as the “Homeless Highway” will be rerouted to provide greater separation between two recently built homes and the vagrant drunks headed to and from their illegal campsites. In addition to homeless people, a broad spectrum of others on foot or bicycle access public land from this undeveloped trailhead that sits at the convergence of the Spirit Trail, the Tech Cutoff Trail and Ella Vita Trail. It’s a convenient trailhead for many people in Durango due to its…

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