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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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Amazing weather, views in Horse Gulch today

20 Nov 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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This map of the trails in and around Horse Gulch was illustrated by GIS Specialist Ben Bain.

New maps of trails in and around Horse Gulch illustrated by GIS Specialist Ben Bain

9 Nov 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Bicyclists on the Animas River Trail ride behind the Double Tree Hotel and Albertson's.

City’s subcommittee on electric bikes mostly agree with their use on the Animas River Trail

5 Nov 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Electric bicycles should eventually be allowed on the Animas River Trail for commuting purposes. That was a reoccurring message among appointed City board members Wednesday that were exclusively selected to study the possible regulation of electric bikes on the City of Durango’s trails. Two people from each of three City Boards were chosen to discuss the regulation of electric bikes as a part of this subcommittee that met at the Durango Public Library. The three City boards and their respectful committee members were Kim Baxter…

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Discount Tire is next to Wal Mart in Durango.

Discount Tire, Uhaul, big pharma among top donors opposing Arizona marijuana legalization

22 Oct 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Several prominent corporations with a presence in Durango, Colorado have contributed to the campaign that’s against marijuana legalization in Arizona. In Durango, these corporations have a physical presence and/or a customer base that’s interested to know if their purchases are indirectly funding a marijuana prohibition campaign against the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, also known as Yes on 205. Among the prohibitionist corporations that donated to the campaign against Proposition 205 were Discount Tire, which donated $1,000,000 dollars, while Uhaul donated $35,000 dollars, Insys Therapeutics…

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City of Durango staff reject Southern Ute Growth Fund’s 3.1-acre land exchange offering

17 Oct 2016 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

City of Durango staff rejected a proposal from a Southern Ute Growth Fund official that would have exchanged a narrow 3.1 acres of sloping hillside with a drainage and storm water detention area for 3.1 acres of flat land next to a wetlands area. Nearly four months after Durango’s Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board approved a blind land exchange with the Growth Fund for land in Three Springs, a planning manager with the Growth Fund proposed the exchange with Durango’s Director of Community Development Kevin Hall.…

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