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Big Lick Trail on the San Juan National Forest has some epic views when you get about half way down.

My comments on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment

27 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Dear Columbine District Ranger Matthew Janowiak, I have several comments to make on the Hermosa Creek Watershed Management Plan Environmental Assessment. Among the four alternatives that the Forest Service has laid out in the document, I support Alternative 3 the most. Alternative 3 makes the most sense to me as a mountain biker and as a conservationist. Mountain bikes, electric bikes and the trails that they are ridden on are all compatible with conservation values. From my extensive experiences on foot and bike in the…

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Campaign contributions made to defeat Durango’s fluoride-free ballot initiative

26 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

In the run up to the April 2017 election ballot initiative question about ending water fluoridation in Durango, campaign contributions poured in on both sides, with opponents of change having raised eight times more than Clean Water Durango, reports show. Among the roughly $40,000 dollars that was donated to the No […] Source: Campaign contributions made to defeat Durango’s fluoride-free ballot initiative – Clean Water Durango

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Wildlife photography essay, 10 species, location will remain undisclosed

23 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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This was an eighty-year-old ponderosa that the Forest Service took down to obliterate the Long Hollow Trail.

Trail+live trees obliterated by Forest Service, Trails 2000 and San Juan Citizens Alliance

12 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

An illegal trail and dozens of live trees along it were obliterated by employees of the U.S. Forest Service and Trails 2000, as well as volunteers from the San Juan Citizens Alliance, the San Juan Mountains Association and Garrett Coleman. Known as the Long Hollow Trail, Forest Service officials caught wind of the unauthorized trail after people complained about it being actively constructed by mountain bikers. Google Earth satellite imagery from April of 2006 confirms that the lower half of the trail existed at that point.…

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Animas River Days Parade 2017, video

5 Jun 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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Pedal The Peaks riders take podium at Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Adventure Pro BMX race

28 May 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

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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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These bags of Solvay brand sodium fluoride sit on a pallet at the City of Durango's Water Treatment Plant in January, 2017.

Blogger追求中国株洲市Tati-You县精细化工厂的照片

20 Apr 2017 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

这位博客正在寻求帮助找到中国株洲市的You县精细化工厂或Tati氟化盐厂的摄影,录像或信息。 自从我们科罗拉多州杜兰戈市政府正在中国工厂用氟化钠对其饮用水进行氟化处理,我们想更多地了解生产过程。 氟化钠在哪里制作?我们可以看到化工厂的一些照片吗? 工厂的工作条件如何? 工厂对周边社区和环境有什么影响? 我们对这种氟化钠装置的了解越多越好。 在Durango市坐落在其水处理厂的托盘上的Solvay氟化钠袋背面,以“中国制造”为名称,以“上海冶金发展有限公司” 这是一份相关文件,其中包括由美国保险商实验室进行的实验室分析,这是由上海冶金发展有限公司要求的氟化钠粉末。 Zhè wèi bókè zhèngzài xúnqiú bāngzhù zhǎodào zhōngguó zhūzhōu shì de You xiàn jīngxì huàgōngchǎng huò Tati fú huà yán chǎng de shèyǐng, lùxiàng huò xìnxī. Zìcóng wǒmen kēluōlāduō zhōu dùlángē shì zhèngfǔ zhèngzài zhōngguó gōngchǎng yòng fú huà nà duì qí yǐnyòng shuǐ jìnxíng fú huà chǔlǐ, wǒmen xiǎng gèng duō de liǎojiě shēngchǎn guòchéng. Fú huà nà zài nǎlǐ zhìzuò? Wǒmen kěyǐ kàn dào huàgōngchǎng de yīxiē zhàopiàn ma? Gōng chǎng de gōngzuò tiáojiàn rúhé?…

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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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Fluoride Vote It Out

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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