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Ned’s Hill trail mountain bike descent POV video

10 Jul 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

This post contains a point-of-view video that I took of my mountain bike descent at Ned’s Hill trail in Overend Mountain Park in Durango. 


Facial covering requirement at 9R schools ignores importance of exercise and sunlight

22 Jun 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A facial covering requirement alarmingly precludes the encouragement of exercise and sunlight exposure in a written plan of Durango School District 9-R for students and staff. Specifically, Durango School District 9-R appears to have adopted a three-tiered COVID-19 risk mitigation plan with the intention of safely and effectively managing in-person learning for all students. As a means for ensuring the health and safety of District 9-R students and staff one of the basic requirements for meeting this goal is to require students to wear a…



Death of Durango veteran follows COVID jab & battle with dementia

2 Jun 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

The death of a Durango veteran while he was isolated from his family in a nursing home came after receiving a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination and a battle with dementia. Burnie Gurule, 85 years old, died on Mar. 18, 2021 at Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango of perimyocarditis, according to the death certificate. Specifically, perimyocarditis is primarily a myocarditic syndrome, according to the Amercian College of Physicians. It’s a condition where the body’s immune system causes the heart muscle to become inflamed in response…


Kary Mullis vs Fauci

22 May 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Kary Mullis vs Fauci–the documentary. Kary Mullis explains in this video why the PCR Test that he invented was not designed to test for a virus. The misuse of PCR was the claim that it was meaningful, Mullis said about its ability to find anything in anybody. Fauci’s previous claim that HIV was causing AIDS was based on PCR testing, and it turned out to be wrong, according to Mullis.


Civil case against CJ’s Diner from health department dismissed

5 May 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

A civil case against CJ’s Diner in Durango to force them to comply with COVID-19 Executive Orders of Governor Jared Polis was dismissed five months later upon the request of the plaintiff, San Juan Basin Public Health. Given that CJ’s Diner chose to stay open during the alleged emergency, San Juan Basin Public Health decided to enforce their will upon them in civil court. The Governor’s Executive Orders and Public Health Orders occurred without constitutional or statutory authority and could not be enforced, according to…


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Trespassing charge against maskless mom at Natural Grocers dismissed

25 Apr 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A trespassing charge against a mom who took her mask down while carrying her baby through Natural Grocers was dismissed in court Wednesday, April 21, 2021. It started when Krystal Scarborough, her infant and her young child were shopping on January 26, 2021. While in the store, Produce Manager Amy Vaclav asked Scarborough five or six times to pull her mask up, the police report said. Initially, Scarborough complied, but then pulled it down again so that she could breathe easier. Vaclav allegedly followed Scarborough…


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Wildland fire allegedly started by homeless man, not train

14 Apr 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A wildland fire that was reported by The Durango Herald to have occurred in the City of Durango’s Oxbow Preserve actually occurred in an adjacent property owned by by Romad Investments. Originally, the fire was first reported at 2:30 p.m. on April 2nd on the preserve side of Oxbow Park and Preserve. Upon further investigation, it was evident that the fire and its associated spot fires occurred on the north side of the fence that runs along the northern boundary of Oxbow Preserve. The 1.5-acre…


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services stonewalls FOIA records requests

12 Apr 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services failed to respond to multiple requests for public records made in late 2020 pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, I made requests for records of COVID-19-related reimbursements that were made to Four Corners Health Care Center. Government Information Specialist Lauron Huntley of the CMS did acknowledge this request in writing on January 12, 2021. At the time, a letter of acknowledgement from CMS’s Jeffrey Wallace said that processing the request would take an additional…


Petition for electric mountain bike pilot study, Boulder County

7 Apr 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

An online petition seeks to push Boulder County officials to conduct a pilot study of class 1 electric mountain bike usage on foothills/mountain trails. Jeff Hainline created the petition, he said. Anyone can sign the petition, not just Boulder County residents, said Hainline. Sign the petition at the link below Currently, e-bikes are allowed on some natural surface trails in Jefferson County and on regional connector trails and bike paths in Boulder County, Colorado. They’re also allowed at McDowell Regional Mountain Park in Maricopa…


Baby Emery Patterson

Baby defies doctor’s predictions after premature delivery

31 Mar 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 7 Comments  

Defying the grim predictions of medical staff at a neonatal intensive care unit, a baby that was born 7 weeks premature is now happy and healthy celebrating her first year of life. Emery Patterson, the daughter of Kayla and Acie Patterson, was delivered via cesarean surgery on March 25th, 2020. Emery was delivered early after her mom Kayla was diagnosed with preeclampsia, a potentially dangerous pregnancy complication that’s characterized by high blood pressure. “I felt like I had a softball in between my stomach and…


Medical discrimination a reasonable approach for candidate Frank Lockwood

26 Feb 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  

Medical discrimination against consumers who refuse to vaccinate and wear masks is the reasonable approach for Durango City Council candidate Frank Lockwood. “I think a more reasonable approach might be simply limiting access to bars restaurants fitness clubs etc. for people who refuse to get a vaccine. This is more self-selecting and still keeps people safe. Also require shop owners to refuse service to the unmasked & unvaccinated. That should just about cover it,” said Frank Lockwood in a Facebook comment.


Suicide rates in La Plata County increased during shutdowns

20 Feb 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Suicide deaths increased in La Plata County during the shutdowns to 14 in the year 2020 over the 11 that occurred in 2019. At the same time, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith reported zero deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020. Two data sets with general cause of death numbers were provided by La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith. The stats from 2020 listed above do not include covid-related deaths that occurred at nursing homes or hospitals, said Smith. Furthermore, the deaths from pneumonia in…


Splitboarding on Super Bowl Funday by Red Mountain Pass

9 Feb 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


Legal efforts to benefit from dinner and dance fundraiser

31 Jan 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Legal efforts, for many businesses, will be the most viable source of resistance against government mandates that continually use an emergency declaration to justify suppressing their constitutional rights. Holding tyrants accountable in the courtroom takes time and money spent on a team of lawyers. As a means of bolstering the legal efforts of businesses that wish to operate freely without fear of molestation from government thugs, a fundraiser will be held. Specifically, La Plata County Business Alliance is organizing a Valentine’s fundraiser to benefit small…



Misleading table on CDPHE website riles up coroners

27 Jan 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A misleading table on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website has several Colorado coroners concerned with how the data set fails to distinguish between deaths from or among COVID-19 cases. Specifically, on the Colorado COVID-19 Data page of the CDPHE’s State Emergency Operations Center website is a misleading table. Titled “cases and deaths by county” is drop-down table with one column for each county, and one column for the number of deaths. Misleading table called out by Grand County Coroner Grand…


Colton Toliver's death was misreported as caused by COVID-19

Misreported: health department associates overdose death with COVID-19 outbreak

16 Jan 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A Bayfield man’s overdose death was misreported by San Juan Basin Public Health as being associated with a COVID-19 outbreak, and then it was refuted by a pathologist’s autopsy report nearly a month later. In contrast to a health department web posting, a Durango Herald news article and a Durango Herald obituary for Colton Toliver, was the cause of death listed in the autopsy report. Specifically, the cause of death was listed in the autopsy report as methadone toxicity; the manner of death: an accident.…


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Lawsuit filed against SJBHD, governor & CDPHE

10 Jan 2021 | Posted by LPCBA. No Comments  

A monumental lawsuit was filed by CJ’s Diner, supported by La Plata County Business Alliance, against Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDPHE) and San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) in response to their collective actions against this long and well established community diner. The owners Jerry and Carrie Martinez decided to take action after receiving a cease and desist order from the local health department. In November, the Colorado Department of Health (CDPHE) and San Juan Basin Health (SJBPH) classified…


Death certificate falsified with COVID-contribution claim

6 Jan 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

A Durango doctor falsified the death certificate of a woman by writing that a significant condition that contributed to her death in the nursing home where she was living at was COVID. To the contrary, an autopsy that was done before the death certificate was written clarified that her death was not caused by COVID, but instead by urosepsis, a urinary tract infection that was exacerbated by dementia. Nina Marion Mischker, 97, passed away while she was staying in the dementia unit of Four Corners…


1st Amendment Audit Fail At COVID Test Site, A Revisit, And Then A Pass

6 Jan 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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PCR tests eligible for add-on recompense if results are positive for COVID-19

20 Dec 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

PCR tests that are found positive for COVID-19 are eligible for an add-on reimbursement from Medicare that’s higher than the payment for negative results. This, suggesting the existence of a possibly undisclosed conflict of interest for participating laboratories. “To address potential Medicare program integrity risks, effective with admissions occurring on or after September 1, 2020, claims eligible for the 20 percent increase in the MS-DRG weighting factor will also be required to have a positive COVID-19 laboratory test documented in the patient’s medical record. Positive…


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