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COVIDCheck rapid test and PCR test offer opposing results for same person, same day

20 Sep 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A COVIDCheck COVID-19 rapid test and a COVID-19 PCR test were administered to my friend on the same day. Alarmingly, one test came pack positive, and the other came back negative. The science is amazing, isn’t it? At the same time, the test recipient did not have any symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of the inspection, they told me.

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Lynn Urban of United Way

United Way discriminates against blogger at public park for refusing medical procedure

29 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

United Way of Southwest Colorado President and CEO Lynn Urban denied my access to the San Juan Brewfest at Buckley Park for failing to provide proof that I engaged in a medical procedure related to the COVID-19 virus. At 1328 hours on 8/29/2021 I was denied access and entry into Buckley Park, a city of Durango-leased public park that’s owned by Durango School District 9-R. I video recorded the discrimination. Lynn Urban, the President and CEO of United Way of Southwest Colorado, denied me entry…

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Open Gym cancelled during COVID, but class offerings for youth gymnastics abound

24 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Ture Nycum, the City of Durango’s new Parks and Recreation Director, gave us an update about the status of Open Gym and class offerings for preschool and school-aged youth at the Durango Gymnastics facility. “Like many programs, preschool, school aged or adult open gym was not offered at Durango Gymnastics during covid and preschool and school aged open gym has not been brought back as of yet,” said Nycum. “We do, however, after re-opening many facilities have many class offerings for youth gymnastics where kids…

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Serra Meyer, a nurse at Mercy Regional Medial Center, lying about ICU occupancy

16 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Serra Meyer, a nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center, gave some highly inaccurate information about the occupancy of the intensive care unit at the hospital.

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Vaccination disclosure sought as requirement for attending a board meeting

10 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

Vaccination would be required in order to attend a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting under an unwritten policy based on feelings that’s being championed by several board members. The originally scheduled August 11th meeting was intended to be the first in-person meeting since since the COVID-19 mandates were lifted. After I refused to disclose my vaccination status, city staff changed it to a virtual Zoom meeting two days beforehand. Parks and Recreation Board Chair Anthony Savastano took the lead on requesting the private medical…

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Parents vs COVID cult at Durango School District 9R meeting

7 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

Parents, teachers and medical professionals voiced sharply divided opinions about what COVID-19 risk management strategies Durango School District 9-R should take for students in the 2021-2022 school year at a meeting this week. By far the most contentious policies were those of face masking and COVID vaccinations. Should they be required? After the new superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser introduced herself, the first speaker was a teacher from 9R.  Parent teacher who requests medical freedom Tory Queen, a teacher and parent, questioned the efficacy of…

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District 9-R meeting to solicit feedback on COVID-19 guidelines for 21/22 school year

1 Aug 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A community feedback session on COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for the 2021-2022 District 9-R school year is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango High School auditorium. District 9-R has a number of considerations regarding guidelines for COVID-19 in schools that are based on recommendations that were issued by the Center of Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Their considerations are the following: Continuing daily symptom screening/stay home when sick Masking for unvaccinated students and staff Maintain…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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 https://www.change.org/Boulder-Class1-eMTB-Study 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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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Splitboarding on Super Bowl Funday by Red Mountain Pass

9 Feb 2021 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  



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