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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.


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…


New travel management plan approves 2 bikes-only directional trails on Animas City Mountain

19 Dec 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. 2 Comments  

A new BLM travel management plan authorizes the construction of two bikes-only directional trails on Animas City Mountain. At the same time, the travel management plan will now make criminals out of mountain bikers who have been accustomed to riding certain trails adjacent to Overend Mountain Park for more than 20 years. Specifically, the plan prohibits bikes on Skid Ridge, parts of Hogsback Trail and Slime Gulch. In addition to e-bikes being banned there, the plan continues to ban e-bikes from Animas City Mountain, Grandview…


Freedom March video, 12/12/2020, in Pagosa Springs, CO, by Seva Cine

13 Dec 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  


Protesting the lockdown & closure of society due to medical tyranny

12 Dec 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. 1 Comment  


CJ's Diner closed temporarily by judge's order

CJ’s Diner ordered to stop indoor dining by Judge following injunction request

10 Dec 2020 | Posted by Victoria Schmitt. No Comments  

Court action involving CJ’s Diner On Saturday Dec. 5, SJBPH filed in District court for an order to prevent CJ’s Diner from offering indoor dining. The court issued a temporary order to that effect.  The purpose of a temporary order is to stop an action (indoor dining) for a temporary period of time until the case is heard in court. The case was heard in court today, Weds. Dec. 9 and a Preliminary Injunction was issued.   A Preliminary Injunction means the court orders CJs to stop indoor…


Planned protest against lockdown to occur this Friday starting at Buckley Park

9 Dec 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A protest against the lockdown and in support our local businesses and sporting events will occur this Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. starting at Buckley Park.  


Transparency and sense of community lost in response to virus

19 Nov 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

As a resident of Durango, I implore you to help end the economic and societal shutdown of Durango immediately. We haven’t had any La Plata County residents die due to CVOID-19, according to data from San Juan Basin Public Health. I am far more concerned with the societal detriment that will be caused by shutting everyone’s work lives and sports activities down that I am with the harm that the virus will cause itself. It is a shame that so many athletic activities in our…


Punched in face: crime motivated by fear, offensive speech, gender & party affiliation

19 Nov 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A woman who punched an unmasked man at O’Reilly Auto Parts in Durango has identified her fear of him, as well as the victim’s gender and his party affiliation as possible motives for initiating violence. It started when Ryan Bartholomew, age 39, of Durango, was with a friend making a purchase at O’Reilly Auto Parts. In the next line over, getting ready to pay for items at a register, was Sadie Wendt, age 23, of Durango, and her girlfriend. While at the register, Wendt asked…


Discussions of naming or renaming of trails deferred to Community Relations Commission

21 Oct 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A vote of the Natural Lands Board vote to defer all trail-naming discussions to the Community Relations Commission follows the renaming of multiple trails on the city’s online interactive map without public input or discussion. Specifically, the new names given to the following trails in the Horse Gulch trail system: Raider Ridge renamed to “Half Ridge” “Extended Ridge” or “Hyper Extended Ridge” Anasazi Descent renamed to “Sendit” Sky Raider renamed to “Ridgeview” Down N Out renamed to “Ben’s Down N Out” Shocker renamed to “Squawker”…


E-bike trial period at Twin Buttes approved by 2 boards and City Council–begins June 29, 2020

19 May 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  

A sanctioned one-year trial period for class 1 e-bikes on trails at Twin Buttes Open Space has been approved by two City of Durango boards, as well as by City Council. It’ll start on June 29, 2020. First, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved the test. Shortly afterwards, most of the the Natural Lands Preservation Advisory Board changed their minds and then unanimously approved a trial at Twin Buttes. Originally, I was the only board member in favor of having a sanctioned trial for…


GoPro Video: vulnerable descent from Hogsback

21 Apr 2020 | Posted by Adam Howell. No Comments  


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