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Does Colorado have an issue with weight? Fat phobia is more deeply ingrained within our culture than you might think

It’s safe to say that, as a year, 2020 has sucked. At the same time, though, and perhaps partly because of it, many Americans have begun reexamining our roles in the treatment of people of other races, genders, classes, and so on. But some types of discrimination receive more attention than others.

Fat-shaming pervades...

Durango Craft Spirits has some new bourbons aging, and we’re excited

Fans of local whiskey, we’ve got something to look forward to ... albeit in about 1.75 years.

Durango Craft Spirits has two new spirits aging — a blue corn bourbon and a single malt bourbon — both of which should be ready in 2022, according to co-owner and distiller Michael McCardell. The limited releases will join the...

Durango Beer and Ice Co. pops up in the place of its north Durango predecessors

Without much fanfare – understandable in our virus-gripped times — a new brewery has opened on the north side of Durango.

Durango Beer and Ice Co. is located at 3000 Main Ave. — the water tower-bedecked location most recently occupied by Chainless Brewing, and the home of Durango Brewing Co. before that. It appears that...

Found? Remains at Mesa Verde may be those of hiker missing since 2013

At 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2013, Mitchell Dale Stehling set out on the quarter-mile-long hike to Mesa Verde National Park’s Spruce Tree House ruin. He never returned, sparking a massive search that never yielded any evidence of what happened to him.

Until now.

After the National Park Service received an anonymous tip...

The new, moody, Colorado-based horror film ‘Rent-A-Pal’ is terrifyingly lonesome

If you hand us a movie, call it horror or thriller, and tell us it was filmed in Colorado, we’re probably going to watch it. If it also happens to feature Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) as the main horror element, we’re even further intrigued. And that’s why we sat down and watched...

Still celebrating Halloween this year? Here are some costume ideas

During a normal year, right about now, a month out, is when most of us would be figuring what to wear for Halloween. This year nobody would really blame you if you wanted to skip the holiday altogether. After all, it’s not like you can safely mingle at parties or anything of that nature. Then again, do you have anything...

Del Norte’s Colorado Grille & Tap House has interesting sandwiches and tasty beverages

On a recent trip through Del Norte, a street-corner restaurant caught our eye. We’d only ever really stopped in the town near the eastern end of Wolf Creek Pass for beer and pizza at Three Barrel Brewing Co., so we pulled over and went in.

The Colorado Grille & Tap House opened in April 2017 and is connected to the...

Now that museums are reopening, here are our top picks of exhibitions to see

Now that it’s September, significant chunks of public life are reopening not only in Colorado but in New Mexico as well. Down in the Land of Enchantment, closure orders shutting down all of the state-run museums just expired on the first day of the month. This reminded us of one more thing we haven’t been doing since COVID-19...

Get Outta Town: Drive-ins are great and all, but at Movie Manor, they come with a bed

There’s no way that anyone could have predicted it more than a few months in advance, but when it comes to movies, this was the summer of the drive-in.

As naturally social-distanced pods, cars turned out to be the perfect way to watch films – albeit old classics – outside the house. Communities like Durango and...

This year, the Telluride Horror Show is coming ... from inside your house!

As per usual these days, the in-person version of the Telluride Horror Show is canceled, much like the town’s famous film festival that would have happened the first week of September. However, unlike the less terrifying fest, the Horror Show is creeping its way onto the internet.

This year’s “Shelter-in-Place Edition”...

San Luis Valley Brewing Co. has good beers in a hip downtown setting in Alamosa

When we think of Colorado towns with cool downtown pubs, Alamosa doesn’t typically come to mind. But given our recent experience with the San Luis Valley Brewing Co., maybe it should.

The brewery, which opened in March 2006, was the valley’s first, at least according to the newspaper-styled menus they’re currently...

Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a hotspot for UFOs, cattle mutilations, and more

Three miles north of the town of Hooper, Colorado — population about 100 — a white tower rises out of the desert. Centrally located between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west, the viewing platform provides observers with an unobstructed view of a large portion of the San Luis...

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