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Albuquerque Museum hosting exhibition on Jim Henson, Muppets, and more

We can’t tell you how to get to Sesame Street. But if you take U.S. Highway 550 down to Interstate 25, get off at the exit for Interstate 40, head left on Rio Grande Boulevard, left on Mountain Road, and right on 19th Street, you can meet some of the cast. So to speak.

The Albuquerque Museum is hosting “The Jim Henson...

Get Outta Town: Pay your respects to wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear

“Only you can prevent wildfires.”

If you’ve been anywhere near a national forest in the past 75 years you should have seen or heard some variation of that slogan. There’s no way to know how many unplanned forest fires it — or the advice associated with it — has prevented, but if you want to pay your respects to the...

Proposed bill seeks to let you use weed in Colorado without fear of losing your job

You and a coworker hit the water cooler at the same time on a random Monday.

“Hey,” the coworker says, “I found this cool new hazy IPA at the liquor store. You have to try it.”

You reply, “Rad, bruh. I’ve got some stuff for you as well. I was blazing some dank-ass chronic last night and got totally...

The Antique Corral’s lunch counter evokes nostalgia for a time we don’t remember

DGO would like to note that we reviewed the Antique Corral before news broke of its sale of reproductions of segregation-era racist signs and other disturbing memorabilia.I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t spend much time antiquing. When it comes to furniture and the like, you’re...

Get out and play at Durango’s third annual Winter Pride

It’s cold outside, the days are short, and there’s snow on the mountain ... so it must be time for Pride. Winter Pride, that is.

Durango Winter Pride returns for its third year on January 25 and 26, and the 4 Corners Alliance for Diversity has events planned both up at Purgatory Resort and in downtown...

Play Dungeons & Dragons ... like an adult

Dungeons & Dragons — it has, over the 46 years since it was first published, developed a reputation as the epitome of geekdom. Thanks to four decades of pop culture, the name of the popular role-playing game evokes images of basement-dwelling teens gathering amid spent cans of Mountain Dew and half-empty bags of...

Catching up with WildEdge Brewing’s constantly evolving beer list

When it comes to inventive local beers, it’s no secret that we at DGO love the WildEdge Brewing Collective in Cortez.

Because of the ever-changing tap list, every visit seems to present a variety of new brews waiting to be tried. So, while visiting with some Montezuma County friends and colleagues recently, I decided to...

A fleet of mysterious drones is freaking people out in northeastern Colorado

If you’re into conspiracy theories and the like, it’s a great time to take a gander at the opposite corner of Colorado.

For the past three weeks, people in northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska have been reporting fleets of drones showing up at dusk, flying in a grid pattern, doing who knows what. And people...

Get Outta Town: Check out Grover, a nifty piece of space exploration history

If you’ve been through Flagstaff, Arizona, at first glance it doesn’t look much like the surface of the moon – especially with the sea of pine trees stretching in every direction. But for a period of time in the ’60s and ’70s, NASA considered it to be the next best thing.

As the first (and so far, the last) crew to land...

Durango shops respond to national vaping panic

The last year has been rough for the vaping industry, with more than 50 vaping-related deaths causing a national panic, and Durango has not escaped unscathed.

In the wake of reports about hospitalizations and deaths – recently linked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to black market THC products and...

Star Wars intersects with indigenous cultures and inspires art

A young adult emerges from a dwelling onto an arid landscape. Irritated at his adopted parents, he kicks the dirt of his homeland. He walks a short distance and gazes at the sunset as he contemplates belonging, uncertainty, purpose, and dreams.

Depending on the number of suns disappearing beneath the horizon, this could...

The Columbine Bar: Two-thirds dive bar, one-third museum

The Columbine Bar in Mancos is a collection of artifacts from bygone eras. Like some sort of hidden cove, it looks like it has been collecting cultural relics for decades.

The bar, which according to the plaque outside opened in 1910 (contradicting a painted sign inside dating it to 1903), is one of the oldest bars in...

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