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Get Outta Town: Go dig up half billion-year-old fossils in Utah

Life was simpler in the past — specifically, about 507 million years ago. Life on dry land was practically non-existent, and the oceans were full of prehistoric bugs, the most famous of which were probably trilobites.

The ancient, aquatic creepy crawlies had bodies split up into three sections and spent their lives...

Shiprock filmmaker Kody Dayish honored for recent film “Parole”

The ongoing you-know-what may have brought filmmaking, like many other industries, to a standstill, but that hasn’t stopped local filmmakers from being honored for their work.

Kody Dayish, originally from Shiprock and the Sanostee Chapter area, is one such artist. He started the year off well, screening two of his...

The Sundance Film Festival plans to show movies in theaters ... even in Colorado

A few days into December, Warner Bros. announced that all of the movies it is releasing in 2019 will hit streaming and theaters at the same time. The fact that a major Hollywood studio is willing to dump an entire year’s worth of films onto HBO Max would seem to indicate that it doesn’t have much faith that things will return...

Ska Brewing Co. releases new set of hard seltzers for would-be party-goers

It may be the holidays, but with much of Colorado under Level Red COVID-19 restrictions, partying in person really isn’t the best idea right now. That notwithstanding, Ska Brewing Co. is hoping people will be in the mood to imbibe a new collection of hard seltzers with party-themed flavors.

The brewery’s new Ska Brewing...

The craft beverage industry, mental health, and a charity intersect in coloring book Durango-based communications collective releases adult coloring book

The Venn diagram of fans of adult coloring books and devotees of Colorado’s craft beverage industry has to have a high degree of overlap. Drinking beer and whiskey, and coloring both — at the very least — feels therapeutic.

And now there’s a coloring book aimed right at that overlap.

RadCraft, a Durango-based...

On the hunt for the best winter beers

Winter is officially here, and much like the denizens of the fictional Winterfell, Durangoans love their beer — especially when it’s frosty outside.

What makes for a great winter beer? It’s hard to pin it down to any one thing. It’s really in the eye of the beholder, er … palate of the beerholder. If we had to boil it...

Cantera’s fine dining transforms into Taco Libre, a taqueria

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Durango’s restaurants in the spring, Cantera was one of its casualties, never to open its doors again. The restaurant wasn’t dead, however. It was simply entering a period of metamorphosis.

Like a cecropia moth caterpillar (look it up, they start rather fancy) becoming its final...

How do the pizza and wings at Happy Pappy’s stand up to scrutiny?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely detrimental to restaurants, both locally and across the country — which is why we’re pleasantly surprised by ones that not only opened but also seemed to thrive during the year from hell.

Happy Pappy’s Pizza-N-Wings, on Durango’s North Main Avenue, is one such restaurant. It...

The secret to pairing beer with food? Experimentation.

When it comes to pairing beer and food, Durango has a world-class expert. Sean Clark is the chief operations officer and executive chef at Peak Food & Beverage, which runs Bird’s, El Moro Spirits & Tavern and Steamworks Brewing Co. He has also cooked at the James Beard House five times, three of them for beer-pairing...

Get Outta Town: Have a yabba-dabba-doo time in Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona is full of ancient ruins left behind by bygone civilizations. Few, however, are as easily recognizable as the dwellings to be found in Valle, Arizona, northwest of Flagstaff.

The site is remarkably well preserved, especially given that it dates back to a period of the paleolithic era when humans lived...

New Directors/New Films festival brings engaging new movies to your couch

If there’s any part of the arts and entertainment world that the coronavirus pandemic has given us a renewed appreciation for, it’s film festivals. While some of the largest ones were flat-out canceled, many others pivoted into the digital world, not only giving their regular viewers something to look forward to watching, but...

PRIMI Pasta & Wine Bar updated its menu so we bored into some boar

One of the razor-thin silver linings to the coronavirus cloud shutting down restaurants for dine-in service is that you no longer have to pick where you want to eat. You only have to pick where you want to pick it up from. We heard that after closing for a couple weeks in early November for non-COVID reasons, PRIMI Pasta...

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