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Exploring the mind-bending (and often miniature) world of Haley Cowan’s art

Since you-know-what descended upon the world, we’ve been spending a bit more time on social media as we continue to socially distance ourselves from the rest of the community. But that doesn’t mean we’re not engaging with local culture.

[image:2]One of the nifty things about social media (yes, it isn’t just for...

Subtle beers and tasty green chile flow at Cortez’s Main Street Brewery

We don’t know why it took us so long to try out Cortez’s Main Street Brewery & Restaurant. Maybe it’s the name. While it certainly won’t lead you wrong – the brewery is indeed on Main Street – it’s not quite as attention-grabbing as your WildEdges or Skas.

Whatever the case, we’re sorry we didn’t drop by sooner....

COVID-19: How do you stay at home when you’re homeless?

For most people, the stay-at-home orders issued by state governors in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak were an inconvenient but simple means of slowing the spread of the virus. But what are you supposed to do if you don’t have a home in which to stay?

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development,...

Graduate programs in ninja studies are things that actually exist

Among the many things we like to idly daydream about is what we’d study if we ever went back to school. And as of June, that question is even harder to answer than it was before.

According to CNN, Japan’s Mie University has been home to the International Ninja Research Center since 2017. Last month, a man named Genichi...

Are you ready to listen to live music again?

Remember those times eons ago, when you could go out into public, and listen to real people playing music in front of you, as other people — strangers even — would do the same and you’d all feel a sense of togetherness as you all enjoyed the rhythm together?

Well, those times seem to be back. Live music is a thing...

Get Outta Town: Keyhole Sink in northern Arizona has waterfall and petroglyphs

Not far from Williams, Arizona, on Historic Route 66, lies a spot where nature and ancient history converge. The Keyhole Sink features both millennium-old petroglyphs and, at times, a picturesque waterfall.

The location is a box canyon — which is shaped like a keyhole, in case you were wondering how that figures in —...

Does Farmington’s Mmm Que Rico restaurant live up to its name?

It isn’t often that you come across restaurants that name themselves an exclamation. There aren’t many diners calling themselves “Now, This Is a Lot of Grease!” or pizza places identifying as “OMG, I Can’t Handle the Cheesiness!”

Farmington’s Mmm Que Rico!, on the other hand, does — prompting hungry eaters to wonder if...

Break out the masks and the Magic cards as in-person tabletop gaming slowly returns

If you’re the kind of gamer who likes to gather with others to play tabletop and card games like Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer, or even Pokemon, Spring 2020 was a long season.

Quarantining yourself from anyone who was not in your household put a damper on in-person gaming that not even a Lesser...

Eat Zawadi brings traditional African cuisine to the Four Corners

If you, like us, are elated whenever a new restaurant opens — especially one specializing in a type of food that’s hard to come by in the Four Corners — we have good news. Eat Zawadi, specializing in traditional African cuisine, has opened in Durango.

Chef Arnold Ngumbao, aka Chef Safari, has been a staple of the...

The silver ball is back as pinball returns to the Four Corners

In a handful of venues across the Four Corners, there are familiar clacks, dings, sounds of steel rolling across a surface, and music and audio samples herald the return of a form of entertainment that has quietly survived the test of time: Pinball.

The machines that once dwelled in bars and arcades across the country...

Godzilla and Kayla Shaggy take on Toh-Atin’s Chief in comic

Amid national unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, renewed calls to remove racially insensitive monuments have spread across the United States. In Durango, this has placed the “Chief,” a giant sign that once advertised the Chief Diner on north Main Avenue and now points at Toh-Atin...

Like dinosaurs? Several new ones were recently identified from northwestern New Mexico

When it comes to new scientific discoveries, very few things are quite as exciting as the identification of new dinosaur species. As anyone who has ever been 6-years-old will agree, dinosaurs are just cool. And having more species on the record just gives the imagination that many more tools to play with while imagining what...

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