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Head grower Stacey Hitzeman isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty

Landing a job as a head grower in the cannabis industry is a lucky break. To do so, you not only have to have a grasp of high-level industry skills – think cloning, compliance measures, and quality control, for starters – but also a willingness to get your hands dirty. Literally.

Stacey Hitzeman, head grower at Good...

Ludlow Massacre Site (and ghost town!)

You probably haven’t heard of the Ludlow Massacre Site, the site of one of the deadliest labor protests in American history. But it’s a thing, it’s in Colorado, AND it’s now a ghost town you can visit.

Here’s what went down. So, back in 1913 in Ludlow, there were about 8,000 Colorado mine workers employed by the...

Stop in for a draft at Pagosa Brewing

While the phrase “hop on a dick” may seem offensive, chances are, it does not mean what you think it does. Or, at least, not at Pagosa Brewing & Grill in Pagosa Springs. In fact, that cheeky phrase is used pretty commonly around those parts, especially when ordering a mixed beer. It refers to a beer mixture of Powder Day...

Get outta town: Rainbow Falls, a badass graffiti waterfall

Do you love your graffiti with a side of waterfall? Or your waterfall with a side of graffiti? Well, if you answered yes to either of those questions, you should consider checking out Rainbow Falls, which runs out of Fountain Creek in Manitou Springs.

The natural waterfall is tucked under an imposing highway overpass,...

Get outta town: Coney Island’s wieners in the woods

Listen. Everybody loves wieners in the woods, which means everybody should LOVE the Coney Island Hot Dog Stand in Bailey, Colorado.

This oddity, built in 1966 in Denver as part of a New York-themed boardwalk, is what it sounds like: It’s a giant hot dog-shaped hot dog stand right in the middle of the wooded mountains....

The Ultimate Fight

In late 2016, UFC fighter Josh Samman was at the top of his game. The Des Moines, Iowa, native had managed to climb the rungs from amateur Mixed Martial Arts fighter (MMA) to a competitor in the middleweight division of the UFC, and had even landed a spot on the show “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The 28-year-old had what...

Hallucinogenic healing

Ecstasy. Magic mushrooms. Acid. Ayahuasca. Peyote. It’s no secret that these mind-tripping psychedelics are a whole lot of fun at parties, but can the same drugs that cause you to feel music coursing through your veins also help purge your body of residual emotional trauma? The short answer is yes. Probably. Outlook...

Love it or hate it: Hot yoga

Love itThe first time I did hot yoga was at a Bikram studio in my early-20s. After powering through my nausea in the 90-minute class in 105-degree heat, I drank the Kool-Aid. My thoughts have since changed about Bikram. The intense heat seems slightly masochistic, and the consistent routine...

Mountain driving is for the birds (and daredevils)

So, I made an interesting discovery recently. What I discovered is that I’m borderline terrified of driving over the mountains ... or near the mountains ... or on basically any elevated surface made of rock.

When I first moved here, I only brought with me a carload full of clothes, shoes, and other mostly useless...

Love it or hate it: Chicken pot pie

Love itMy fear of chicken pot pie began in kindergarten. Mrs. Nelson had brought an incubator into the classroom and all of the p.m. class couldn’t wait for the cozy little eggs inside to hatch.

It was around this same time I went to my neighbors Annie and Johnny’s house for dinner....

From the editor: In which I reluctantly attempt to introduce myself to you, Durango

By the time this column is published, I will have been a resident of Durango for exactly 12 days. Six of those days were spent trying to write this column.

I’m not sure why I dread the process of writing about myself, I just do. I write and then rewrite, ad infinitum, until the deadline cannot be pushed further and I’m...

How to make the most of your Durango living space with any budget

There are three versions of wealth in America: the rich, those who have menial savings accounts, and the rest of us. The affluent have access to contractors and interior designers to build custom homes with high-end materials, fine furniture, and original works of art. The majority of Americans can save a buck by laying their...

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