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For real or fake: Authenticity over Forrest Fenn treasure discovery continues

After an infamous treasure chest was allegedly found in June, the very important controversy over whether the Forrest Fenn treasure was actually discovered is continuing to unfold after photos of the cache were released.

In case you’re new to the world of treasure hunting, welcome to the adult version of “The Goonies”!...

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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 —...

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...

Without a trace: The disappearance of Mitchell Dale Stehling

At 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2013 – a Sunday afternoon – Mitchell Dale Stehling left his wife and parents to hike down to Mesa Verde National Park’s Spruce Tree House ruin. That was the last time they ever saw him. Searches have continued over the past seven years, but to date, not a single scrap of evidence hints at what happened...

Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center is incorporating local LGBTQ youth into Durango’s Digital Pride

Jennifer Stucka and Sarah St. John were working as a mental health provider and guidance counselor, respectively, at Durango High School in the 2014-2015 school year when they were approached by LGBTQ students. The young people brought to their attention that there were no resources for them, so the two joined forces to do...

X marks the spot: Forrest Fenn treasure found in the Rocky Mountains

After at least five deaths, hundreds of thousands of hours of manpower, and a few lives ruined, the Forrest Fenn treasure chest was finally found in the Rocky Mountains.

What was so great about the treasure chest that it could inspire the dismal boulevard of broken dreams of hundreds of thousands of people? Apparently,...

Get Outta Town: Take a movie-themed tour of London

As I write this, most, but not all, of Colorado has moved from Stay-at-Home to Safer-at-Home, which is good because it eases restrictions on personal movement outside the home and allows some places to open up again — but to physically go outside to do anything for fun is still very limited for most people. Under the public...

Pride in the time of coronavirus

Update: On May 27, Diné Pride canceled their in-person Pride festival. However, like many other organizations, they will be holding virtual events online between June 22 and 26.Every year, revelers around the world take to the streets in June to promote and celebrate the dignity, equality,...

Staying alive: Farmington comic book store is enduring the coronavirus crisis

The spread of COVID-19 and the subsequent quarantining have been devastating to most retail stores, and unlike Wolverine or Deadpool, comic book stores have not been immune. However, like Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” #33, Farmington’s Tales of Tomorrow is hanging in there.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan...

These Colorado cold case murders were solved using genetic genealogy

Warning: This story includes descriptions of violence and sexual assault against women and children.“Hi. I’m Linda O’Keefe (or Linda ANN O’Keefe, if I’m in trouble with my mom). Forty-five years ago today, I disappeared from Newport Beach. I was murdered and my body was found in the Back...

Get Outta Town: Check out the Front Range’s less-than-authentic Ancestral Puebloan ruins

If you’ve been in the Four Corners for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the Ancestral Puebloans. The ancient Native American culture lived in the region for more than 700 years before moving away in the late 1200s A.D. The ruins of their civilization can be found in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah,...

Does Bigfoot stalk the Four Corners?

It was the early 1990s when Brenda Harris had her first face-to-face encounter with the unknown.

On a hot summer night, Harris had the windows open in her mobile home in Upper Fruitland, on the west side of Farmington, where the metropolitan area spills onto the Navajo Nation. Her husband had left home about 30 minutes...

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