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Colorado ghost towns you should be haunting this summer

COVID is cramping our traveling plans. No summer vacation to Tokyo or road trip to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival. What a downer 2020 has turned out to be.

This begs the question: How can we travel somewhere cool but still maintain social distancing and not potentially expose hundreds of people or get...

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‘The treasure was found in Wyoming’: Forrest Fenn treasure drama continues

In light of the uproar around the discovery of a treasure chest he hid, Forrest Fenn has provided another clue as to the location of the controversial cache.

The treasure, worth an estimated $2 million, was found in Wyoming, announced Fenn, an 89-year-old Santa Fe author and artifact dealer.

“Because I promised...

Get Outta Town: Check out the “Home of Truth” a Utah ghost town built around resurrection

The American West is littered with ghost towns — abandoned communities that fell on the wrong side of prosperity. But very few of them fell into ruin because of an attempt to resurrect one of their residents.

Marie Ogden, a wealthy widow from Newark, New Jersey, found comfort in the world of spiritualism after the death...

COVID-19 is inspiring more people to drop acid

2020 is already the fever dream we never wanted so why wouldn’t we sprinkle some LSD in there while we’re at it?

At least, researchers believe this is what a lot more Americans have started doing. Why? Escapism, researchers are saying.

“LSD is used primarily to escape. And given that the world’s on fire, people...

Get Outta Town: Try to make sense of the Mystery Stone of Los Lunas

On a hillside west of Los Lunas, New Mexico, about 35 miles south of Albuquerque, sits a large boulder bearing a message etched into the stone. This, in and of itself, isn’t unusual; after all, petroglyphs are found throughout the region.

But this stone is different: Its etchings are an inscription ... and they’re in...

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...

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”!...

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...

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