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Does Colorado have an issue with weight? Fat phobia is more deeply ingrained within our culture than you might think

It’s safe to say that, as a year, 2020 has sucked. At the same time, though, and perhaps partly because of it, many Americans have begun reexamining our roles in the treatment of people of other races, genders, classes, and so on. But some types of discrimination receive more attention than others.

Fat-shaming pervades...

Forrest Fenn’s death: A new twist to the hidden treasure debacle

It’s been a year of unraveling, one could say. A year where we do the big no-no of asking ourselves how things could possibly get weirder. After all, how could it get any worse?

It turns out, 2020 is not the year to test that question. After months of back and forths regarding an infamous treasure that was hidden in the...

Found? Remains at Mesa Verde may be those of hiker missing since 2013

At 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2013, Mitchell Dale Stehling set out on the quarter-mile-long hike to Mesa Verde National Park’s Spruce Tree House ruin. He never returned, sparking a massive search that never yielded any evidence of what happened to him.

Until now.

After the National Park Service received an anonymous tip...

Still celebrating Halloween this year? Here are some costume ideas

During a normal year, right about now, a month out, is when most of us would be figuring what to wear for Halloween. This year nobody would really blame you if you wanted to skip the holiday altogether. After all, it’s not like you can safely mingle at parties or anything of that nature. Then again, do you have anything...

Colorado’s San Luis Valley is a hotspot for UFOs, cattle mutilations, and more

Three miles north of the town of Hooper, Colorado — population about 100 — a white tower rises out of the desert. Centrally located between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the east and the San Juan Mountains to the west, the viewing platform provides observers with an unobstructed view of a large portion of the San Luis...

These weird local murders will give you the creeps

It was November 1985, when a passenger enjoying their time on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad caught sight of a disturbing scene that would completely upend their trip: a local business owner laying dead in the back of his truck, murdered. It turned out, that death was only the tip of the iceberg of a much...

Grand Falls is an impressive sight in northeastern Arizona — when there’s anything to see

It seems counterintuitive, but if you want to see a pretty bad-ass waterfall, head to arid Arizona.

And no, we’re not talking about Havasupai Falls. Lovely as it is, it’s kind of hard to get to, being part of a 20-mile round-trip hike on the Havasupai tribe reservation, where they only give out a few camping permits a...

Recovery in quarantine: How has COVID-19 affected people recovering from substance abuse disorders?

DGO tends to be a relatively substance-heavy magazine, writing at length about our enjoyment of cannabis and alcohol in particular. But we recognize that drugs, legal or otherwise, are not for everybody. Which is a large part of why we were curious about how people in recovery from substance abuse disorders are faring during...

4 Fascinating “Unsolved Mysteries” episodes that were solved

Content warning: This article includes descriptions of violence and murder.

“Unsolved Mysteries” is one of the greats. It’s a classic true crime and paranormal television show that, for many, inspired a lifetime obsession of the unexplainable....

“The Syndicate” podcast explores Colorado drug smuggling ring

When 2015 headlines broke that 32 people were arrested for their involvement in a marijuana growing and smuggling operation that stretched from Colorado to Minnesota, initial interest in Operation #GoldenGofer peaked and then quickly died down.

However, for former Westword writer Chris Walker, the story was far from...

Get Outta Town: See a bunch of prehistoric bugs and plants at the Florissant Fossil Beds

When you first watched “Jurassic Park,” were you one of the few people in the audience that was mildly interested in the dinosaurs but super excited by the prospect of digging up fossilized plants and animals?

Side note: In the movie, right before they see the brachiosaurus for the first time, paleobotanist Ellie...

Murder, manhunt and mystery: What actually happened to the “Four Corners Fugitives”?

Content warning: This article includes descriptions of murder and suicide.

At about 9:24 a.m. on May 29, 1998, Officer Dale Claxton with the Cortez Police Department radioed the words: “Behind Mack truck reported stolen; south in County Road 27 approximately one-half mile from McElmo Bridge.”

The water tanker...

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