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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...

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.

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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...

Five true-crime podcasts to put on your radar this summer

These days, it seems nearly impossible to keep up with the thousands of podcasts that continue popping up. Since podcasts are especially popular among true-crime fans, it can feel like mystery Whac-A-Mole galore. We feel it too and thus have narrowed down the search for some truly harrowing podcasts that have recently made...

Social Distance Powwow takes indigenous gatherings and traditions into cyberspace

The coronavirus pandemic is a truly global problem, and Native American communities aren’t immune to the effects of social-distancing efforts to “flatten the curve” of the virus’ spread. The same restrictions that have banned or greatly limited public gatherings have also canceled and postponed events like powwows, including...

Get Outta Town: Sit on your couch while isolated and learn about another devastating pandemic

In mid-January 1918, the ailments of most patients were well-known to Dr. Loring Miner, a physician in an agricultural and pig farming area of the country known as Haskell County, Kansas. The world was at war, but, aside from the thousands of Midwestern recruits, local army personnel, and British and French training officers...

Nudity and community: How has Suicide Girls survived almost 20 years?

In 2001, Selena Mooney found a stack of Betty Page images at a thrift store in Portland, Oregon. There was something different about them. The classic pin-up model seemed more comfortable than normal, as though she wasn’t deliberately trying to be sexy. The reason, Mooney supposed, was because the photographer was also a...

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