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Get Outta Town: Iosepa, Utah’s Hawaiian oasis that failed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently one of the most active practitioners of missionary work, and things weren’t much different in the second half of the 19th century. One area where the church found success in converting people back then was Polynesia – to the point where, by 1889, about 75 Native...

Get Outta Town: Video game history slowly decomposes beneath the New Mexican desert

A seemingly vacant lot on the west side of Alamogordo, New Mexico, is the site of a mass extraterrestrial burial. Steven Spielberg’s E.T., to be specific, in the form of thousands of Atari 2600 video games. The site symbolizes a dark time in video game history and for many years was considered an urban legend.

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Get ready to put on your robe and wizard hat, Durango

What’s the first thing you do when you’re done rocking out at this year’s Snowdown? Peel yourself off the floor, take an ibuprofen, and begin preparing for the next one.

This year, the people who put on Snowdown began the festival the Sunday before the rest of the fest with an opening ceremony at Purgatory Resort. In...

A survivial guide for a Rockin' Snowdown

Snowdown is here, and if you're like us, you're ready – you're ready for this. You've been hanging on the edge of your seat. Down to Main Avenue you're going to zip, as the light parade rolls down the street.

Durango's original “cabin fever reliever” is back for the 42nd year and “live in costume.” This year's theme is...

Get Outta Town: Check out the ruins of mountainous military facility Camp Hale

It’s December 1939 and Finland is under attack. Joseph Stalin has sent 400,000 troops of the world’s largest infantry force, the Red Army, into the Scandinavian nation. Unchallenged by a country lacking the proper ammunition, a thousand Soviet tanks roll through across the snowy land, seizing large tracts of the Karelian...

Get Outta Town: Pay your respects to wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear

“Only you can prevent wildfires.”

If you’ve been anywhere near a national forest in the past 75 years you should have seen or heard some variation of that slogan. There’s no way to know how many unplanned forest fires it — or the advice associated with it — has prevented, but if you want to pay your respects to the...

Get out and play at Durango’s third annual Winter Pride

It’s cold outside, the days are short, and there’s snow on the mountain ... so it must be time for Pride. Winter Pride, that is.

Durango Winter Pride returns for its third year on January 25 and 26, and the 4 Corners Alliance for Diversity has events planned both up at Purgatory Resort and in downtown...

Play Dungeons & Dragons ... like an adult

Dungeons & Dragons — it has, over the 46 years since it was first published, developed a reputation as the epitome of geekdom. Thanks to four decades of pop culture, the name of the popular role-playing game evokes images of basement-dwelling teens gathering amid spent cans of Mountain Dew and half-empty bags of...

A fleet of mysterious drones is freaking people out in northeastern Colorado

If you’re into conspiracy theories and the like, it’s a great time to take a gander at the opposite corner of Colorado.

For the past three weeks, people in northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska have been reporting fleets of drones showing up at dusk, flying in a grid pattern, doing who knows what. And people...

Get Outta Town: Check out Grover, a nifty piece of space exploration history

If you’ve been through Flagstaff, Arizona, at first glance it doesn’t look much like the surface of the moon – especially with the sea of pine trees stretching in every direction. But for a period of time in the ’60s and ’70s, NASA considered it to be the next best thing.

As the first (and so far, the last) crew to land...

Star Wars intersects with indigenous cultures and inspires art

A young adult emerges from a dwelling onto an arid landscape. Irritated at his adopted parents, he kicks the dirt of his homeland. He walks a short distance and gazes at the sunset as he contemplates belonging, uncertainty, purpose, and dreams.

Depending on the number of suns disappearing beneath the horizon, this could...

Aliens were popular in 2019, especially in the world of online porn

Like many sites, the Canadian pornographic video sharing site Pornhub collects data on what its users do and search for online. It also goes one step further, though, and publishes these insights publicly, offering a unique view into trends in current events and culture.

In 2019, one of the site’s top search trends was...

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