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Personal possession of Schedule 1 and 2 narcotics is no longer a felony in Colorado

Did you know that as of the beginning of March, Colorado no longer considers personal possession of schedule 1 and 2 narcotics to be a felony? Neither did we, but it’s true.

In May of 2019, Governor Jared Polis quietly signed House Bill 19-1263 into law, and it just officially went into effect. The bill reduces the...

The Starfire Optical Range: Albuquerque’s high-powered telescope and/or death ray

Observatories are inherently cool – they allow humanity to look beyond our terrestrial confines and contemplate the mysteries of the universe. The Starfire Optical Range at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, however, takes your conventional astronomy telescope, dials it up to 11, and WEAPONIZES it.

The facility,...

Colorado’s Satanic Temple: Rituals, blasphemy, and public service?

Satanism. The word summons visions of medieval Black Masses – black-robed cultists gathered around an altar to sacrifice women, children, and animals to Beelzebub and then bathe in their sacrificial blood, maybe with some pentagrams, black candles, and spooky Latin chants thrown in for good...

Peachypeaks talks the naked truth about nudist mountaineering in Colorado

It’s a difficult metric to measure, but when it comes to butts, Peachypeaks probably has one of the most famous rears in Colorado. She’s also a serious mountaineer.

The Denver-based woman’s main Instagram account (@peachypeaks, naturally) features, at the time of this publication, around 250 photos almost entirely of...

Indigipop X: Food, film, zombies, and Baby Yoda

When the Indigenous Comic Con first launched in 2016, it followed a pretty standard model for a comic book convention. Fans were able to gather and converse with artists, writers, illustrators, and other creatives. There were panels and performances and places where vendors could sell their geeky wares. The difference,...

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...

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