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Game of Thrones, Pokémon, and superheroes to hit the streets of Durango for Snowdown 2019

This week, you’ll probably see Wonder Woman sippin’ a beer at one of downtown Durango’s bars. Or, you may spy Pikachu as they belt out a drunken version of Radiohead’s “Creep” at karaoke night. Or maybe a dinosaur will beat you in beer trivia.

No, it’s not Halloween – it’s Durango’s biggest party of the year: Snowdown....

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Umm, I’ve never been to Snowdown, so why should I go?

I’ve lived here for a few years, and I’ve never made it out for Snowdown. I’m not trying to be a buzz kill, but part of me just doesn’t get it and another part of me simply doesn’t like dressing up. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all about the drinking holidays, but I always skip Halloween because of that whole mandatory costume...

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Snowdown events we’re looking forward to

The 41st Annual Snowdown is nearly upon us and, like the rest of you, we couldn’t be more psyched. We previously went and published the very loooong schedule of events, and man – there are a lot of them. So we went and picked out a few adult activities we’re pretty fired up about. Obviously, there are a million and one other...

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Get Outta Town: The bomb bunker hidden deep within Cheyenne Mountain

While Cheyenne Mountain is hardly the most visually captivating mountain outside of Colorado Springs – Pike’s Peak takes that Rocky Mountain cake – it is home to one of the most astounding man-made features in the area: Cheyenne Mountain Complex.

Here’s the gist. Back in the 1960s, the world was worried about the Cold...

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A classy lady’s guide to preparing for the apocalypse

The first (and only) time I’ve ever watched “Apocalypse Now,” I was on a substance I’d rather not name. It was college, aka the time when doing stupid things on the regular was the only way to live. I spent the entire first half of the movie ranting and raving that it wasn’t accurately depicting a real apocalypse (clearly...

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Disaster prep in the Southwest: Are end times just around the corner?

Google Maps will take you most of the way to Drew Miller’s latest Fortitude Ranch, but not quite all the way there. We were trying to track this place down for our story, and per Miller’s instructions, we approached the pinpoint that Google had guided us to, and then took another turn down a steep dirt road and before...

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Your guide to the Snowdown 2019 schedule of events

Good news, friends! We’re quickly approaching Snowdown time, the most magical time of the year in Durango. This year’s theme is Comic-Con, which means you get to dress up like, well, whatever the hell you want to. Want to be Eleven from Stranger Things? Go for it. How about some obscure anime character that no one will...

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Activists are trying to decriminalize magic mushrooms in Denver, giving even more clout to the Mile High City moniker

Shrooms. Eat the right ones and you might end up with super cool hallucinations. Eat the wrong ones and you’ll be bordering on death. You win some, you lose some, right? Pro tip: DON’T EAT THE ALL WHITE ONES. Those are NOT magic.

Anyway, some activists in Denver are looking to win a different kind of mushroom battle....

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Montrose funeral home is being sued for allegedly selling body parts of their deceased clients without permission

We’re not even sure what inappropriate joke to make about this one. Apparently a Montrose funeral home and its owner are being sued for the third time for allegedly harvesting and selling body parts without permission. YES. SELLING BODY PARTS. You read that right.

Terri Thorsby, a La Plata County resident, found out...

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Extreme rescues: La Plata County Search and Rescue takes on the difficult task of saving wayward daredevils, finding the lost

The first rescue Search and Rescue veteran Ron Corkish ever went on was when a young man whose overeagerness to rappel, despite his lack of experience, got him stuck on the side of a cliff.

The college-aged man had visited a climbing area near Turtle Lake to practice rappelling, since he was new to the...

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Rub yourself with El Santuario de Chimayo’s holy dirt

There’s a place in New Mexico that’s taking that saying, “God made dirt, and dirt don’t hurt” to another level. A heavenly level.

What do we mean by that? Well, we mean El Santuario de Chimayo, of course. Known to locals as “Chimayo,” this adobe church is a well-known Catholic pilgrimage site – in fact, it’s been called...

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True crime podcast My Favorite Murder is bringing people together all over the world, even in Mancos

It’s after hours at Absolute Bakery & Cafe in Mancos, but the business is far from empty. A group of women have gathered here on a Sunday evening to sip wine and cider while holding pieces of paper containing hand-scribbled notes. They’ve come here to laugh. They’ve come to tell stories. And they’ve come to chat about...

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