A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

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A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

On the radar: A new governor, a high-profile court case and a reckoning with bears
2018 events calendar

“A Black Tie Affair” Snowdown 2018: Jan. 31-Feb. 4, www.snowdown.org.Durango Independent Film Festival: Feb. 28-March 4, www.durangofilm.org.Durango Celtic Festival: March 8-11, www.durangocelticfestival.com.Durango Bluegrass Meltdown: April 20-22, www.facebook.com/durangobluegrassmeltdown.Durango Wine Experience: May 3-5, www.durangowine.com.Taste of Durango: May 20, www.tasteofdurango.com.Iron Horse Bicycle Classic: May 25-27, www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com.Animas River Days: June 2, www.animasriverdays.com.Music in the Mountains: July 8-29, www.musicinthemountains.com.Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run: July 20, www.hardrock100.com.Durango Fiesta Days: July 27-29, www.durangofiestadays.com.Thirsty 13 Half Marathon and San Juan Brewfest: Aug. 25; www.thirsty13durango.com.Four Corners WholeExpo: Sept. 8-9; www.wholeexpo.com.Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Oct. 4-7; www.durangocowboypoetrygathering.org.Durango Turkey Trot: Nov. 22; www.durangorunningclub.org/events/turkey-trot.Noel Night: Dec. 1; www.local-first.org.

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Sports highlights in 2018

Fort Lewis College basketball March 2018Both Fort Lewis College basketball programs are having strong seasons in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The two teams will eye conference championships in March tournament play and have goals of reaching and winning games in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional tournament.
Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, May 25-27, 2018The 47th Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will roll on Memorial Day weekend. Though 2017 champion and hometown hero Sepp Kuss may not be able to defend his road race crown with new team obligations in Europe, a loaded field is sure to show up for one of Durango’s biggest weekends of the year. This year will be the second go for downtown BMX, a spectator favorite in 2017. The king and queen of the mountain battles are also sure to bring the excitement with a weekend packed full of racing.
SCOTT Enduro Cup, July 14-15, 2018Professional mountain biking will return to Durango and Purgatory Resort in 2018. Purgatory, the site of the 1990 World Championships will host one day of action, while backcountry single-track riding will consume the other. It will be the third round of the SCOTT Enduro Cup on a five-round circuit that includes Moab, Utah; Angel Fire, New Mexico; Powderhorn; and Park City, Utah.
2018 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, July 20-22, 2018Four-time defending champion and world-class mountain athlete Kilian Jornet is expected to return to the heart of the San Juan Mountains with eyes on a record-tying fifth Hardrock title. A fifth win would match the record held by Utah’s Karl Meltzer.
The women’s race has grown increasingly competitive in recent years, and Caroline Chaverot of France will have a chance to defend her title in this 100-mile footrace that features 66,000 feet of climbing and 13 different mountain passes higher than 12,000 feet.
Colorado Cycling League State Championships, Oct. 2018For the first time, the Colorado Cycling League, part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, will bring its state championships to Durango. Riders such as Maddie Jo Robbins of Durango High School will look to defend state championships won in 2017 on home trails.
Animas High School and Durango High School both boast quality cycling teams with the coaching of Durango DEVO. Organizers helped move the state championships from Eagle to Durango for the first time after a five-year run in Eagle.
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A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Mark Redwine, father of Dylan Redwine has been charged with second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in connection with the boy’s death in November 2012. It is unknown when and where a trial may be held, but Redwine is sure to face court hearings in 2018.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Durango City Council says Lake Nighthorse will open to recreation April 1. Recreationists will be able to use the lake from April through Nov. 15.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners support finding a new location for homeless campers in the new year. But finding the right location has proved challenging.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

In 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to provide greater detail about plans to clean up the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site north of Silverton.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Sixty bears were euthanized this year in Southwest Colorado by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, landowners and Wildlife Services. Wildlife officials and local governments hope regulations aimed at preventing bear-human conflicts will curb the problem in 2018.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Gov. John Hickenlooper drinks water from the Animas River on Aug. 12, 2015, a week after the Gold King Mine spill. Hickenlooper will leave office in 2018, and a slew of Democrats and Republicans are vying to replace him.

A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

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A look ahead at what the new year may have in store

Local residents and business owners will be watching to see if recent federal tax cuts can stimulate economic growth at ma-and-pa shops in downtown Durango.
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