100 years ago: Improvements of the fish hatchery for the San Juan Basin were being planned to help stock streams extending from the area.
75 years ago: The Ben Franklin store was decorated by the owners and staff and refinished inside by local carpenters in hopes of attracting more customers during the summer.
50 years ago: The 800,000-ton “problem pile of uranium mill tailings” on the outskirts of the city again received attention from the Colorado State Board of Health, and officials questioned how to stabilize and contain the fine dust that still contained some radioactivity.
25 years ago: A Salida man reported to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office that he and his friend saw a flaming meteor hit the field behind the propane plant in the 13600 block of U.S. Highway 550. Deputies were unable to locate the meteor.
100 years ago: A railroad engineer, whose mental condition was “not quite normal” according to his associates, created disturbances in Chama and Durango while on his regular route.
75 years ago: The lodgepole pine and spruce trees that were planted a couple years before on the Lime Creek burn site were reported to be healthy and growing during the plentiful spring rain and sunshine.
50 years ago: George Stewart of Burns National Bank spoke about the future of agriculture to an audience at Marvel Grange.
25 years ago: Marvel Grange and Marvel Junior Grange sponsored a program about Japan for Marvel residents that featured information, slides, costumes and refreshments.
Most items in this column are taken from The Durango Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Accuracy of content may not be verified.