100 years ago: A 50-year-old Durango rancher was kicked in the face by a horse, which shattered part of his skull, caused him to lose an eye and did brain damage. He had no memory of the incident after he regained consciousness.
75 years ago: Durango High School announced fall classes, including: news writing, plane geometry, physics, Spanish, home-making, business law and economics, world history, sociology, typing and agriculture.
50 years ago: The front page featured a story about a particularly smart German shepherd that, after a bad run-in with a porcupine, showed up at the door of the emergency entrance at the Durango Community Hospital, seemingly to seek help. Three young nurses heard scratching at the door and opened it to find the dog with quills sticking out of his face. They weren’t able to pull the quills out of his muzzle so they waited until their shift was over and drove him to an animal clinic south of Durango, where veterinarians treated him and contacted the owner.
25 years ago: Someone reported to Durango Police Department that a monkey was living in a culvert near the train tracks outside the mobile home park at 288 Animas View Drive. Officers arrived at the location but were unable to locate the monkey.
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.