100 years ago: Frank Underhill, who resides in block 55, entered a complaint that an adjoining property owner, George Barnett, had been so slow in arranging for sewer connections for his property that the place was becoming decidedly offensive. He asked the council to take action. The matter was referred to the Sewer Committee and the city attorney for investigation.
75 years ago: Deep snow today prevented any but meager reports reaching Silverton regarding the snowslide which injured two men and put four or five towers out of commission at the Mayflower Mine near Silverton.
50 years ago: OURAY Highway Department crews triggered a small snowslide in an effort to head off sudden-striking avalanches in the area where a minister and his two daughters were buried by a slide. Snow on slopes above the canyon puts searching crews in danger. The crews fired seven howitzer shells into the East Riverside Gulch snow mass and brought down a small slide. They planned to try to unloose a larger mass from the upper end later in the day.
25 years ago: When Durango High School senior Grant Maxey brings home his project from welding class, it wont sit on a mantel or even fit in his garage. The project is 400 feet long, weighs about 12,000 pounds and will need at least 10 gallons of paint before its complete. Maxey is the designer and builder of the high schools largest project in its Vocation Agriculture program. Hes spent at least 400 hours since October constructing a flat-bed trailer to haul lumber and building materials.
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.