100 years ago: “Sheriff Fassbinder was called to the Ignacio section in his official capacity. Justice of the Peace Cameron and Constable Barnes are making a special effort to convince law breakers that they are not considered desirable citizens in that neighborhood.”
75 years ago: “George S. Price, mining man of Mullan, Idaho, is in Durango for a short visit with his nephew, Jack Price.”
50 years ago: “First, it’s water on the lawns every other day at specified hours. Then it’s water all over the lawns in a flood. A sudden heavy rain sent mud, rocks and debris cascading down sloping streets to plug storm sewers and flood nearby areas. Some of the worst parts were along the motel section on north Main Avenue where debris from 32nd Street caused the trouble, on the west side of the Animas River, Rio Vista Circle, Apache Trailer Court on Junction Creek and the area around Needham Drive.”
25 years ago: “A mountain lion somehow made its way to the backyard of a residence in the 700 block of East Third Avenue. Authorities from the Division of Wildlife, the Durango Police Department and the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist, but the mountain lion leapt over a fence and disappeared. By checking the size of the mountain lion’s paw prints, DOW officials estimated it weighed between 175-210 pounds.”
Most items in this column are taken from Herald archives, Center of Southwest Studies and Animas Museum. Their accuracy may not have been verified.