Tragic and innocuous highlight 2013

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Tragic and innocuous highlight 2013

Top stories ranged from horror of Dylan’s disappearance to plastic-bag debate
Elaine Redwine received an outpouring of support from friends at a vigil held for her son Dylan Redwine after the boy’s remains were found in June.
A sudden September downpour caused Durangoans such as Andy Mylroie to scramble to deal with flooding.
Dylan Redwine
A passenger onboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad snapped this photo May 25 just north of Demon Bridge, near Durango High School. The story of the mass mooners went viral, making it the most-read story on The Durango Herald’s website in 2013.
An impromptu memorial went up in front of Carver Brewing Co. after Peter Carver died in an avalanche near Silverton.
Adam Gifford, co-owner of Durango-based Acceptus Group, is one of many looking at business opportunities from growing marijuana.
Top 10 stories as voted on by the Herald newsroom staff

The Top 10 stories for 2013, as picked by the Herald newsroom:
1. Dylan Redwine remains found: The sad official news came June 27. The 13-year-old boy, who’d been on a court-ordered visitation at Vallecito with his father, went missing Nov. 19, 2012.
2. Recreational marijuana: The city of Durango, La Plata County and state of Colorado in 2013 struggled with the legalities of recreational marijuana sales. The world watches.
3. West Fork Complex fires: The trio of merged fires in the Wolf Creek Pass area eventually burned 109,615 acres and closed U.S. Highway 160 over the pass for a week.
4. Plastic bags: Durango city councilors voted to impose a 10-cent fee on plastic and paper bags at large grocery stores, but voters overturned the fee in November.
5. Gun control: State legislators passed several gun-control laws, leading to the recall of two legislators. Rep. Michael McLachlan, D-Durango, was in the crosshairs for a time, but he ultimately escaped a ballot recall attempt.
6. Avalanches: Within a month, avalanches killed Durango natives Peter Carver and Joe Philpott. Carver was skiing near Silverton, and Philpott was in northern Colorado.
7. Rainstorms: Heavy September rains brought rock and mudslides down on county roads, up to 8 feet deep in places along East Animas Road (County Road 250). Several roads were closed for lengthy periods.
8. Aalands ousted: Chris and Shelly Aaland, both longtime fixtures of Fort Lewis College athletics, were fired in April. No official reason was given. Chris was FLC’s assistant director of athletics for communications and Shelly was women’s volleyball head coach.
9. Suzanne Garcia: The Durango resident was sentenced to six years in jail in February for perjury in a case in which her brother, Joseph Dernoga, plead guilty to killing Garcia’s husband, Ted Garcia.
10. Oxbow Park and Preserve: The 44-acre piece of riverfront land was created on the city’s northern limits, then a continuing debate over river access ensued.
Honorable mention: City voters consolidate fire districts. Mercury files pre-initial public offering papers with the federal government. An ethics probe of Fort Lewis President Dene Thomas found nothing wrong. Shale oil wells come to La Plata County.

Top 10 stories most read online

The Top 10 stories for 2013, according to most read on The Durango Herald’s website, are ranked by number of online hits:
1. Train riders see full moon. A group of youngsters bared their bottoms and exposed their breasts May 25 as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad passed by.
2. Dylan Redwine remains found. The sad official news came June 27. The 13-year-old boy, who’d been on a court-ordered visitation at Vallecito with his father, went missing Nov. 19, 2012.
3. Durangoan dies in avalanche. Peter Carver, 23, was killed in an avalanche Feb. 2 while backcountry skiing near Silverton.
4. Wolf Creek Pass closed. As the West Fork Complex raged in mid-June, officials closed U.S. Highway 160 over the pass for a week.
5. Locals shun Armstrong and Danielson. After Lance Armstrong’s doping confession, Durango’s who’s who in the sport called for lifetime bans and even jail time for cheaters from Armstrong to Fort Lewis College alumnus Tom Danielson.
6. Mark Redwine knocks search. May 17, nearly six months after a search began for his missing son, Redwine released a statement criticizing how missing children’s cases are handled by authorities.
7. Friends say Carver lived so much life. Friends and family talk about how Peter Carver left behind a legacy of a joy of living that profoundly affected them.
8. Feds probe Pagosa Springs. Authorities are investigating the family of the owners of the Springs Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs for possibly laundering drug money through the famous hot springs.
9. Heroin is possible link in two local deaths. Two Durango men, Shane Gibson, 21, and Eric Zwart, 27, died within a week of each other in March, possibly the result of heroin overdoses, said Coroner Jann Smith.
10. South Fork evacuates. With the West Fork fires bearing down, officials ordered the evacuation June 21 of the town of South Fork.

Tragic and innocuous highlight 2013

Elaine Redwine received an outpouring of support from friends at a vigil held for her son Dylan Redwine after the boy’s remains were found in June.
A sudden September downpour caused Durangoans such as Andy Mylroie to scramble to deal with flooding.
Dylan Redwine
A passenger onboard the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad snapped this photo May 25 just north of Demon Bridge, near Durango High School. The story of the mass mooners went viral, making it the most-read story on The Durango Herald’s website in 2013.
An impromptu memorial went up in front of Carver Brewing Co. after Peter Carver died in an avalanche near Silverton.
Adam Gifford, co-owner of Durango-based Acceptus Group, is one of many looking at business opportunities from growing marijuana.
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