After the national televised embarrassment of Durango over the chicken ordinance," and after reading so much about the
time and energy put into this ordinance, can you find out how many homes in the city limits actually have chickens now?
Also, is there any truth to the rumor that Bob Kunkel was the man in the chicken suit? - Concerned Non-Chicken Durango
A national embarrassment?" Heck no!
You want embarrassing? What about the dubious Bridge to Nowhere, the deplorable Glacier Club land grab and the
ice-bound conditions of city streets earlier this winter?
Now those are things on which the community can hang its head in shame.
But when a feathered interloper shows up on camera at a City Council meeting, it should be a cause for celebration. It
should be a source of great civic pride.
The Great Capon Caper is a classic only in Durango" moment.
Kind of like when Ben Breed rode his horse into the Diamond Belle during Snowdown. Like when a soccer hooligan streaked
a Fort Lewis College playoff game. Like many items daily on the Police Blotter.
A chicken-suit stunt is something we should all crow about.
That being said, there certainly was a lot of time and energy that went into the legislation. It took something like a
year and a half from start to finish. Much city staff time was devoted to the issue.
But in the end, Durango has a leghorn law to be proud of. A feather in the cap, so to speak.
Anyway, you asked how many in-town homes have chickens. The answer is: No one really knows for sure, including the
Action Line is aware of two chicken aficionados, both of whom are nice people who understandably want to remain under
One fellow's pullets are generally known in the 'hood. And if the constabulary wants to interrogate, ain't nobody
sayin' nuthin 'bout no chickens.
The other poultry peccadillo is occurring on the other side of town at an undisclosed location.
And don't worry, this undisclosed location is not Dick Cheney's mystery bunker.
So that's two confirmed chicken locations. No doubt, there are others.
Several people" have picked up the new Application for Chicken Permit, according to the city clerk's office, which
proffers the poultry
Anyone wanting to raise chickens in the city limits must fill out the forms and then pay 20 bucks for the license fee
The application includes a copy of the chicken law and a nine-page primer on chicken housing, heating strategies,feeding and care tips, and guidelines for treating common pullet parasites.
The city clerk's office said no one has turned in a completed application. But it's still early. Basin Co-op said the
soonest it will have chicks is mid- to late March.
You know what they say about counting your chickens.
As for the identity of the Durango Chicken, downtown denizen Bob Kunkel denied any involvement or knowledge.
I've been the Easter Bunny," he admitted. But I have no clue who the chicken is, and I haven't heard anything on the
streets," he said.
So we can rule out Bob.
But what about some other possible suspects?
What about FLC's outgoing president Brad Bartel? After all, appearing as a rogue rooster is one sure way to leave your
mark on the community.
Does former state senator and retired Marine leader Jim Dyer have an alibi for the night in question? Don't put it past
our affable warrior-poet to don a uniform, albeit covered in feathers.
Rod Barker of the Strater Hotel? Rod is a shrewd marketer who knows the value of national TV coverage.
And Fred Kroeger. It probably was Fred. After attending his umpteenth thousandth public meeting, he probably vowed,After I get off this dang board, I'm going to make a public meeting one to really remember!"
Alas, from all appearances, the stealthy Durango Chicken has flown the coop.
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