Durango girls learn elements of science at Maker Camp

What do you get when you give a roomful of little girls a bunch of electric mixers? If you guessed cookies or cupcakes, you’d be wrong. The electric mixers were in for a fate more fatal than simply...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Creepy crawlies

Durango is home to hideously amazing creatures: the creepy crawlies of Southwest Colorado. Each hair-raising in their own way, they play a vital role in pest control by eating everything from...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Utah, living on Mars

HANKSVILLE, Utah – Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape. One hikes up a hill to...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Tenacious 98-year-old leaves trail of murals

COLORADO SPRINGS – Mural artist Eric Bransby hasn’t let anything deter him from his craft. The list of potential disruptions dates back decades: parents who didn’t support his artistic interest,...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Mancos, cousins turn leather work into an art

In a small shop at the back of a Mexican restaurant in Mancos, Perry Lewis, 76, ran a ruler over a large piece of leather. The leather was heavy, thick and rigid, but when Lewis is finished, the...

DATE: May 9, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Cripple Creek operators probe for gold

CRIPPLE CREEK (AP) – For the first time in more than two decades, the Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mining Co. is looking for gold underground, a tentative departure from its open-pit mining...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Time takes toll on Mesa Verde’s Cliff Palace

Nearly 32 million people have visited Mesa Verde National Park since it was created by presidential proclamation in 1908. And for more than 100 years nearly every one of those visitors has flocked...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Telluride’s outlaw spirit lives in pictures

In 1977, Ingrid Lundahl began photographing the rebel spirit of Telluride, for fun and as a professional. Thirty-eight years later, she shares some classic moments in her recently released book,...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Infrared eye tracks hikers ascending Fourteeners

FRISCO (AP) – This summer if you hike Quandary Peak south of Breckenridge or Grays and Torreys, the two Fourteeners just east of Summit County, an unblinking eye will be watching you. Infrared...

DATE: April 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Stones in the balance

BOULDER (AP) – Michael Grab tells two versions of the story of his first encounter with balancing stones, back in the summer of 2008. In the first, he and a friend were “just kind of bored,” went...

DATE: March 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At Canyons of Ancients, Wetherill legacy lives

The legacy of the Wetherill family, an adventurous clan who put the ruins of Mesa Verde on the map in 1888, lives on in Montezuma County. Marietta Wetherill Eaton is the manager of Canyons of the...

DATE: March 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Post ‘Breaking Bad,’ N.M. fertile ground for TV, film

ALBUQUERQUE – When the last “Breaking Bad” episode aired almost two years ago, New Mexico officials feared film and television production might end in the state after the series brought welcome...

DATE: March 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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