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Horrors: Time for a new Snowdown theme

If you thought plastic grass skirts and fake Hawaiian leis were bad, next year's Snowdown promises to be absolutelymonstrous.Gruesome.Downright horrific.That's right. The theme for Durango's annual...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Quilter has award-winning eye

COLORADO SPRINGS - Sharon Schlotzhauer spends a lot of time hunched over a pool table - sometimes until 2 a.m.No, she isn't a Minnesota Fats protege practicing trick shots.The Colorado Springs...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Papa's 'truths' shake family, Cape to its core

Two weeks ago, I was inspired to write a column defending Mark McGwire, the five-years-too-late admitted steroiduser-cum-Cardinals hitting coach.I was inspired not by Big Mac - or Medium Mac, as...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

No problems for 19 balloons

As Ken Tadolini prepared to lift off in a Re/Max hot-air balloon, he gave orders to his ground crew in clipped phrases. “Weight off, hands off, step back," he said. The balloon lifted into the...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Spring enrollment sets record at local community college

Southwest Colorado Community College experienced record enrollment for its spring semester, which began Jan. 11.“Enrollment is up 21 percent from this time last year," said Lynn Urban, dean of the...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thrift store closes after 10½ years

The Volunteers of America Thrift Store went out of business Saturday, marking the end of a 10½-year run.The thrift store was unable to sustain itself financially, said Sarada Leavenworth, director...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

District 9-R advances toward ballot measure

Durango School District 9-R's move toward asking voters to increase property taxes appears to be gathering steam aheadof the November election.The seven-member school board has until July 23 to...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gas groups start filing for water rights

It may be brackish and thousands of feet underground, but in Colorado, every drop of water counts. That's why gas companies are filing applications for rights to water that comes out of their...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

New analysis examines state water needs

DENVER - The question that keeps water managers up at night - How much water is left in the Colorado River? - now hasan answer, courtesy of a state study that went public last week.Its answer: It...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax war intensifies in state House

DENVER - It took more than 24 hours of debate, but House Democrats pushed through parts of a tax package worth up to$141 million late Friday night. The bills repeal tax exemptions for everything...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roof collapses at former Boker Lumber

The roof of Boker Lumber collapsed Friday afternoon while its owner, Chuck Bodine, was atop it shoveling snow. Hewalked away unhurt. “I rode it down," said Bodine, 64. “It wasn't very long - it...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wet weather in local forecast

The National Weather Service is predicting wetter-than-average precipitation during the next three months in SouthwestColorado, thanks to El Niño.The Pacific weather pattern will bring moist and...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2010 | CATEGORY: Local News

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