Durango named Telecommuting
More and more lone eagles could be
setting their sights on local nests. Forbes magazine recently named Durango one of
the top 10 "Telecommuting Heavens" in the country.
The magazine released a
"Best Places" feature in its Aug. 20 issue. Top destinations were
chosen in six categories: Porch-Swing Communities (best
family-friendly cities); Happy Hootersvilles (best small towns); IQ
Campuses (emerging centers of biotech and infotech); Steroid Cities
(fast-growing, business-friendly metro areas); Bohemian Bargains
(lively inner cities); and Telecommuting Heavens (where to work in
Rick Karlgaard authored
the piece and of Durango he wrote, "Desk jockeys, ditch your
computer and hike the rigorous San Juan Mountain trails. Natural
hot springs await your tired feet. In the winter, slice through the
slopes at one of the many nearby ski resorts. Or don't leave
Durango at all. The downtown area has almost as many restaurants
per capita as San Francisco, the restaurant capital of the western
Bobby Lieb, executive
director of both the La Plata Economic Development Action
Partnership and Durango Chamber of Commerce, said that Durango was
a logical selection. He noted that the local quality of life makes
relocating attractive to professionals doing business on the
internet. "We can't offer a large labor pool or any kind of large
land deals, but we can attract telecommuters who are looking for
that great quality of life," Lieb said. "It's a natural fit. And,
by the same token, we're attracting a large number of virtual
internet companies. As long as the source of these folks' income
comes from outside the area, that's wealth creation. That's
Other towns and cities
named as "Telecommuting Heavens" included: Albuquerque, Bend, Ore.,
Branson, Mo., Burlington, Vt., Hilton Head, S.C., Hot Springs,
Ark., Moab, Utah, Sandpoint, Idaho, and Sedona, Ariz.
Local athlete takes home
Durango athlete Elaine Youngs stood on
the Olympic podium last Tuesday after hitting the decisive shot to
take home the bronze medal, according to the Associated Press.
Along with her teammate Holly McPeak, Youngs beat out Natalie Cook
and Nicole Sanderson, of Australia, to take the medal in beach
Later in the day,
America took home the gold in beach volleyball when Kerri Walsh and
Misty May, the top-ranked American beach volleyball pair, defeated
Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar of Brazil.
The bronze medal was a
sweet victory for Youngs, who finished in seventh place in the 1996
Atlanta Olympics. However, Youngs paired with McPeak the following
year and started training with a podium slot in Athens in
"When we became
partners, it was perfect timing for both of us," Youngs told the
AP. "We're a really good match. Right now, I can't imagine playing
with anybody else."
Green Power Initiative on
Colorado will be the first state in
the nation to vote on requiring major utilities to obtain a portion
of their energy from renewable sources. Efforts of the group
Coloradans for Clean Energy paid off last week when Colorado
Secretary of State Donetta Davidson certified that the group had
gathered well over the 67,829 signatures required to get the
measure on ballots throughout the state.
If the initiative passes
this November, utility suppliers who serve 40,000 customers or more
would be required to provide at least 10 percent of power from
renewable sources. These sources include solar, wind, geothermal,
biomass-based power and small hydroelectric plants. The companies
would have until 2015 to come into compliance. Currently, only
about 2 percent of Colorado's power comes from renewable
The Green Power
Initiative was the result of three unsuccessful attempts to move a
renewable energy bill through the State Legislature. Coloradans for
Clean Energy was spearheaded by state Rep. Lola Spradley and Sen.
Mark Udall, D-Colo.
"I am strongly
supporting this initiative as it is a reasonable approach to
enhancing our energy security and choices," Udall said. "There are
some who say that Colorado and the United States will never be able
to break its reliance on traditional energy sources like oil and
coal. I disagree."
On its way to the
ballot, the initiative faced major opposition from Colorado's
largest utility company, Xcel Energy.
FLC opens year with revived
After a 10-year hiatus, Fort Lewis
College has revived the tradition of Fall Convocation. This
Thursday, Aug. 26, will be academic ceremony that welcomes new
students to campus for the 2004-05 academic year.
marks the end of a student's college career, Fall Convocation
allows us to mark the beginning of their college careers," said
Dean of General and Exploratory Studies Carol Smith.
The event will feature remarks by new Fort Lewis College
President Brad Bartel, Student Body President Julie Levy and
Faculty Senate President Tina Evans. There will also be an American
Indian flute interlude by Aldean Ketchum and processional and
recessional music provided by the Four Corners Brass Quartet.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen Roderick
will serve as master of ceremonies.
Counterfeiter tries to
Things got heated for Durango Police
last Saturday. Daniel Cathey, a 31-year-old resident of Hesperus,
had been arrested after trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at
the Diamond Shamrock gas station on North Main. After making
several bad choices, Cathey now faces more than a counterfeiting
Cathey was at the
Durango Police Department and en route to the La Plata County jail
when he escaped from custody. Inside the department, he struggled
with officers and managed to grab an officer's gun and take him
hostage. Cathey held the gun to the officer's head and kept him
hostage until he reached the exterior door of the building. The
officer was released as soon as Cathey exited the
Cathey then ran across
10th Street with officers in pursuit and fired the weapon at them.
Cutting through a yard, he exited onto E. Third Avenue and
eventually entered a home at the 1100 block of E. Third. At that
point, officers surrounded the home. When Cathey exited, he
realized he was trapped and put the gun to his own head and a
standoff ensued. Eventually, officers ended the standoff by
shooting Cathey with at least one bean bag round. After being
treated at Mercy Medical Center, Cathey was transported to La Plata
County jail and charged with 1st degree kidnapping, holding
hostages, assault in the first degree, disarming a police officer
and other charges were pending.
compiled by Will