Man-made snow allowing Durango Mountain Resort to aim for a Thanksgiving opening this year rather than a Christmas opening

A full slate of entertainment options making for a less-than-sleepy off-season for locals

Democrats taking governor’s seats in Virginia and New Jersey and beginning to restore the balance of power

The return of big city crime with last Sunday’s high-speed chase over three mountain passes north of Durango

Local restaurants flipping the closed sign 30 minutes early during off-season

  Continued high prices at the gas pump and mysterious record profits for big oil during the past year