Ear to the ground

“Guess what Dad?I just went poop, and so did mom!”

-A local 3-year-old making a full-volume announcement inside a crowded Durango restaurant

A-LP for public consumption

“Cowboys, Indians & Lawyers” is landing on the big screen. The documentary on Durango’s Animas-La Plata project will be broadcast on Rocky Mountain PBS as part of its prime time fall line-up.

Eight years in the making, “Cowboys, Indians & Lawyers” is an intimate portrait of the clash between old West and new, as both sides struggle over the fate of the free-flowing Animas River. Filmmaker Julia Dengel, an expatriate New Yorker, became obsessed with A-LP when she moved to Durango and found the headlines dominated by the huge project.

“Coming from New York City, I found in A-LP a counter-intuitive mix of everything Western: Indian tribes, a dry landscape, farmers, developers, politicians, river runners,” Dengel said. “But the lines were drawn in ways I wouldn’t expect. I wanted to find out who and what forces were behind this massively ambitious plan to funnel a natural river into economic ventures.”

Dengel said she hopes that the picture will give an insider view of the people and relationships behind the long-standing fight surrounding A-LP. Beyond that, she said that she believes the battle over power and water provides an intimate portrait of American politics and modern Anglo-Indian relations.

The film will show on Rocky Mountain PBS on Thurs., Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.

The art of coffee

The coffee bean has inspired much more than all-night pushes to get out weekly newspapers. The second annual Durango Coffee Festival is hoping to capture a little of this artistic zing for this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 9 on Main Avenue.

The event’s sponsor, the Durango Adult Education Center, is seeking artists to submit two-dimensional coffee-inspired art pieces. The submitted art will be juried by the Coffee Festival participants during the event, with first place taking home $100 and second place scoring a coffee gift basket.

Art pieces must be submitted by Aug. 15 to the Durango Adult Education Center at 301 E. 12th Street. Call 385-4354 Ext. 18 for details.    


In this week's issue...

May 2, 2019
In the flow

Rafting season is already under way on the Animas River, which has been flowing at near record levels and almost double the average rate for this time of year.

April 25, 2019
Laying down the law

Over the past couple decades, Jeff Robbins’ work as an  oil and gas lawyer – with a specific focus on serving local communities – allowed him to build relationships and gain the experience needed to carry out one of Colorado’s most sweeping reforms to oil and gas regulations, Senate Bill 181. 

April 18, 2019
A new kind of cold war

It’s a good thing Heidi Steltzer can’t tolerate the heat or the open ocean. “I thought I wanted to be a marine biologist, and I got seasick,” said Steltzer, a professor in the Biology Department and Environmental Science program at Fort Lewis College.