Ridership on the Durango T jumping by an astonishing 33 percent during the first three months of 2008

Movement toward a compromise solution on plans for a West Hermosa Wilderness and closure of a portion of the Colorado Trail to mountain bikes

The economy providing an overdue slow-down to Durango’s sky-rocketing housing market and a reality check for high-end developments

Emerging evidence of corruption and collusion in the Desert Rock Power Plant’s approval process

Chances that the U.S. troop drawdown in Iraq will actually lead to a troop buildup based on lack of progress and continued violence

Durango feeling another wave of big city crime, complete with bank robberies, police chases and random discharging of firearms in public places