Ear to the ground

“I think it might be a little too long. I keep tripping over it when I get up to go to the fridge.”

– A single woman discussing the pros and cons of her new Snuggie

Boxed out

Having a little trouble finding your Thursday Telegraph? Welcome to the new normal – the age of the City of Durango’s Newsrack Ordinance.

The City’s new law went into effect July 1 and governs the location and appearance of downtown newspaper racks. For the Durango Telegraph, it means fewer racks in more obscure locations (It could be noted that the Durango Telegraph did not receive its application packet until five days before the code went into effect. But who’s whining? We’re used to it).

The weekly rag you love/love-to-hate now has ownership over the 36th, 37th, 38th and 39th most desirable newsrack locations in downtown Durango. For those of you looking for a read with your morning coffee or afternoon martini, it will mean a few extra steps to get to an “approved” location. Effective this week, the Telegraph can be found in the vicinity of Gardenswartz Outdoors, the Himalayan, El Rancho and Animas Trading.

And please keep your stickers/ graffiti/flyers to yourself. They could result in the impoundment of one of our four precious distribution portals.

Disaster series

Durango will get another dose of reality beginning July 21. A Durango native is going on screen in “The Colony,” a new Discovery Channel reality series. The show will isolate 10 participants for two months and require them to create a sustainable society inside an abandoned warehouse.

The network is billing the show as “groundbreaking experiment” in handling global catastrophe. The 10 “survivors” will move into a 50,000-square-foot abandoned warehouse on a 3.5 acre plot in downtown Los Angeles. Amy West, a 34-year-old Durango native and currently a marine specialist in San Louis Obispo, Calif., will be among them.

Once there, West and the other colonials will spend the next two months trying to create a livable society inside the warehouse, which has no electricity, running water or communication with the outside world. Elements from both real-life disasters and models of what the future could look like after a global catastrophe were incorporated into the warehouse design. To make things even more interesting, the Colony will be regularly challenged by “a hostile gang of looters and thugs,” bringing a little “Mad Max” drama to the sustainable community.

West should bring a few things to the table at “The Colony.” The Durangoan is certified in CPR, diving and advanced rescue, has done stints in Antarctica and the Arctic Circle and staved off thugs during a research internship in Alaska.

“The Colony” is currently set to debut on Discovery at 8 p.m. on Tues., July 21.




In this week's issue...

January 25, 2024
Bagging it

State plastic bag ban is in full effect, but enforcement varies

January 26, 2024
Paper chase

The Sneer is back – and no we’re not talking about Billy Idol’s comeback tour.

January 11, 2024
High and dry

New state climate report projects continued warming, declining streamflows