America the Beautiful: 234 years young and still rolling. Shes had her ups and downs, good times and bad, but like the well-oiled machine that she is, provides us all with the necessary means to keep on rockin in the free world. Durangoans kicked off their own Fourth of July celebration last weekend, complete with dancing, music, BBQs, parade and fireworks, all in perfect weather (word is it rained in Silverton.) Heres a look:

A youngster gets into the partying mood A young rider checks out her own shadow along the parade
route. Spectators line up along Main Avenue to get prime viewing of the
parade. Old-fashioned American pride and ingenuity fills the streets of


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