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Ongoing Upcoming

Hermosa Creek Off-Road Classic set for Saturday
Public weighs past, present and future of Old Fort
The Elements Tour rolls back into Durango

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Thursday29

The Ignacio Farmers Market meets from 4-7 p.m. at Shoshone Park. The event includes local produce, crafts and live music. 563-9494 for details.

Kirk James plays solo blues on the patio at Rylee Mac’s from 5-8 p.m.

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Durango Motorless Transit hosts its weekly group trail run on the Hogsback Trails. Interested runners should meet at the Leyden St. trailhead at 6 p.m. 946-5557.

Lee Bartley performs classical art songs and light jazz on piano at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Cook and the Kat play classic covers and originals at 6 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. 247-1264 for details.

Chad MacCluskey and Gary Ruggera play contemporary jazz at the DoubleTree Hotel’s Animas River Café from 6-9 p.m.

The Four Corners Fencing Club meets from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 878 E. Second Ave. The club meets every Thursday. 759-1883 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Lacey Black, singer-songwriter, plays the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

Black Velvet, with Nina Sasaki, Larry Carver, Randy Crumbaugh & friends, play the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 7 p.m.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, screens the climbing/adventure film, “180° South - Conquerors of the Useless,” at 7 p.m.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts Salsa Night with salsa lessons and DJ Twelfth Night spinning from 8 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

DJ Treazon spins at the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.

Friday30

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers recycling for appliances and scrap metal from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and again on July 31 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations go to building affordable homes in La Plata County. 382-9931 for details.

The Southwest Colorado Peace and Justice Coalition holds a peace vigil from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the corner of Main Ave. and 11th St. Signs will be available or bring your own. 259-4185 for details.

A grand opening reception for the Hokanson . Dix Glass Studio and Gallery meets from 5-8 p.m. at 877 E. Third St., #2. 259-2443 for details.

Pete Giuliani, guitarist and songwriter, plays the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

Durango BMX hosts Trophy Racing with sign-ups from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and racing to follow, weather permitting. www.durangobmx.com for details.

Yogadurango, 1485 Florida Rd., offers “Spread Your Wings,” a community yoga class to benefit the American Birding Association Gulf Coast Fund, at 5:30 p.m. 946-8961 for details.

The Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, hosts an Open to All Jam Night from 5:30-9 p.m.

Black Velvet returns to the Derailed Saloon, 725 Main Ave., at 5:30 p.m.

The Mac Jazz Trio plays the patio at Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m. DJ Daryll   spins from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

The Kirk James Blues Band plays the Purple Haze Bar & Grill, 117 W. College, from 6-9 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Lacey Black plays an encore show at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700.

Mancos State Park offers a workshop on the basics of bird identification at 7:30 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Quartet plays an 8 p.m. show at The Pride of the West in Silverton.

Jonezy spins vinyl at Cosmo, 919 Main Ave., at 9 p.m. The DJ returns at the same time on Saturday night.

DJ Wreck spins dance beatz at Pongas, 121 W. 8th St., from 9 p.m.-close. 382-8554 for details.

The Getbacks play surf music at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 9 p.m. Call 884-9155 for details.

Ill Methods, Felix the Have Knot and others bring hip-hop to Blondie’s, located in Cortez, at 9 p.m.

DJ Posh Josh spins at the Golden Triangle, 150 E. College, from 9:30 p.m.- midnight. 382-8424 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., presents Buntron Smith and CB Derels at 9:30 p.m.

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The Durango Farmers Market returns to First4

National Bank of Durango, 259 W. 9th St., from 8 a.m.-noon and includes local foods, crafts and entertainment. www.durangofarmersmarket.org for details.

The San Juan Mountains Association offers an Alpine Medicinal & Edible Plant Walk with Calida Maischoss from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 759-9287 for details.

ARTiculation, 1051 E. Second Ave., hosts an all-day yard sale benefiting Earth First! Durango and Durango Food Not Bombs. Donated items are welcome.

The Animas Museum, 3065 W. Second Ave., offers a workshop on Old Time Candle Making from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of its Living History program series 259-2402 for details.

San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort offer a free guided nature walk from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue twice a week throughout the summer.

Ralph Dinosaur plays an afternoon show at the Billy Goat Saloon, located off Hwy. 160 in Gem Village, at 3 p.m. Call 884-9155 for details.

The 1st annual Birth Options Picnic meets at the Durango Recreation Center from 4-7 p.m. The free event is hosted by Four Corners midwives and will discuss natural birth options. 749-4092 for details.

Moe’s Starlight Lounge, 937 Main Ave., hosts the DBC BBQ with live music from 4:30-8 p.m.  DJ Ralphsta plays from 9 p.m.-close. 259-9018 for details.

Music in the Mountains continues at 5 p.m. under the festival tent at Durango Mountain Resort with Masterworks, a Festival Orchestra concert, featuring pieces by Schubert and Dvorak. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

Lopez-Smith-Jordan-Madeen-Camacho-Kachnowicz assemble at &, 1027 Main Ave., and Serving Life Chiropractic, 1940 Main Ave., from 5-9 p.m. for a one-night show. The two-venue exhibit includes live music and food.

Zachary Baker and Maeve Allsup perform bluegrass and Celtic music at the Mancos State Park amphitheater at 5:30 p.m. 533-7065 for details.

Katrina & Cook play pop, jazz and rock at Sweeney’s, north of town on County Rd. 203, from 6-9 p.m. 247-5236 for details.

Pete Giuliani, guitarist and songwriter, plays the Schank House, located at Vallecito Lake, from 6-10 p.m.

Tom McCluskey plays classical and jazz at the Jean Pierre Wine Bar, 605 Main Ave., from 6:30 p.m.-close. 247-7700 for details.

The Inspiration Café, a monthly open mic night hosted by Durango Youth Coalition & 4C, meets at ARTiculation, 1051 E. Second Ave., from 7 p.m.-midnight.

Big’ns brings acoustic Irish music to the Irish Embassy, 900 Main Ave., from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. www.theirishembassypub.com for details.

Sapient, DJ Nykon, Halfman Half, & Definition Rare bring hip-hop and indie to the Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, at 9 p.m.

Oatie Paste plays the Summit, 600 Main Ave., at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday1

Durango High School Football Rummage Sale meets from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. at the DHS parking lot. Treasures can be donated from 3-5 p.m. on July 31 or at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. 759-1778 for possible pick-up.

The Four Corners Center for Spiritual Living presents a live stream of Michael Bernard Beckwith, of the Agape International Spiritual Center, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., from 10-11:30 a.m. 247-2221 for details.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., offers a traditional Irish music jam from 12:30-4 p.m. 403-1200.

Trimble Hot Springs presents live music from 1-3 p.m. The Summer of Sundays Music Series runs all summer and is free with hot springs admission.

Durango Food Not Bombs (FNB) offers its weekly free vegan/vegetarian meal at 1 p.m. in Riverfront/Iris Park. www.foodnotbombs.net

The Diamond Belle Saloon, 699 Main Ave., hosts its Gospel Brunch with music from Waiting on Trial from 1-3 p.m. The Blue Moon Ramblers play their weekly gig beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Music in the Mountains draws to a close at 5 p.m. under the festival tent at Durango Mountain Resort with A Night at the Opera, a Festival Orchestra concert, featuring pieces by Rossini, Verdi, Prokofiev, Beethoven and others. www.musicinthemountains.com for details.

The Abbey Theatre, 128 E. College, hosts a Spearhead After Party with music from Dubskin. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Monday2

Chad MacCluskey plays solo jazz guitar at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at Mutu’s, 701 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

An open-level Latin/Salsa Dance Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

Singer-songwriter Terry Rickard plays Joel’s, 119 W. 8th St., from 8 p.m. midnight.

The 8th Ave. Tavern, 509 E. 8th Ave., offers its weekly Players and Singers Night from 9 p.m. to close. 259-8801 for details.

Tuesday3

The Four Corners Native Plant Society hosts a hike 4

for botrychium ferns on Molas Pass. 882-4647 to register.

San Juan Public Lands and Durango Mountain Resort offer a free guided nature walk from 10 a.m.-noon. The hikes continue twice a week throughout the summer.

Singer-songwriter Greg Ryder plays his weekly lakeside gig at the Pura Vida Café, located at Vallecito, at 5:30 p.m.

Ska Brewing Co., 225 Girard St., hosts Trivia Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. The event includes weekly and monthly prizes and individuals and teams are welcome. 247-5792 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Group, featuring vocalist Alison Dance, plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Ave., hosts a 6:30 p.m. book signing with Fred Wildfang, author of San Juan Skyway.  The book is the latest in the Images of America series and boasts more than 200 vintage photographs. 247-1438 for details.

Joel’s, 119 W 8th St., hosts Tuesday Trivia from 9-11 p.m. 385-0430 for details.

Wednesday4

The Lisa Blue Trio plays a sultry blend of favorites on the patio at Rylee Mac’s, 1485 Florida Rd., from 5-8 p.m.

The San Juan Public Lands Center offers a 5:30 p.m. workshop on surviving unexpected emergencies in the backcountry. 385-1256 for details.

The Jeff Solon Jazz Duo plays the patio at the Cyprus Café, 725 E. Second Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

Tom MacCluskey plays solo piano at the Mahogany Grille in the Strater Hotel, 699 Main Ave., from 6-9 p.m.

An open bluegrass jam meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Durango Brewing Co., 3000 Main Ave. The circle gathers every Wednesday. 247-1264 for details.

Serving Life Chiropractic Studio, 1040 Main Ave., offers a free Wellness Wednesday Talk on health, life and well-being from 6-7 p.m. 422-2032 to reserve a spot.

The Durango Chess Club gathers for its weekly meeting at Durango Joe’s, 732 E. College, at 6:30 p.m.

The Irish Embassy Pub, 900 Main Ave., presents a free improv show from Durango Dot Comedy from 7-9 p.m. 903-2075 for details.

The Appleseed Series continues at 7 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center with “Then and Now: The Re-evolution of Agriculture in La Plata County,” a talk by Darrin Parmenter, County Horticulturist. 382-6464 for details.

An open-level East Coast Swing Party takes place at 8 p.m. at the Durango Recreation Center. No partner necessary. 903-9402 for details.

The Summit, 600 Main Ave., hosts a free show from the Dirk Quinn Band at 9:30 p.m.

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Ongoing

Steaming Bean Coffee, 915 Main Ave., hosts “The Side Effects of Dreaming,” recent drawings by Sandra Butler, from Aug. 1-31. A coffee reception for the artist meets from 9-11 a.m. on Aug. 7. 385-7901 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., presents “On Location: The Art of Plein Air and Wood Sculptures” by Chad Haspels in the Barbara Conrad Gallery and “Sacred Spaces of the Heart, Explorations in mixed media” by Ann Dettmer in the Art Library. Both shows will be on display through Aug. 28. 259-2606 for details.

The Anasazi Heritage Center hosts the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners juried exhibition through Sept. 6. Also on display is “Horizons,” paintings by Stanton Englehart from the private collection of the Englehart Family Trust. 882-5600 for details.

Pat Senecal’s Animal Soul Portraits are on display at Steaming Bean Coffee, 915 Main Ave., and her “expressive landscapes” are showing at Durango Joe’s Camino del Rio location throughout the month of July. www.patsenecal.com

The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College presents “Treasures Unveiled: Extraordinary Items from the Vault of the Center of Southwest Studies.” The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies to show the public a seldom-seen sampling of its artifact and archival collections. Also on display is “Mountain Lion!” 247-7456 for details.

Melodrama returns to the Henry Strater Theatre, 699 Main Ave., with the “The Tavern” and a Vaudeville Revue showing Tuesday through Sunday at 7:45 p.m. and running through Aug. 21. www.henrystratertheatre.com or 375-7160 for details.

The Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., present the musical, “Always … Patsy Cline,” every weekend at 8 p.m. and “A Grand Night for Singing” on Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. 259-2606 for details.  

Business Network International offers Professional Business Builders on Thursdays at the Himalayan Kitchen, 992 Main Ave., at 7 a.m.; and a Referral Market Chapter meeting on Tuesdays at Prudential Triple S Realty, 700 Main Ave., at 11:30 a.m. 375-7794 for details. Business Connections also meets on Wednesdays at the Durango Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. 422-2032 for details.

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Upcoming

Bluegrass, BBQ and Beer, a summer celebration benefiting Durango Nature Studies, meets Aug. 5 at Rotary Park. The event includes music from Waiting on Trial, Sally Shuffield and Pat Dressen.

Kids Rock will offer a free Healthy Pregnancy Class on Aug. 5.

The Women’s Resource Center will host a Speed Networking for Busy Business Women event on Aug. 5.

Fridays at the Fort returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 6 with music from Wild Mountain and Cindy Woolf.

The Durango High School Cross Country Team and Three Springs will host a 5K Run and Walk and 1-mile kids fun run on Aug. 6. The event supports the local team. 259-7114 for details.

The 7th annual Durango Parks and Recreation Triathlon returns on Aug. 7. www.active.com to register.

Peter Rowan will play an Aug. 16 concert at the Liberty Theatre in Pagosa Springs. Fiver Brown and the Good Sinners open the show. www.south40films.com/concerts for details.

Asleep at the Wheel, the Grammy-awarding winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing, returns to the Community Concert Hall on Aug. 18.

The Durango Sustainability Roundtable, one of eight regional events throughout Colorado, will be held on Aug. 19 at the Durango Public Library. education@sustainablecolorado.org for details.

The Iron Horse Chef Cooking Competition returns to the Durango Farmers Market every Saturday from Aug. 28-Sept. 11.

The fifth annual Sacred Arts Festival, returning in September and October, is original poetry, works of art, craft or photography and original songs and compositions expressing the sacred. www.SacredArtsFestival.com for details.

Tour de Farm, an educational bike tour highlighting local agriculture, returns on Sept. 5.

CoffeeFest, a fund-raiser for the Durango Adult Education Center, returns to Main Ave. on Sept. 11.

 

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Hermosa Creek Off-Road Classic set for Saturday
What: The 4th annual mountain bike race  
Where: The Hermosa Creek Trail  
When: Sat., July 31, starting at 9 a.m.

Mountain bike racing returns to a legendary trail this Saturday. Fort Lewis College Cycling presents the 4th annual Hermosa Creek Off-Road Classic on July 31.

The race begins at the Lower Hermosa Trailhead and offers men’s, women’s and singlespeed divisions. Competitors have their choice of 38- or 20-mile courses. Race sponsors have kicked in great prizes for this year’s event, including cash purses for the top professionals and singlespeed racers. The icing on the cake will be the post-race BBQ/campout at the Upper Hermosa Trailhead. All proceeds go to the Fort Lewis College Cycling Team and Bicycle Lemonade.

The race costs just $35, and registration is available raceday from 7-8:30 a.m. at the Lower Hermosa parking lot. Racing starts at 9 a.m. For more information, visit http://cycling.fortlewis.edu. 

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Public weighs past, present and future of Old Fort
What: An open house and tour of the Old Fort Lewis College campus
Where: The Old Fort Lewis College campus, located in Hesperus
When: Thurs., July 29, 4-7 p.m.

The Old Fort opens to the public this week. An open house meets at the Old Fort Lewis campus in Hesperus on Thurs., July 29. Anyone interested in learning more about the past, present and future of the Old Fort Lewis land is invited to attend the 4-7 p.m. event.

The open house will include information from the Southwest Conservation Corps and the Old Fort Task Force, the college group tasked with creating a plan for the future of the Old Fort Lewis property. Input on what should go into the plan is welcome at this event. Tours of the property will also be conducted.

The task force is drafting a plan for Old Fort Lewis now that Colorado State University, the previous lease holder of the land, has withdrawn its programs from the property. The trustee of the land is actually the Colorado State Land Board with Fort Lewis College as the beneficiary.

The Old Fort Lewis property, a parcel of more than 6,279 acres, spent time in the hands of the federal government, first as a military fort and then as an Indian school in 1891. The Indian school ended in 1910, at which time the federal government deeded the land to the State of Colorado.

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The Elements Tour rolls back into Durango
What: A film/education tour spotlighting adventure and sustainability
Where: Four Corners Riversports and the Skyridge Trail
When: Thurs., July 29 and Fri., July 30.  

“Baby” is rolling back into Durango this week. The “Elements Tour,” featuring kayaker Seth Warren and his biodiesel truck Baby, is coming to town to spotlight alternative energy, sustainability, wilderness appreciation and outdoor adventure.

Warren and Baby arrived on Wednesday and have held demonstrations at the Durango Discovery Museum Science Camp, Durango Nature Studies and the Boys and Girls Club. On Thurs., July 29, the Elements Tour will take part in trail work with Trails 2000 volunteers from 4-7:30 p.m. on the Skyridge Trail. Warren will then present his newest movie, “Nature Propelled,” at a free outdoor screening on Fri., July 30. The event meets at 7 p.m. at Four Corners RiverSports.

The “Elements Tour” is visiting 10 cities throughout the western U.S. to promote sustainability, wilderness conservation and adventure sports. For more information, visit www.elementstour.com.

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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.