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“I found a Johnny Cash flask with whiskey still in it, so it was a good day.”
– Local low-water diver talking about recent river booty findings on the Animas

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Gentlemen, start your whiskers. Not only is November the beginning of the Snowdown Beard-Growing Contest, but for those unable or unwilling to grow a full Grizzly Adams, November is also being renamed “Movember.” As in “moustache.”

And in addition to looking good with their new-grown accessory, moustache sporters can feel good on the inside, too. Movember is an effort to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. It is sponsored by the Prostate Cancer and Livestrong foundations.

Once registered at, clean-shaven “Mo Bros” groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. Funds go to cancer research and awareness.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and “Mo Sistas” (their female supporters) can celebrate their gallantry by either throwing  Movember parties, hitting the Shick or both.

For ideas on how to make the most of your Movember, visit the “Mo Community” at Happy mowing!

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Cy and the boys are headed south. Durango’s very own country crooners, the Bar D Wranglers, will be putting on their best Western wear to headline the Western Music Awards in Albuquerque on Sat., Nov. 19. The annual awards show kicks off at 7 p.m. at the “historic” KiMo Theatre. This year’s show will celebrate the 100th birthday of Roy Rogers.

At last year’s awards, Wrangler frontman Cy Scarborough took home the Pioneer Trail Award and lead singer/guitarist Richard Lee Cody won the Crescendo Award.

Other events for the weekend include a Western swing dance, yodeling and harmony contests, and a post-awards day Cowboy Church.

For more info, giddy on up to