At The Durango Herald, we tell the stories of our community each and every day. On Durango Diaries, we share the stories of your neighbors, coworkers and family. Each week we focus on a different topic and invite local storytellers to share their experiences.
Season 5, Eps. 4: Living Off the Grid
Ever thought about downsizing? Durangoans share their stories of living in a tepee, yurt and tiny home.
Season 5, Eps. 2: Sex ed
Three experts in sex-positive education share stories of how they are working to change the culture of how we think about sex.
Season 5, Eps. 1: Comedians
Three local comics share stories about how they got into the business and what it's like to be funny.
Season 4, Eps. 6: Forever Young
As our population ages, no one seems to be slowing down. We hear from three retirees who are still pursuing active lifestyles.
John Montle, 87, retired more than 20 years ago. At that time, he moved to Durango, stopped being a workaholic and quickly became what he calls a hike-a-holic. Montle stays active either spending time with his four kids, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren or playing golf, volunteering in the community, hiking, and as soon as the snow hits, you’ll be able to find him on the slopes skiing.
Growing up, the women in Diane Legner’s life were not allowed to “glow” (perspire.) She fled to Colorado, where “glowing” is encouraged, and worked as a physical therapist. She began teaching Pilates in 1994, a practice she continues to teach at age 80.
As a teen, Major Lefebvre was one of the top skiers in the country, earning a spot as an alternate for the Olympic ski team. In 1969, he began skiing at Purgatory Resort, a ski area he helped build. Now retired, he skis about 110 days on the mountain each year.
Season 4, Eps. 5: Photography
Three photographers share the stories behind their favorite photographs and how they work to create the perfect frame. Storytellers include news photographer Jerry McBride, nature photographer Frank Comisar and portrait and wedding photographer Allison Ragsdale.
Season 4, Eps. 4
Local advocates share stories of how small movements can grow.
Storytellers include Bears Ears advocate Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Great Old Broads for the Wilderness Executive Director Shelley Silbert, City of Durango Sustainability Coordinator Imogen Ainsworth and Durango Cannabis Company co-founder and champion of environmental business practices Nic Borst.