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    Photos: Fort Lewis hosts Western Colorado in basketball doubleheaderWomen win 75-66 on Saturday to snap four-game losing streak; men also victorious, 95-71Samantha Wattawa of Fort Lewis College drives against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1090950Sadie Misner of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1571950Kelsey Sorenson of Fort Lewis College fights for a loose ball with Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)9551250Avery Evans of Fort Lewis College moves the ball against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1197950Kate Gallery of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot over Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1134950Kelsey Sorenson of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot over Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)824650Samantha Wattawa of Fort Lewis College plays defense against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1465950Ember Cervantes of Fort Lewis College plays defense against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1129950Fort Lewis College women’s basketball coach Taylor Harris coaches his team while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1188950Fort Lewis College women's head coach Taylor Harris coaches his team while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)9471250Avery Evans of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot over Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)9341250Sekou Dembele of Fort Lewis College dunks the ball while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1295950Obi Agbim of Fort Lewis College puts up a three-point shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)10151250Amondo Miller Jr. of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1197950Malik Whitaker of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1098650Brayden Carter of Fort Lewis College drives to the basket while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1201950Amondo Miller Jr., left, and Brayden Carter of Fort Lewis College plays defense against Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)8671250Junior Garbrah of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at FLC. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1210950Samier Kinsler of Fort Lewis College puts up a three-point shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1089650Sekou Dembele of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot while playing Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)13399501250934Avery Evans of Fort Lewis College puts up a shot over Western Colorado University on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Women win 75-66 on Saturday to snap four-game losing streak; men also victorious, 95-71
    Photos: Making wishes happenDurango High School students raise money for Colorado Make-A-Wish30002039Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, gives DHS teacher Jack Kincade a mohawk haircut on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)Durango High School student Alyxx Ford, 17, donated the most money to throw a whipped cream pie into the face of DHS teacher Eric Skaggs on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap up a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and centered their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21043000Durango High School student Alyxx Ford, 17, donated the most money to throw a whipped cream pie into the face of DHS teacher Eric Skaggs on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap up a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and centered their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)16401500Durango High School student Alyxx Ford, 17, donated the most money to throw a whipped cream pie into the face of DHS teacher Eric Skaggs on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21023000Durango High School student Alyxx Ford, 17, donated the most money to throw a whipped cream pie into the face of DHS teacher Eric Skaggs on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21973000Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, shaves the beard off DHS teacher Isaiah Branch-Boyle on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21993000Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, shaves the beard off DHS teacher Isaiah Branch-Boyle on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21533000Durango High School teacher Isaiah Branch-Boyle feels his skin after having his beard shaved off on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)23723000Kayden, last names are not used, a Wish alumna from Grand Junction, speaks to Durango High School students on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Kayden had her wish of a blocking cattle chute and cattle blower to help with cattle showing that was granted last year. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21973000Students and teachers give a standing ovation for Kayden, last names are not used, a Wish alumna from Grand Junction after she spoke to Durango High School students on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Kayden had her wish of a blocking cattle chute and cattle blower to help with cattle showing that was granted last year. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19393000Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, gives DHS teacher Jack Kincade a mohawk haircut on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)14031500Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, gives DHS teacher Jack Kincade a mohawk haircut on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)13971500Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, gives DHS teacher Jack Kincade a mohawk haircut on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)20393000Durango High School teacher Jack Kincade shows his mohawk haircut on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that he got during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)17551500Kayden, names are not used, a Wish alumna from Grand Junction, shaves DHS teacher Sarah Sanchez’s head on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. Sanchez told the students that if they donated $200, she would shave her head. Students at the assembly ended up donating $1,000. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)39884459Kayden, names are not used, a Wish alumna from Grand Junction, shaves DHS teacher Sarah Sanchez’s head on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. Sanchez told the students that if they donated $200, she would shave her head. Students at the assembly ended up donating $1,000. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)13911500Durango High School student Creek Braumsteim, 17, touches up DHS teacher Sarah Sanchez’s head shave on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, during the school’s Wish Week assembly. Students gathered to wrap a week of Kids for Wish Kids fundraising for Make-A-Wish Colorado. Schools around the state feature a Wish kid and center their fundraising activities around that child and their wish. Top fundraisers had heads and beards shaved during the event. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)13861500
    Durango High School students raise money for Colorado Make-A-Wish
    Photos: Durango defeats Grand Junction 40-31 in boys basketballDemons snap four-game losing streak on SaturdayNoah Miles of Durango High School drives to the basket on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)16802010Kingston Kerlin of Durango High School puts up a shot on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19711500Marcus Cullum of Durango High School puts up a shot on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19421500Jebby Holt of Durango High School plays defense on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)17471500Jacob Neubert of Durango High School drives through the defense under the basket on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19351500Jacob Neubert of Durango High School dunks the ball on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald) (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)20771500Zach Unruh of Durango High School pushes off his defender while driving to the basket on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS.20011500Otto Aaland of Durango High School battles under the basket while defending on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19101500Noah Miles of Durango High School puts up a shot on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)22321500Durango High School plays defense on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)840201020101680Noah Miles of Durango High School drives to the basket on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Demons snap four-game losing streak on Saturday
    Photos: Durango crushes Grand Junction 49-18 in girls basketballTwo starters returned from injury for Demons on SaturdayMariah Maestas of Durango High School fights for a loose ball on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)15262010Mariah Maestas of Durango High School pushes the ball up the court on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)18951500jm@durangoherald.comDurango High School girls basketball coach Lauren Moran calls out instructions to her team on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)13322010Adde Neiman of Durango High School plays tough defense on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)19111500Jaelyn Alston of Durango High School fights for a rebound on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)21141500Mariah Maestas of Durango High School steals the ball on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)23431500Carter Neiman of Durango High School drives the ball on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)18901500Lilly Fitzpatrick of Durango High School pushes the ball up the court on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)14842010Ryne Neiman of Durango High School drives to the basket on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)22631500Jaelyn Alston of Durango High School puts up a shot on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)16232010Lilly Fitzpatrick of Durango High School knocks the ball loose while playing defense on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)1880150020101484Lilly Fitzpatrick of Durango High School pushes the ball up the court on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, while playing Grand Junction at DHS. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Two starters returned from injury for Demons on Saturday
    VIDEO: Durango fire department celebrates arrival of new engineThe $700,000 engine, which arrived Monday, is one of three purchased by the Durango Fire Protection District. The other two are expected to arrive in spring 2025.0VideoYouTube48036021151586The Durango Fire Protection District put a new engine into service Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. The $700,000 truck weighs 54,000 pounds, and holds 1,000 gallons of water and 35 gallons of foam. (Shane Benjamin/Durango Herald)
    The $700,000 engine, which arrived Monday, is one of three purchased by the Durango Fire Protection District. The other two are expected to arrive in spring 2025.
    Video: Snowdown chili cook-offSnowdown chili cook-off and bloody mary contest15VideoYouTube48036030002096Tracy McLachlan, left, Ian Stewart, center, and Paul Slye, of team Auto Works, stir up their pork green chili and green vegan chili on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, while competing in the Snowdown Chili Cook-off at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in the Exhibit Building. At noon the event was open to the public to sample all the teams chilis along with salsas and bloody Mary’s. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Snowdown chili cook-off and bloody mary contest
    Video: Snowdown Catch and chug Competitors demonstrated good hands and beer chugging skills during Snowdown Quaffing Tournament on Saturday0VideoYouTube48036030001978Teams battle it out during the Snowdown Quaffing Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024, at 11th Street Station. Two teams of four compete against each other sliding mugs of beer down the table and chugging the beer in rotation for one minute. Teams are scored on how they catch the mug with one hand. Highest score advances on. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Competitors demonstrated good hands and beer chugging skills during Snowdown Quaffing Tournament on Saturday
    Thrills and spills abound at Snowdown ‘Beer Puppeteer’ contestPeople gathered to test their dexterity and beer-guzzling abilities Friday at Carver Brewing Co.68884393Kurt Pattison clamps on his beer cup with his mouth during the Snowdown Beer Puppeteer event on Friday at Carver Brewing Co. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)A puppet show of drunken proportions unfolded in the beer garden at Carver Brewing Co. on Friday, where people gathered to test their dexterity and beer-guzzling abilities in a novel Beer Puppeteer contest.Teams of two competed three at a time. One member from each team wore a wooden and string harness and pulley system, with which they were tasked to meticulously place or “puppet” a plastic cup of beer into the prime position for their teammate to drink from the cup.“Excessive spills will disqualify people but I’m sure there’ll be a few of them,” Carver Brewing co-owner Colin Carver said on Friday before the event kicked off. “It should be really funny. I tried it yesterday. It’s pretty hard to do. There’s like a learning curve. It should be hopefully not too messy. We give people these little ponchos to wear.”Some competitors were more prepared than others.0VideoYouTube480360One team managed to down their beer in seconds. Other teams had spilled their beers in about as much time.Matt Brewer and Michael Hauswald said they advanced through the first round of the contest, but not without a minor casualty.Hauswald, who was steadily taking drinks as Brewer controlled the strings and tried his best to keep the cup steady, had the front of his shirt absolutely soaked when the cup spilled near the end of the round.1039620Matt Brewer, left, and Michael Houswald compete in their final moments of the first round of the Snowdown 2024 Beer Puppeteer contest at Carver Brewing Co. on Friday. (Christian Burney/Durango Herald)Hauswald said he had a raincoat on in addition to a large plastic bib provided to contestants, but the beer still made its way down the front of his shirt.“Now I’m all wet and sticky,” he said before heading off into the restaurant.Brewer said controlling the cup of beer with puppet strings was much harder than he first thought it would be.“It was super difficult. You assume you can just pour it straight (into) the mouth. But no, there’s more strategy,” he said. “There’s some biting technique that we’re missing out on. So that’s what we’re gonna work on for the next round.”During the rounds, people shouted at competitors to “bite the cup” in order to hold the drink in place and down the alcohol more easily.He said he heard great things about the Snowdown Follies and would attend that evening’s show.Brewer said this is his first year in town after moving to Durango from Denver and “it’s nice to see the community come out with the flowers on and get freaky.”He said anyone who missed the Freaky Deaky Super Sexy Car Wash earlier on Friday missed out.“It made me uncomfortable and I liked it,” he said. “That’s probably what I have to say about Snowdown. It makes me a little uncomfortable and I like it.”Brewer isn’t the only one who enjoyed the car wash, which was held at 11th Street Station on Friday.Siri Austill and Chandra Fowler said the car wash was the best event they attended.“Did you see Joe Dirt at the sexy car wash? I am a new person,” Austill said. “I have been changed as a person because of that experience. I’m gonna come back next year as Freddie Mercury and I’m going to make love to that truck.”1504734Chandra Fowler, left, downs a beer after her teammate, Siri Austill, uses a harness and pulley apparatus to “puppet” a cup of beer into position to be drank from. (Christian Burney/Durango Herald)She said they had a working strategy going into the Beer Puppeteer contest and they looked beautiful doing it.“We looked amazing,” Fowler said. “We were connected in our mind and our soul.”“We were connected to each other’s energies and we were winners in the end,” Austill added.cburney@durangoherald.com
    People gathered to test their dexterity and beer-guzzling abilities Friday at Carver Brewing Co.
    PHOTOS: Fort Lewis takes on Colorado School of Mines in basketball doubleheaderMen win 73-63 Friday night to remain No. 1 in RMAC standings; women lose 81-62Fort Lewis College guard Jhei-R Jones looks to get a stop against Colorado School of Mines guard Cade Mankle on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)14002100Colorado School of Mines coach Pryor Orser reacts to his team being called for an offensive foul against Fort Lewis College on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)24431800Colorado School of Mines coach Pryor Orser gives the referee an earful after his team was called for an offensive foul against Fort Lewis College on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)15532100Fort Lewis College guard Obi Agbim splits the defenders and drives in for a layup against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)14002100Fort Lewis College guard Tristan Hurdle knocks down a jumper against Colorado School of Mines forward Riley Schroeder on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)17611500Fort Lewis College guard Samier Kinsler drives in for a fast-break layup against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)18592100Fort Lewis College forward Kate Gallery attacks the basket against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)14002100Fort Lewis College forward Samantha Wattawa attacks the basket against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)12001800Fort Lewis College guard Ember Cervantes looks down the right side of the perimeter against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)14002100Fort Lewis College guard Avery Evans drives toward the basket against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)1400210021001859Fort Lewis College guard Samier Kinsler drives in for a fast-break layup against Colorado School of Mines on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Whalen Gymnasium. (Matt Hollinshead/Durango Herald)
    Men win 73-63 Friday night to remain No. 1 in RMAC standings; women lose 81-62
    Video: Snowdown lights up downtown DurangoSnowdown 2024 Light Parade wows the crowd Friday night0VideoYouTube48036030002179The Snowdown Light Parade makes its way up Main Avenue on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, in downtown Durango. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
    Snowdown 2024 Light Parade wows the crowd Friday night