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Vibrant Voices Vibrant Voices

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Kiiyahno Edgewater

Vibrant Voices

The past, present and future of representing diversity on campus.
The Hidden Cost The Hidden Cost

Friday, May 24, 2024 | Story by: Matthew Claeson and Zara Tucker

The Hidden Cost

Investigating Meal Swipes and the New Food Provider at Fort Lewis College

The Coming Storm
The Coming Storm

Friday, May 24, 2024
Scout Edmondson

The Coming Storm

Lessons learned from the ‘22/‘23 winter and what could come with the looming El Niño.
Crying Wolf
Crying Wolf

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Scout Edmondson

Crying Wolf

Colorado's wolf reintroduction has become so emotional, so political, that it's no longer even about the wolves. 

Bones from the Bisti Badlands
Bones from the Bisti Badlands

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Anja Tabor

Bones from the Bisti Badlands

What it takes to get a dinosaur to Fort Lewis College


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La Plata County sees increase in fentanyl cases

By Julian Zastrocky Indy Staff Writer

Last week, the La Plata County coroner released an autopsy report that confirmed that a student at Animas High School had died of a fentanyl overdose, bringing concern to the community about the drug’s prevalence in La Plata County. 

Last week, the La Plata County coroner released an autopsy report that confirmed that a student at Animas High School had died of a fentanyl overdose, bringing concern to the community about the drug’s prevalence in La Plata County.  In recent years, La Plata County has seen a significant increase in the amount of fentanyl-related cases, Casey Malone, a commander at the Durango Police Department, said.  Fentanyl is a controlled substance designed to sedate or relax...

All hail the queens

By Tiara Yazzie and Alx Lee Indy Staff Writers

PHOTO ESSAY: Durango’s popular drag scene arrives on campus

Kassandra Carrasco, Assistant Director of El Centro and The G, felt like there was a lack of LGBTQ representation on campus, she said.   After attending Drag Trivia at the Starlight Lounge in downtown Durango,Carrasco took interest in the connection of Puerto Rican descendancy and drag queen identity of the host, Aria PettyOne. Carrasco noticed the intersectionalities of identities and wanted to bring that to campus. Click through the photo essay below to learn more about...

Can you dig it?

By Mia McCormick Indy Staff Writer

Historical or hideous: Buried cars on campus once served as erosion control. But now, some say they’re little more than trash.

Imagine walking down a trail or beside a riverbank and coming upon an old rusty car sticking out of the ground. Deep in the forest behind the Bader Snyder dorms at FLC, there lie two buried cars with caved-in roofs and hollow windows protruding from the earth.The rusty cars look decades old. They are mildly dilapidated and covered with graffiti. The interior, except for the steering wheel, is ripped out and full of dirt, rocks, and accumulated trash.These remains sit in an area called,“The...

16 Shades of Green

By Garrett Middleton Indy Staff Writer

Through a largely student-run group, The Environmental Center, sixteen project leaders aim to keep the college environmentally conscious through a variety of efforts.

How does Fort Lewis involve students in campus sustainability? Through a largely student-run group, The Environmental Center, sixteen project leaders aim to keep the college environmentally conscious through a variety of efforts. The FLC Environmental Center is a Student Sponsored Organization in which students are given the chance to run campus sustainability projects with the assistance of staff members, Sadie Magnifico, co-coordinator of the EC, said. The projects are one of three...

FLC places second at Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals

By Mia McCormick Indy Staff Writer

The Fort Lewis College mountain bike team had the home field advantage at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, or so they thought, until all of sudden, Durango got hit with a snowstorm.

The Fort Lewis College mountain bike team had the home field advantage at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, or so they thought, until all of sudden, Durango got hit with a snowstorm.  The major race was at the local Durango ski slope, Purgatory Ski Resort, on October 14-17, two days after the mountain received an estimated 6-inch layer of snow.  The snow didn’t dampen the FLC riders’ spirits though, instead, the team and other local volunteers worked...

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