Gail Binkly / KSJD

The much-denounced, recently-vandalized sculpture at the intersection of U.S. highways 550 and 160 in Durango is to be removed sometime after Labor Day, when traffic eases up.

The Mancos Creative District

Aug 22, 2016

The town of Mancos was recently designated as one of six newly certified creative districts in Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talked with Joy Horvath Imel, the administrator of the Mancos Creative District, about how the project hopes to create a vibrant and sustainable economic hub that will benefit the artists, businesses, and citizens of the Mancos Valley.

New Mural Appears in Downtown Cortez

Aug 11, 2016
Austin Cope / KSJD

On Sunday, the side of the wall on the Sears building on Market Street in downtown Cortez was blank. On Monday, it was blue and tan, and on Tuesday, the blue was starting to match the color of the sky. Clouds drifted in on Wednesday, and a landscape appeared on Thursday. This is the process of a new mural coming to life in downtown Cortez.

Gail Binkly / KSJD

Durango’s Public Art Commission has decided to take down the “Arc of History” sculpture at the intersection of highways 550 and 160. The piece, made of graduated pieces of stone, was installed in July of 2014 and vandalized a year later. An appraiser found it to be a total loss. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to remove the much-criticized sculpture, saying it could not reach agreement with the artist on a price to restore the work.


Joy Horvath Imel has been named administrator for the new Mancos Creative District. The district recently was awarded one of six new designations as certified creative districts in Colorado. According to a release, Imel’s duties will include implementing projects that celebrate the arts, culture, and history of the Mancos Valley.