Author Archives: Sonja Horoshko

Repeat performance: Ute youth group scores with second film, produced as part of project to address recidivism

Print this articleThe Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is addressing the problem of chronic substance abuse and criminal behavior with a wide range of measures designed to encourage individuals to make healthier lifestyle choices. The Recidivism Reduction Initiative, a program offered … Continue reading

Published in March 2017

The coal conundrum: The Navajo Nation weighs the cost of saving power-plant, mining jobs

Print this articleOwners of the Navajo Generating Station announced in February that they intend to shutter the coal-fired energy plant in Page, Ariz., by December 2019, when their lease agreement with the Navajo Nation expires. The decision is purely economic, … Continue reading

Published in April 2017

Toxic transportation?: Proposed routes for hauling uranium from mines near the Grand Canyon are sparking tribal opposition

Print this articleNative American tribes in the Four Corners region are gearing up for a battle over plans to haul uranium across their lands to the White Mesa Mill near Blanding, Utah. White Mesa is the only fully-licensed, conventional uranium … Continue reading

Published in January 2017 Tagged ,

Shiprock stands with Standing Rock: The Navajo Nation is asked to sever ties with banks that are supporting the pipeline project

Print this articleThe Navajo Nation Shiprock Chapter is supporting protesters battling a pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D., and has passed a resolution asking the Navajo Nation to sever relations with Wells Fargo Bank, which is financing the energy project. The … Continue reading

Published in December 2016 Tagged , ,

The play’s the thing: Tennyson, Welty revive community theater at the Sunflower

Print this articleIn this age of flat-screen devices and digital storytelling, rich, stimulating, live theater performances may no longer take center stage in our entertainment options. But two local actors see this circumstance as a timely opportunity and are working … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2016 Tagged

Cabins for rent: Management of two historic guard stations in the San Juan forest is set to go to a concessionaire

Print this articleFor 16 years the U.S. Forest Service operated an artist-in-residence program at the Aspen Guard Station in the San Juan National Forest, providing 118 artists with an opportunity to stay in the rustic cabin, then interpret their experience … Continue reading

Published in November 2016

Sparks fly over differing Bears Ears proposals

Print this articleLong-awaited legislation to define management of 18 million acres of federal land in Utah got a hearing before a House committee in September, but it appears unlikely to become law before President Obama leaves office. The Utah Public … Continue reading

Published in November 2016 Tagged

Uplift conference draws diverse crowd

Print this articleA group of concerned millennial citizens gathered in August to recognize the diversity they believe is missing in climate- change conversation. The second annual 2016 Uplift Climate Conference was held at Chris Park in the San Juan Forest, … Continue reading

Published in October 2016

A dream come true: A new center for the arts is opening in Cortez

Print this articleA new arts center is opening in Cortez after an intense, 18-month renovation process to transform a 1950s gas station into a practical yet inspiring studio space. The building design and space planning had to function on multiple … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, October 2016

A stitch in time: Quilting soars to creative heights, earning recognition

Print this articleForty years ago, Cortez resident Tammy Wilson, a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, was given a quilt made by her auntie. The traditional piecework design radiates out from the center in a mix of brightly colored, … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, September 2016