Author Archives: Sonja Horoshko

Indigenous Peoples Day is declared in Farmington, N.M.; Salt Lake to vote Oct. 3

Print this articleIn 1992, Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to replace Columbus Day, a national holiday held on the second Monday in October, by declaring Indigenous Peoples Day in its place. The city was the first to officially … Continue reading

Published in October 2017 Tagged

An oasis on Cortez’s Main Street: The saga of how a tiny park came to be, thanks to the Lions Club

Print this articleCortez is in the design development stage of a Main Street beautification project the city hopes will slow traffic, enhance the identity of the city and grace the lives of residents and businesses in the five-block downtown corridor … Continue reading

Published in September 2017

Fine lines: For the 2nd time, a federal judge rejects voting districts in San Juan County, Utah, as racially based

Print this articleOnce again, San Juan County, Utah, has been told to redraw its voting districts. On July 14, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby sent the county‚Äôs latest redistricting efforts back to the drawing board, dashing hopes that a … Continue reading

Published in August 2017 Tagged

Filling in the gaps: A new book fleshes out the Bears Ears story with native testimony

Print this articleHave you wondered if the people quoted in published news have more to say than the broadcast time or news space allows? If so, and you have been following the stories of Bears Ears National Monument, you are … Continue reading

Published in July 2017 Tagged

Coal-fired furor: A power plant wins a lease extension amid a haze of controversy

Print this articleAfter eight hours of debate, Navajo lawmakers approved a replacement lease permitting the controversial Navajo Generating Station near Page, Ariz., to continue operating until December 2019. In February, the Salt River Project, which operates the coal-fired power plant, … Continue reading

Published in July 2017 Tagged ,

San Juan County School District raises eyebrows with vote opposing Bears Ears

Print this articleIn a move that has sparked controversy, the board for the San Juan County School District in Southeast Utah passed a resolution in May opposing the new Bears Ears National Monument and urging President Trump to rescind the … Continue reading

Published in June 2017

Assessment effort seeks to improve public health at the local level

Print this articleCommunities across Colorado have been engaged in assessing the health of local populations since the Colorado Public Health Act took effect in 2008. It called for major reforms to government public-health systems to ensure that every person, regardless … Continue reading

Published in May 2017

Boxes full of nature’s bounty: The Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op launches a CSA program

Print this articleFor 16 weeks this summer 100 Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op Community Supported Agriculture shareholders in Cortez and Mancos will get fresh, local produce grown, harvested and delivered in a box loaded with mouthfuls of nutrition. The CSA offering … Continue reading

Published in May 2017

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 Tagged