Author Archives: Sonja Horoshko

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

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