Category Archives: 2003

Gay couples shouldn’t have to just ‘shack up’

Print this articleMy oldest sister Shirley, who was like a second mother to me, had a loving, committed relationship with another woman from the time they were high-school classmates until breast cancer killed her way too soon. From the time … Continue reading

Published in David Long, December 2003

Ute council rejects Knight-Frank’s bid to regain helm

Print this articleJudy Knight-Frank, the embattled leader of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe who has been on administrative leave pending allegations of fiscal wrongdoing, attempted to regain her chairman’s seat at a raucous tribal council meeting in November. But following … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

Procedures violated in Oct. 10 tribal election, official says

Print this article Three candidates for the Ute Mountain tribal council election were put on the Oct. 10 ballot despite failing to obtain enough signatures to do so, reports the tribe’s top election official. One of those candidates, incumbent Ernest … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

Mancos down to one marshal after upheaval

Print this articleMancos is seeking two new law-enforcement officers following weeks of turmoil that began with allegations of brutality and harassment against a deputy marshal and culminated in his dismissal as well as the resignation of Marshal David Palacios. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

Jersey gal making sweet music in Mancos

Print this articleTwo hours with local jazz singer Joyce Simpson is enough time to make anyone fall in love with her. She’s beautiful, she’s funny, she’s warm, and her voice makes you hope she’ll burst into song right there in … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2003

Female county commissioners scarce as hen’s teeth

Print this articleSince 1889, when it was split off from La Plata County, Montezuma County has been governed by 63 commissioners, many of them serving two or three terms. But only one of the 63 was a woman. Helen McClellan … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

Buyout proposal intensifies grazing debate

Print this articleHooved locusts, author Edward Abbey called them, and many environmentalists agree. Cattle on public lands, they say, are voracious pests that denude landscapes, destroy riparian areas, and crowd out wildlife. Those arguments are nothing new. The debate about … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

Jersey girl making sweet music in Mancos

Print this articleTwo hours with local jazz singer Joyce Simpson is enough time to make anyone fall in love with her. She’s beautiful, she’s funny, she’s warm, and her voice makes you hope she’ll burst into song right there in … Continue reading

Published in December 2003

The Money Pit, or the Year of the Landlord

Print this articleThis is dedicated to anyone paying rent to a cheap crazy person who likes to call him or herself your landlord, but whom you call an unmentionable name. For innumerable years, my husband and I have rented our … Continue reading

Published in December 2003, janelle holden

Rush to judgment

Print this article“It is my heartfelt belief that, no matter what your status in life, you can learn what’s possible for you in this country by studying me. And if you attain even a fraction of my level of excellence, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, November 2003

Mean streets: Crossing Cortez’s byways proves to be no walk in the park

Print this articleCortez City Councilman Jim Herrick was driving through Cortez around 3:30 on the afternoon of Oct. 1 when he spotted something strange. “I was stopped at a stoplight and I caught sight of this object flying through the … Continue reading

Published in November 2003

Dodging bullets: Cyclists seek lease on state lands

Print this articleMountain-biking or trail-running a few hundred yards from a firing range can be unnerving at first. But enthusiasts hitting the trails at “Phil’s World,” a winding network of smooth single-track east of Cortez, have gotten used to rapid … Continue reading

Published in November 2003

Deer in the headlights: Hunting, mating seasons combine to make November the worst month for animal accidents

Print this articleIt was like something right out of the movies. I was driving to work late at night on Highway 160 near Hesperus when my car’s headlights, which had been lowered for an oncoming semi, suddenly illuminated a gigantic … Continue reading

Published in November 2003

Charges of harassment fly in Mancos

Print this articleWhat first appeared to be a series of “hate crimes” in Mancos has proven to be a horse of quite a different color. It began with racist and anti-gay graffiti on the River Walk benches and allegations of … Continue reading

Published in November 2003

The hunt for cheap meat

Print this articleFor my money, there’s no denying that we Americans are as bloodthirsty a lot as you’ll find anywhere else on the globe, with the possible exceptions of Rwanda and Cambodia. We’ve got a murder rate that far outshines … Continue reading

Published in David Long, October 2003

Time to “rock on” at your local public library

Print this articlePam Smith wanted to title her new October art exhibit at the Cortez Public Library just plain “Rockers,” but she worried about attracting too many people who simply wanted to sit down. Then she considered “Soft Rock” because … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

News from Towaoc: A roundup

Print this articleCouncil election On Oct. 10, members of the Ute Mountain tribe will go to the polls in Towaoc and vote for candidates for two tribal council seats. Councilmen Ernest House and Rudy Hammond’s terms are up. Both incumbents … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

Home-schooling a concern as Mancos enrollment falls

Print this articleA generation ago, nearly everyone went to the local school without it being a “choice.” Nowadays, parents give it much more thought, and many are deciding to home-school their children. Since state funding for education is directly tied … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

Dolores school district seeks OK for $3.5 million bond

Print this articleWith an average increase of 30 students each year since 1993, the Dolores School District Re-4A has proposed a bond issue for the November ballot in hopes of raising the funds to expand the facilities at the Central … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

Detox never sleeps: A look at the world of the Durango Detox

Print this articleEditor’s note: The incidents described in this story are true, but identifying features have been changed to protect clients’ privacy. Although its heavy wooden door is always locked, the Durango detox never closes. Any time, any day, including … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

Archaeologists unearthing treasures at A-LP site

Print this articleNearly everything involving Animas-La Plata is controversial. Even though the now-$500 million project to construct an off-stream reservoir for water siphoned from the Animas River is under construction after decades of debate, its supporters and foes still argue … Continue reading

Published in October 2003

Paranoia: Into your life it will creep

Print this articleYesterday morning, my upstairs neighbor confessed that he’d stolen a magazine out of our public library. “I don’t like to read it in the lobby,” he said, “so I just take it out on Saturday evening and return … Continue reading

Published in janelle holden, October 2003

Pledging ‘something’ to the flag

Print this article“I pledge something to the flag of the United States of America, and to the something for which it stands,” is how I remember reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the one-room schoolhouse I attended many years ago. … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2003

Monumental fund-raising push pays off

Print this articleTwo imaginary lines form a cross in the hilly, scrubby desert of the Southwest. The land is covered with sagebrush, cacti and tumbleweed, and populated mainly by lizards, rattlesnakes, coyotes and scorpions, yet tourists by the hundreds of … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

High home prices, low wages collide in Mancos

Print this article Thinking of settling down in Mancos and buying your first home? Good luck. It’s not easy and it’s not cheap. Ask a realtor, town employee or resident about “affordable housing” in Mancos and the response is a … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

Gravel-pit foes win big battle

Print this articleCiting procedural errors and a lack of due process, a Colorado court has ruled that public hearings that led to the approval of a controversial gravel mine in the Dolores River Valley were invalid. Denver District Judge William … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

Canyons of the Ancients: The future of a fragile land

Print this articleOnce upon a time, the arid public land in western Montezuma County was largely the province of cattle, collared lizards, and carbon-dioxide producers. Archaeologists, some long-time residents and a few pot-hunters knew of the area’s many Ancestral Puebloan … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

The carnival rolls into California

Print this articleWhen I worked in Washington, D.C., staffers called Capitol Hill “Hollywood for ugly people.” With C-Span, CNN, and all the Sunday talk shows trained on them, politicians certainly have the opportunity to attain celebrity status, especially if there … Continue reading

Published in janelle holden, September 2003