Category Archives: 2008

Waiting for that special moment

Print this articleA while back I met up with an old friend at a wedding in Michigan. We hadn’t seen each other in years, and decided to take some extra time and stroll through town to catch up on each … Continue reading

Published in December 2008, janelle holden

Vanishing symbol of the West: A new book shows the mustang’s plight

Print this article Carol Walker started photographing Wyoming’s wild horses five years ago after an encounter with a gray stallion on a cold April morning. But the veteran wildlife photographer had no idea where the adventure would take her. “Little … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, December 2008

Developer touts proposed village’s green features

Print this article  Related story ‘Tottenville’ heads to the planning commission Environmentally responsible, pedestrian- friendly, and economically sustainable. That was the picture developer Dean Matthews painted of his proposed 792- lot “Tottenville” subdivision at an informational meeting Nov. 12 before … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

‘Tottenville’ heads to the planning commission

Print this article  Related story Developer touts proposed village’s green features The biggest subdivision ever proposed in Montezuma County appears to be headed for a hearing before the planning commission despite a letter from the planning director stating that the … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

A struggle over wind power in the Navajo Nation

Print this article  The winds that swirl around Gray Mountain in northern Arizona have generated a cyclone of controversy, a power struggle over who will reap the benefits of their energy-producing potential: the Navajo Nation’s central government, or the tiny … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

Saving dogs and cats in Towaoc

Print this articleIt’s a frosty November morning in Towaoc, and a handful of people are hard at work. Dr. Susan Grabbe’s mobile veterinary clinic, housed in a van, is parked outside a small former office building that serves as the … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

Montezuma County takes the lead in scrutinizing oil and gas taxes

Print this article An independent audit of the oil and gas industry in Montezuma County has led to a significant property-tax windfall, and the trend is catching on in other Western Slope counties. As a result of increased property valuations … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

Commissioners face continual land-use questions

Print this articleSince the November election, when incumbent commissioners Gerald Koppenhafer and Larrie Rule were reelected easily, the county commission has taken pretty much the same stance on land-use decisions that it had before. The board has proven sympathetic to … Continue reading

Published in December 2008

Teaching the thrill of discovery

Print this articleMonticello to house new ‘Canyon Country’ center for outdoor education Who says a small town can’t do great big things? Anyone who believes that rural Western towns and the schools within those towns are limited by resources need … Continue reading

Published in November 2008

Conveying a sense of place

Print this articleThe featured artist at the upcoming Bluff Arts Festival, J.R. Lancaster, specializes in tactile paintings and mixedmedia pieces that capture the essence of the high desert. So why will his talk during the festival focus on a series … Continue reading

Published in November 2008

The people’s voice: Cortez library events tap into a ‘hunger for poetry’

Print this article  When artist and poet Ramson Lomatewama writes, he draws upon his Hopi background as well as his experience living in urban California for images. “I feel fortunate to have grown up in two worlds,” he says over … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, November 2008

Meet the new boss: Election results from around the region

Print this articleThe night of Nov. 4, the weather turned cold suddenly across much of the Four Corners area. Wags quipped that it was hell freezing over — because a black man had actually been elected president of the United … Continue reading

Published in Election, November 2008

Gravel pits: A contentious issue in Montezuma County

Print this articleGravel pits and asphalt plants may not be the most contentious issue facing Montezuma County, but they have to be high on the list. Increasingly unpopular with neighbors and people who move to the county for its scenic … Continue reading

Published in November 2008

Catching air: The first Dolores Cyclocross is a hit

Print this article Nearly 50 cyclists made the trek to ride in the first-ever Dolores Cyclocross Race, held in the town’s Joe Rowell Park on Oct. 18 and 19. Two Dolores-based cycling groups, the U.S. Women’s Cycling Development Program and … Continue reading

Published in November 2008

Budget blues: How local governments are coping with the faltering economy

Print this articleWith the national economy teetering on the edge of a deep recession, local governments throughout the Four Corners are feeling the jitters. As a result, budgets for 2009 are set to be lean and mean, even though increased … Continue reading

Published in November 2008

From fuel to food: As markets change, Dove Creek’s biodiesel plant shifts direction

Print this article In late summer, fields of golden sunflowers, heavy heads drooping, line the border of U.S. Highway 491 in Southwest Colorado, near the town of Dove Creek. Farmers in this part of Colorado grow the sunflowers for their … Continue reading

Published in October 2008

Non-profits, governments struggle to find board members

Print this article  She looked at her watch impatiently.How long had they been there? It seemed like days. The agenda had looked reasonably short, but after nearly two hours they were only on the second item. She had joined the non-profit’s boardbecause … Continue reading

Published in October 2008

Strands of history: An exhibition celebrates Ute basket-weaving

Print this article Lynn Brittner speaks softly into the phone from her office at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM) in Ignacio. Under her guidance as executive director, SUCCM preserves what is left of Ute culture, revives pieces … Continue reading

Published in October 2008

Young calls for planning, vision in county

Print this article Related stories Hughes concerned about land-use regulations Koppenhafer advocates fair code enforcement   Planning – whether it be for land use, oil and gas development, economic development or roads – is the key to a bright future … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Wilson proud of his record as DA

Print this article   Related story Myers calls for fewer felony plea bargains When Jim Wilson, incumbent candidate for district attorney, talks about crime, his enthusiasm for public service and dedication to enforcing the law are undeniable.After a four-year term … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Myers calls for fewer felony plea bargains

Print this article Related stories Wilson proud of his record as DA     District attorney candidate Mac Myers has a professional, self-assured manner, a trait earned through years of experience in the courtroom and an obvious love of the … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Koppenhafer advocates fair code enforcement

Print this article Related stories Hughes concerned about land-use regulations Young calls for planning, vision in county     Gerald Koppenhafer knows there are flaws in Montezuma County’s landuse code. But he doesn’t believe they are fatal ones. “As far … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Hughes concerned about land-use regulations

Print this article Related stories Koppenhafer advocates fair code enforcement Young calls for planning, vision in county   A few years ago, Alfred Hughes would not have imagined he would be running to be a Montezuma County commissioner. But that … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Better communication is theme for Blackburn

Print this article  Related story   Rule is proud of board service, hiring choice   When Fred Blackburn decided to run for county commissioner, he thought land-use planning would be his main issue. But he changed his mind. “Before you … Continue reading

Published in Election, October 2008

Non-profits, governments struggle to find board members

Print this articleShe looked at her watch impatiently.How long had they been there? It seemed like days. The agenda had looked reasonably short, but after nearly two hours they were only on the second item. She had joined the non-profit’s boardbecause she … Continue reading

Published in October 2008

700-lot subdivision may be sprouting in Totten Lake area

Print this articleA subdivision that would dwarf any other built so far in Montezuma County is being planned for a 460-acre parcel east of Cortez near Totten Reservoir. Although the developers have yet to submit a formal application for zoning … Continue reading

Published in October 2008

The Wright Stuff

Print this articleDurango author advises, ‘Want less, do more’ Some people howl that we must give up our modern comforts to save the earth. Durango freelance journalist and Fort Lewis College instructor Ken Wright believes the rescue starts with another … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, September 2008

It was politics as usual, except for Obama

Print this article” . . . if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination – not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation.” – Sen. Edward Kennedy For reasons probably better left unexplored, I … Continue reading

Published in Election, September 2008

Action outside the convention proves lively

Print this article“What a field day for the heat, a thousand people in the street. Singing songs and carrying signs, mostly say hooray for our side.” – Buffalo Springfield  “For What It’s Worth,” the classic ’60s protest song, came to … Continue reading

Published in Election, September 2008

Being there: There’s nothing quite like a national political convention

Print this articleDo political conventions have any real reason to exist? Probably not, as was demonstrated by the Republicans this month, when they scaled back their convention because Hurricane Gustav was hitting the Gulf Coast. The parties’ candidates are chosen … Continue reading

Published in Election, September 2008

Yow! Invading wasps carry a painful punch

Print this articleI was busily weeding in my back yard one August day when I sat on a lawn chair for a short break. A sharp pain in my arm made me wonder if I’d cut myself. Then I realized … Continue reading

Published in September 2008

Energy logjam?

Print this articleThe Montezuma County commissioners lambaste the BLM for drilling delays Public-lands agencies are impeding the effort to suck oil, natural gas, and carbon dioxide out of the ground, hampering local economic development and America’s quest for energy independence. … Continue reading

Published in September 2008

Women’s work: After a career in corrections, Durango’s Tekla Miller tries her hand at writing

Print this articleThough Durango author Tekla Dennison Miller has written three fulllength books (“A Bowl of Cherries,” “The Warden Wore Pink,” and ‘Life Sentences”) and her next, “Inevitable Sentences,” comes out in January, she never planned to be a writer. … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2008

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign: Cardboard clutter they may be, but signs are effective – and protected

Print this articleVoting takes place in secret, but campaigning is done as publicly as possible. In the past month, political signs have been sprouting throughout the area. And as the signs pop up, so do rumors of vandalism and theft, … Continue reading

Published in August 2008, Election

The next controversy? Plans to site a propane-supply depot in a subdivision concern some neighbors

Print this articleAnother land-use controversy may be in the making in Montezuma County, this time involving a proposal to site a 20,000- to 30,000-gallon Amerigas propane-storage tank on a subdivision lot near the intersection of highways 184 and 145. When … Continue reading

Published in August 2008

‘Bling-bling’ reality and the Diné

Print this articleIn 1912, Russian painter Vasily Kandinsky published his classic statement, “Concerning the Spiritual in Art.” He spoke about the content and process simultaneously, saying, “the harmony of color and form must be based solely upon the principle of … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, August 2008

Granath Mesa development proposal sparks lawsuit

Print this articleThe Summerhaven subdivision on Granath Mesa near Dolores has not yet received final approval from the county, but already it has spawned a lawsuit and counterclaims. In April, plaintiffs David Doran, John Hernandez and Don Raney, all landowners … Continue reading

Published in August 2008

The laws of the land: Vocal citizens debate a code amendment defining uses on agricultural parcels

Print this articleCharges and countercharges flew through the air in the packed Montezuma County Commission meeting room the afternoon of July 14. The county commissioners were accused of being power-hungry, of flouting state zoning regulations, and of hampering local economic … Continue reading

Published in August 2008

Tribute to resistance: An exhibition showcases Desert Rock opposition

Print this articleThirty-six artists moved out of their personal comfort zone to place work in the current art exhibition, “Connections: Earth + Artist = A Tribute Art Show to Resistance to Desert Rock,” on display at the Center for Southwest … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, July 2008

Rule is proud of board service, hiring choices

Print this article  Related story Wilkin wants more planning, land-use guidelines If you think Montezuma County needs radical changes, don’t look to Larrie Rule to bring them about. While the incumbent commissioner believes the county has its fair share of … Continue reading

Published in Election, July 2008