Category Archives: December 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