Category Archives: September 2003

Pledging ‘something’ to the flag

“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. “One nation, … Continue reading

Published in David Long, September 2003

Monumental fund-raising push pays off

Two 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 thousands flock … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

High home prices, low wages collide in Mancos

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 chuckle. Those two … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

Gravel-pit foes win big battle

Citing 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 D. Robbins … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

Canyons of the Ancients: The future of a fragile land

Once 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 ruins, but … Continue reading

Published in September 2003

The carnival rolls into California

When 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 is anything … Continue reading

Published in janelle holden, September 2003