Category Archives: January 2004

Bush’s military career lacks ‘shared sacrifice’

I don’t eat turkey because growth hormones and antibiotics don’t agree with my system, but I got pretty nauseated on Thanksgiving anyway. The continuous cable-news coverage of President (you’ll never know how hard that is for me to write) Bush’s … Continue reading

Published in David Long, January 2004

Nuclear legacy clouds White Mesa’s future

“We thought it was over, but it’s just like it was. Will there ever be an end to the Indian Wars?” — Bruce Cockburn, songwriter, human-rights activist In the ramshackle community of White Mesa, Utah, a rusty swing-set ominously clatters … Continue reading

Published in January 2004

Investigators seeking ‘smoking gun’ in Mancos fire

The gaping black hole on Grand Avenue in Mancos has been there for so long, most folks don’t even notice it any more. Seven months after the old Bounty Hunter store and Nathaniel’s hat shop burned beyond repair in a … Continue reading

Published in January 2004

Evil Empire? Critics, fans debate Wal-Mart

“As Wal-Mart rolled out its franchises, it sucked commerce off Main Streets, destroying traditional retailers that had served their communities for generations. But in the face of the abundance Wal-Mart produced, in the form of new jobs, consumer savings and … Continue reading

Published in January 2004

Boggy Draw to get facelift

The popular Boggy Draw area near Dolores will get a facelift, official recognition as a recreation site, and more publicity under plans proposed by the Dolores Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest. The Forest Service is taking public … Continue reading

Published in January 2004

A-LP Lite grows porker

Skeptical citizens peppered Bureau of Reclamation officials with questions about the ballooning costs of the Animas-La Plata Project at a meeting Dec. 19 in Durango. “Isn’t lying to Congress a criminal activity?” asked Michael Black of Taxpayers for the Animas … Continue reading

Published in January 2004

‘Festivus’ for the rest of us

One of my favorite Seinfeld episodes is about “Festivus,” the holiday Frank Castanza made up to replace Christmas. Instead of a tree you get an undecorated pole. And instead of sharing good times with friends and family there is a … Continue reading

Published in janelle holden, January 2004