Category Archives: January 2009

The royal families in our political midst

The possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton’s seat in the U.S. Senate has sparked a debate about how democratic our political system really is. The question is whether we actually have a “nobility” that easily ascends to … Continue reading

Published in David Long, January 2009

The old ways are best: Mayhew relishes the subtleties of natural chalk

Farmington, N.M., artist Timothy David Mayhew lays a narrow box on a table in my office and opens it. As carefully as a jeweler takes a gem from a case, the smallish, broad-shouldered, gray-haired man removes gleaming red, white, and … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, January 2009

Land-use debates grow more heated in Montezuma County

Disputes over land use are frequently bitter, but a Dec. 15 hearing over the future use of one lot in a residential Montezuma County subdivision may have marked a new milestone: Two sheriff’s deputies were present as a precaution against … Continue reading

Published in January 2009

Joseph Kennedy, Jr., gets a chilly reception on the Navajo Nation

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., gave the tiny community of Cameron, Ariz., a few days’ notice that he wanted an audience with them. His assistants rented the chapter house, bought ingredients for mutton stew and fry bread, supplied cans of fruit … Continue reading

Published in January 2009

Funding for the Four Corners Monument may soon freeze up

It’s crunch time for the long-stalled Four Corners Monument rehabilitation project, intended to turn the tacky and run-down tourist attraction into a much more appealing destination for the thousands of people who flock there each year. But if it doesn’t … Continue reading

Published in January 2009