Category Archives: April 2016

Singular focus: Photographer and Mesa Verde artist-in-residence Gregory Spaid specializes in the ‘lone tree’

Each January, the Mesa Verde artist-in-residence program reviews dozens of applications from national, international and local artists who are hoping to create writing, visual art or music compositions while living at the park. This year was no exception. The jury … Continue reading

Published in April 2016, Arts & Entertainment

Navajo delegate guilty of fraud

Sure, giving his children more than $33,000 out of the Navajo Nation Council’s discretionary fund may have violated Navajo ethics rules – but was it a crime? No, defense attorney Jeffrey Rasmussen told jurors on March 16, the opening day … Continue reading

Published in April 2016

Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders makes his case to the Navajo Nation in Arizona

Flagstaff, Ariz. – When Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke to a packed crowd at the Twin Arrows Resort on March 17, he became the first presidential candidate to visit the Navajo Nation in nearly 20 years. Over 2,000 people waited outside … Continue reading

Published in April 2016

Don’t count your chickens yet: Mancos delays a decision on a proposed livestock ordinance

They came. They spoke. They prevailed. “They” are Mancos residents who opposed proposed ordinances 710 and 709, regarding raising livestock within town limits and structures for those animals (respectively). In February, Planning and Zoning met to finalize an ordinance to … Continue reading

Published in April 2016 Tagged

Should the county re-up with the American Lands Council?

Montezuma County undecided about renewing with American Lands Council A year after joining, the Montezuma County commissioners have not yet renewed their annual membership in the American Lands Council, a controversial group that lobbies for transferring federal public lands to … Continue reading

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Cortez becoming a mecca for recreation

The subtle but potent magnetism of Cortez is becoming one of Colorado’s worst-kept secrets. This low-key, blue-collar town of fewer than 9,000 residents is becoming known nationally and internationally as a jumping-off point for an abundance of open-space and outdoor … Continue reading

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‘News of the World’ offers rare beauty (Prose and Cons)

When an accomplished poet turns pen to prose, readers ofttimes are rewarded with work of startling beauty. Such is the case with poet-turned-novelist Paulette Jiles’ latest book, “News of the World,” an exquisitely told tale set in north Texas shortly … Continue reading

Published in April 2016, Prose and Cons