Category Archives: May 2016

Author Mauldin finds inspiration in parks

Baby boomers young enough in 1966 to remember scrambling into the back seat of their parents’ station wagon for a trip to a national park like Mesa Verde may also be able to conjure the jingle, “See the U.S.A. in … Continue reading

Published in Arts & Entertainment, May 2016

Economic benefit from Mesa Verde estimated at $67 million, report says

A new National Park Service report shows that 547,325 visitors to Mesa Verde in 2015 spent $55.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 814 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local … Continue reading

Published in May 2016

Spill controversy flows on: EPA rejects request for $6 million for spring-runoff preparedness plan

Farmington, N.M. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a request of roughly $6 million for a “Spring Runoff Preparedness Plan” developed in response to last fall’s disastrous Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River. The denial was … Continue reading

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Bad Blood: Montezuma County clashes with the mosquito-control district

For nearly four decades, the Montezuma Mosquito Control District has operated out of the county road-equipment yard off Highway 145 in Cortez, the result of a handshake agreement in the 1970s. But on April 18, the county commissioners voted 3-0 … Continue reading

Published in May 2016

Futuristic ‘Zero K’ has style and substance (Prose and Cons)

It has long been my observation that the three incubatory professions most overrepresented in the pantheon of great American authors are journalism, law, and advertising. The reason, I suspect, is that each involves a reductive writing process – the art … Continue reading

Published in May 2016, Prose and Cons

Free Press wins 8 Society of Professional Journalists awards

The Four Corners Free Press nabbed eight awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies regional competition for work done in 2015. The awards were announced April 22 in Denver. Sonja Horoshko received three awards: First place, … Continue reading

Published in May 2016

Are mail-in ballots unfair to Navajo voters?: The question spawns conflicting suits in San Juan County

An ongoing dispute about voting rights in San Juan County, Utah, has spawned a second federal lawsuit by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission – as well as a counterclaim from the San Juan County commissioners. A previous lawsuit resulted … Continue reading

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