Category Archives: May 2017

Repeal, reduce or retain?: Bears Ears, Canyons of Ancients to be scrutinized

For years after Canyons of the Ancients National Monument was designated in 2000, signs stubbornly declaring “No National Monument” were scattered around Montezuma County, to the puzzlement of area tourists. Over time, they deteriorated and were taken down, but opposition … Continue reading

Published in May 2017

An automatic reflex

Recently I wrote a short news story for the Free Press Facebook page about the armed robbery of a Durango pot shop in which I referred to the suspect’s weapon as an “automatic rifle.” In fact, it was an AR-15, commonly – … Continue reading

Published in David Long, May 2017

Start spreading the News (Prose and Cons)

The year is 1870, and across the State of Texas, Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town performing live readings from newspapers to paying audiences eager to learn the news of the world. Seventy-two and widowed, a veteran … Continue reading

Published in May 2017, Prose and Cons

A bouquet of perennial poems

Combine the sensibilities of a religious fundamentalist with a free-thinker and what you’ll likely get is an oxymoron, but burnish that hybrid with a poet and you get David Lee, a writer who has been publishing memorable volumes since his … Continue reading

Published in May 2017

Assessment effort seeks to improve public health at the local level

Communities across Colorado have been engaged in assessing the health of local populations since the Colorado Public Health Act took effect in 2008. It called for major reforms to government public-health systems to ensure that every person, regardless of where … Continue reading

Published in May 2017 Tagged

Boxes full of nature’s bounty: The Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op launches a CSA program

For 16 weeks this summer 100 Southwest Farm Fresh Co-op Community Supported Agriculture shareholders in Cortez and Mancos will get fresh, local produce grown, harvested and delivered in a box loaded with mouthfuls of nutrition. The CSA offering is an … Continue reading

Published in May 2017

Free Press takes seven awards in Top of the Rockies contest

The Free Press garnered seven awards in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Top of the Rockies competition, for work done in 2016. David Long and Gail Binkly took first in news reporting-single story for “Bad blood: Montezuma County clashes … Continue reading

Published in May 2017