Southwest Life

For 15 years, my dog, Finn, was a beloved companion, hiking partner

By Andrew Gulliford Special to the Herald It has been enough time now that I can finally write this column without choking up. These are some of the hardest words I’ve ever written. Tears have...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Lessons of the 416 Fire show how our approach to wildfires has evolved

The summer of 2018 in Durango will go down as a summer of fire and smoke. There are many lessons to learn from the devastating pattern of drought, wildfire and debris we are enduring, but one of...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Olga Little: A mining-era legend of the La Platas

Olga Little, Durango’s own famous female burro-packer, has many stories connected to her historic work delivering supplies to remote mines and miners. She also has a mountain named for her in the...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Danny Pierce’s father helped build Durango, brick by brick

Father’s Day is special for most of us, but for one son, it has a particularly deep meaning. When writers start a story, they never know what threads will weave together. I thought I would be...

DATE: June 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

In Bluff, the Silver Dollar Bar becomes the Bears Ears Education Center

Downtown Durango thrives because buildings get recycled. Former car dealerships are now brewpubs and office buildings. Our historic electric power plant is the Powerhouse Science Center, and a...

DATE: May 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Miera y Pacheco was first European to create maps of the Four Corners region

More than 200 years ago, friars Dominguez and Escalante traveled north from Abiquiu, New Mexico, in search of a route to Spanish missions at Monterey in Alta California. Their travels are...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Durango’s master saddlemakers combine the finest craftsmanship, artistry

Growing up on the eastern Colorado plains, we always had horses. I chopped ice in frozen stock tanks and busted hay bales in winter. We hung saddles in the tack shed with ropes through the pommel...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Protecting the sacred: Navajo Nation buys land at revered peak in Colorado

For decades, Navajos have sought protection for their sacred places, and now the Navajo Nation has bought Colorado ranch land at the base of one of their sacred peaks. With a recent $8 million...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

World War II bombers once roared through the Grand Canyon

My dad grew up in the Great Depression and had nothing, not even his father’s name. An illegitimate son, he had to succeed on his own. He walked railroad tracks to pick up loose coal that fell off...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

A poisonous past: At Monticello Mill, the story of uranium’s deadly legacy

Tourists flock to Monument Valley, Utah, where red sandstone spires of the Mitten Buttes rise above desert sands. Publicity promotions of that iconic geology omit reference to the two nearby...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Treasure trove: Nina Heald Webber’s extraordinary donations to Fort Lewis College

By Andrew Gulliford Special to the Herald Colleges love donors, and Fort Lewis College is no exception. Center of Southwest Studies at FLC has many friends and donors, but a standout contributor is...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The soul of Bluff: Visionary Gene Foushee built, restored desert town

After 60 years of marriage, Gene and Mary Foushee passed on this summer just nine days apart. The couple was 88 years old and had lived a rich, full life. They will be remembered for many things,...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels