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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

Inside the walls of time: In Hermosa, Fisher house carries 1890s legacy

In grocery stores today, we can buy fruit from all over the world. A century ago, farm products were local, and a thriving orchard business had begun in the Animas Valley at Hermosa under stunning...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The sublime Yampa: Quiet canoe miles on a free-flowing, wild river

Imagine being on a Colorado river in the heart of the summer and seeing no one else on the water for 32 miles, three days and two nights. I couldn’t believe it, but there we were in June on a...

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

Sheep wagons: From Old West function to New West fashion

Across the Old West, what was once function is now fashion. Well-worn cowboy boots, spurs, saddles and Stetsons all have a new cachet as collectibles. One man’s junk is another man’s buffed up...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The truth behind a frontier myth in Pagosa Springs

Just west of Pagosa Springs is a small roadside park north of the highway. A bronze plaque set in granite says that more than a century ago Capt. Albert Pfeiffer stripped naked on behalf of Utes in...

DATE: June 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Putting Everett Ruess to rest: Perhaps a final conclusion to a 1934 desert mystery

One of the great mysteries of the Four Corners and the Southwest has been the 1934 disappearance of young artist Everett Ruess. He left the Utah village of Escalante alone, descended Davis Gulch...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Marie Ogden’s search for truth in the Utah desert

In 1933, in the depths of the Great Depression, 49-year-old Marie Ogden, a spiritualist and millennial Christian, moved to Dry Valley in San Juan County, Utah, to establish a religious colony and...

DATE: March 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Secrets of the Saguache stone snakes: A remarkable mystery endures

There are secrets in the San Luis Valley at the northern edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. One of the most interesting is the riddle of large stone snakes, who built them, when and why. I...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Walls of time, wonders: Dominguez and Escalante canyons

As the snow piles up, I think of warm desert hikes. One of my favorites is a place in Colorado that looks and feels like Utah, except rocks are gone. Dominguez Creek has some of the oldest rocks...

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

Sheepherder Pacomio Chacon: An artist among the aspens

In researching sheep and public lands grazing across Colorado, I have seen hundreds of carved aspen trees or arborglyphs. But only one artist of the aspens truly stands out. His work enlivened the...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels