Durango’s toys of Christmas past

Hoverboards, video games, iPhones. If you were a kid in 1915, you wouldn’t find any of these under your tree. And, despite what you may think, kids, a century ago, wouldn’t have seen a sad pile of...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Four Corners School of Outdoor Education shows off new discovery center

MONTICELLO, Utah – Sitting at the crossroads of the vast Colorado Plateau, this quaint town of 2,000 is surrounded by national parks, mountains, rivers and red rock canyons that define the region....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Dolores River film explores water conflicts common in West

A new documentary slated for a January release lays bare the rigid conflicts over water use along the drought-stricken Dolores River, as irrigators, rafters and others strive for some sort of...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pueblo leaders press for protection of sacred cultural sites Native Americans give perspectives on oil-and-gas development

Prominent members of the Santa Ana and Acoma pueblos are concerned oil and gas development could destroy sacred sites in the Four Corners. During a panel discussion Saturday at the Crow Canyon...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Wetherills’ Quaker roots defined relations with Native Americans

When the Wetherills arrived in the Mancos Valley in 1879, they brought a humanitarian ethic that clashed with Native American policy, says relative and historian Harvey Leake. Leake, whose...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Filmmaker, author to share lessons of the last ice age

Separated by 13,000 years, in a strange way, the Clovis people faced the same environmental issues we see today: radical climate change, mass extinction and changes to the world. Though removed by...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Deep time with Craig Childs

Western Colorado author Craig Childs will join filmmaker Larry Ruiz on Friday night for “Mammoths in Durango: A Multimedia Adventure into the Ice Age.” Childs is the author of more than 10 books,...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Marvel man crafts saddles for true cowboys

From inside his small workshop in the unincorporated community of Marvel, horse trainer Orly Valencia has been perfecting the craft of making saddles intended for the long-haul cowboys on the...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Project to decode apples’ genetic history

Funds from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant will be used in part to genetically identify historic apples grown in Montezuma County. In recent years, Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

With cuts looming, San Juan National Forest prioritizes recreational sites

Responding to nearly 50 percent decline in its recreational budget over the last decade, the San Juan National Forest has prioritized its sites, deeming what areas are worth saving. Recently, the...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Founder of Durango-based Great Old Broads for Wilderness dies

The founder of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Susan Tixier, died last week. She was 73. In 1989, Tixier founded Great Old Broads while she was living in southern Utah. Since then, the...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Images recapture rugged mining era

A new book detailing the rich history of mining in Silverton was just released last week after three years in the making, but the story’s relevance and timing could not be more appropriate. Mines...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2015 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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