Foundations of Cortez formed in sandstone

Stone buildings in Cortez recently celebrated their 105th and 125th birthdays during a party at the Cortez Cultural Center. Fifty people enjoyed a presentation and tours of the Wilson, Calkins,...

DATE: May 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

After eco-cowboy’s death, a family, vision survive

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) – In two weeks, Maggie Hanna of The Dalles will have some of the most painful moments of her childhood – and some reflecting bravery and determination – splashed across the...

DATE: May 9, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Spain’s legacy in the Southwest

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) – Janire Najera’s stop in Southwest Utah was brief before returning to her journey along Old Spanish Trail earlier this month. The Spaniard hopes her travels will lead to a...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mapmaker left his mark

Most people in Dolores have heard of the Dominguez-Escalante expedition, the Spanish explorers who came through the area in 1776 and named the Dolores River. But few know about Bernardo Miera y...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Drones spy hidden ruins

ALBUQUERQUE – R ecently published research describes how archaeologists outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features...

DATE: April 26, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

When 89-year-old woman dies, so will Navajo presence at Wupatki

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. – Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned...

DATE: April 12, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Tucson, the scenery, culture, history are free

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nicknamed “Old Pueblo,” Tucson, Ariz., is a city with many faces. It’s a college town. It’s an artist town. It’s even still a Wild West town. Every February, southern Arizona’s...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

The promised land

On a hot summer day in 1955 two boys lean impatiently against the red Texaco gas pumps in front of their uncle’s store in Tiffany. They’re waiting for their Uncle Morris to drive them in his red,...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At 87, professor stirs up questions about Latinos

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – “By and large, American Latinos are a mixed group of people,” is how Felipe Ortego opens his 22-paragraph entry into what is expected to become the most comprehensive...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Boulder’s off-leash rules may bite thousands of dog owners

BOULDER (AP) – Tens of thousands of dog owners may need to re-apply for licenses and attend a class about the rules of the program that allows dogs to walk off-leash on many Boulder open space...

DATE: March 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Yucca House yields hints of prosperous, violent past

Barely understood and rarely visited, Yucca House National Monument keeps its secrets. But historian Fred Blackburn and a group of young students may provide insight into the mystery of these...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Classic boat, his eternal passion

A n eclectic gang of river runners, Grand Canyon guides, and boating purists take refuge in Dolores during the winter off-season. The amicable group never strays too far from their coveted rivers,...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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