Trove of ocean wonders in land-locked town

WALSENBURG (AP) – There’s a world of seashells, fossils and other ancient artifacts in land-locked Walsenburg. There is no ocean in the middle of Colorado’s foothills, but that hasn’t stopped the...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Mine’s reach cushions blow in North Fork Valley

DELTA (AP) – Scotty Calhoun saw the handwriting on the longwall years ago and opted out of full-time work at the Elk Creek Mine. Calhoun instead signed on at TK Mining in Delta and promptly went to...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At Mesa Verde, Mummy Lake theories conflict

Was it a reservoir, a ceremonial plaza or a ball court? At Mesa Verde National Park, the Far View Reservoir ruin – also known as Mummy Lake – has long been a controversial mystery for...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Aspen Skiing focused on climate change

ASPEN (AP) – Aspen Skiing Co. will maintain efforts to influence state and national policy on climate change in 2015 as well as reduce its own carbon footprint, but President and CEO Mike Kaplan...

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

I-70 traffic changes how people live, play

ASPEN (AP) – If Brad Rettig isn’t in the Dinosaur park-n-ride lot in Golden by 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday during ski season, he knows his skiing hours are at stake – and that’s just not something he’s...

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

Along Route 66, telling Native American’s story

ALBUQUERQUE – Greasy diners, big-finned Cadillacs, mom-and-pop souvenir shops, dusty trading posts and the promise of the West were undoubtedly part of the recipe that made historic Route 66 –...

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

Mystery and spirit

In our digital world of increasing megapixels and shrinking cameras, Mancos photographer Brian Killigrew has bucked the trend. Killigrew, unlike most photographers today, hauls his large-format...

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

In Utah, Mormon chapels here, there and everywhere

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – An old joke says it’s impossible to throw a pebble in any direction in Utah without hitting an LDS chapel. Or maybe two. A data analysis by The Salt Lake Tribune shows that...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Failing grade

WINSLOW, Ariz. On a desert outpost miles from the closest paved road, Navajo students at the Little Singer Community School gleefully taste traditional fry bread during the school’s heritage week. ...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

What to know about Bureau of Indian Education schools

WINSLOW, Ariz. – The federal government finances 183 schools and dormitories for Native American children on or near reservations in 23 states. The schools are some of the nation’s lowest...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

At Unaweep cliffs, climbers won’t trespass anymore

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – The climbing community is an intrepid bunch by nature, and some crags are just too good to pass up. And it’s a fact that there are some trespassers within their ranks. But...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Couple sees future for permaculture near Trail Canyon

“A forest full of food” has a nice ring to it, and the concept is realized using permaculture farming techniques. Grant and Kathy Curry of Dolores are creating an innovative farm at the head of...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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