Chaco’s ancient charm

CHACO CANYON, N.M. For a unique and less crowded archaeological excursion, visit the “Capital of the Ancient Southwest,” known as Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Even in ski season, you can find freebies in Aspen

DENVER – A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain town will enjoy checking out what’s free, from...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Innovative eats in Phoenix

PHOENIX When Twitter and Facebook first began to catch fire, so did food trucks. Mobile kitchens in cities such as Los Angeles and New York branded themselves, using social media to gain foodie...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Treasure myths star in history exhibit

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Upstream from the point where the Colorado River cuts across the 39th parallel near Grand Junction, it leaves behind a land of myth. Upstream lies a city of gold. Upstream...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

In Carbondale, police chief says it’s time to lock doors

CARBONDALE – Police Chief Gene Schilling is the first to admit that Carbondale is not exactly a hotbed of vicious and serious crime. But in a letter to the public issued recently, he encouraged...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Reviving rare motorcycles, classic trucks in Dolores

Restoring classic trucks and rare motorcycles are the forte of Sam Manganaro, a Montezuma County resident who recently relocated his shop to Dolores. On the hill west of town, a chronically empty...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Farmer on Eastern Plains watches bird refuge go dry

MCCLAVE (AP) – A McClave farmer who has watched a reservoir dry up during the drought of the last three years is nearing the end of a court battle with the state and downstream water users to...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Utah couple brings house goose on frequent trips about town

LIBERTY, Utah (AP) – Quite the goose-down comforter winds up on Diane Westcott’s bed every night. There’s down aplenty, of course, but some pretty big feathers, too – along with two webbed feet,...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

For female welders, an instant bond

Welding is dangerous, requiring specialized shields and clothing to protect the eyes and skin. Nothing flammable can be worn, including fingernail polish and hair spray. For most welders, cosmetics...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado’s lavender industry finding a fragrant niche

PALISADE (AP) – Cherries are nice, but Paola Legarre has bigger and better plans for her cherry farm nestled in the middle of Colorado’s wine and fruit country. The plans involve neither wine nor...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Colorado fire departments scramble to recruit new volunteers

HAYDEN (AP) – With several pails of diesel fuel at his side, veteran Hayden firefighter Wayne DeLuca was preparing to show this year’s class of recruits how to fight fire. Inside the training...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Pet rescues key part of plan for Colorado flood evacuations

BOULDER – Some helicopters rescuing people after massive flooding in Colorado carried more dogs, cats and fish than people. Rescuers using zip lines to evacuate people over raging rivers also...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2013 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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