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Special series: Solutions to youth suicide in La Plata County

Position: Special to the Herald

Email: gulliford_a@fortlewis.edu

Love stories at Tres Piedras: Aldo Leopold’s cabin in New Mexico

“There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land,” wrote Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac. As one of the 20th century’s top...

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

Pioneers of La Plata County: Aspass family settled in 1870s

At the beginning of La Plata County history, even before Colorado statehood in 1876, the Hans Aspaas family was here. Over the next 140 years, family members moved across the county. One son...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Phantom Ranch: Mary Colter’s oasis in the Grand Canyon

Anyone who has hiked the Bright Angel Trail off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim knows the pleasure 9 miles below of finding Phantom Ranch. How the ranch got there, who planted the first trees and who...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Mining on the edge at the Old One Hundred high above Silverton

The first time I saw the Old One Hundred boardinghouse near Silverton I had been scanning Galena Mountain with binoculars. I was about to give up, and then, I found it. Who could possibly have...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

FLC retrieves historic images from unstable negatives

Treasure comes in many forms. Husbands and wives. Children. And rare historic photographs not seen in 100 years. I paid my way through a Ph.D. by teaching photojournalism, American history and...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

As Lake Powell recedes, Glen Canyon reveals its secrets

Drought will alter the Southwest. Climate change means longer, hotter summers. “What happens under the turquoise skies of the continent’s most celebrated landscapes will presage changes that...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Josie Bassett: As wild as the frontier

A pioneer mother accused of murdering one of her husbands isn’t a likely candidate for Women’s History Month, but then Josie Bassett wasn’t a typical pioneer, either. She lived a lonely life...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

In southeastern Utah, the Procession Panel speaks across time

High on a red rock ridge in southeastern Utah lies a petroglyph panel that depicts a fundamental shift in the lives of prehistoric Pueblo peoples. A millennium ago, individual ceremonies and...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Miners’ secret cabin is a marvel in the snowy San Juans

It’s always winter and deep snow when I think about a hidden cabin a friend showed me in the San Juans. Up a steep, narrow gorge, on a short ridge below a major mountain, shaded by dark timber on...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2016 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

19th-century fur trapper Denis Julien traveled against the current

Above the white sand beaches in Whirlpool Canyon lies a 19th-century secret lightly etched in ancient stone. Two initials and the date 1838 tell of a lost world and one man’s singular perseverance....

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

FLC students ascend Fourteeners to raise mental health awareness

I have nothing but respect for Fort Lewis College students. We take young minds and hope to inspire and prepare students for a lifetime of learning and diverse careers, yet often our students...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Couple restores mining-era boardinghouse outside Silverton

Dr. Bob Brokering always wanted a little log cabin in the woods, so when his wife was in Europe, he bought one. Only it wasn’t little. It was the historic miners’ boardinghouse adjacent to the...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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