John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

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After 17 years, John Peel says goodbye

As Edward R. Murrow would say, “Good night, and good luck.” Carol Burnett would sing, “I’m so glad we had this time together.” Then there was Dan Rather’s enigmatic sign-off: “Courage.” (Which is a...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Taking a look backward, or maybe it’s forward ...

The original intent of today’s column was to take a look back, to revisit previous stories and provide a “where are they now.” But instead of just looking back, I found myself looking sideways, up,...

DATE: May 31, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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This year, Ed Zink lends a hand, from the background

When Ed Zink entered the second-floor headquarters of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic just five days before the event’s start, those inside were pleasantly surprised to see him. He’d spent the...

DATE: May 24, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Even before the Navy SEALs: La Plata County native went underwater during World War II

It takes 89-year-old Cecil Benton a while to struggle into his old pullover Navy uniform, but eventually, he appears from the bedroom. “It’s tight,” he says as he pats his midsection and laughs...

DATE: May 17, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Tom Byrne goes his own way

To keep his tongue moist, so he could continue talking to the string of visiting family and friends wishing him well on his final journey, he poured a few ice chips in his mouth. When the chips...

DATE: May 10, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Durangoan ‘broken’ by the scene in Nepal

In his four days in Kathmandu last week, Karma Bhotia saw a city teeming with now-homeless people growing hungrier and desperately needing shelter from the coming monsoons. Help was notably absent....

DATE: May 3, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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A ‘Durango’ Olympic hopeful for Israel

Rotem Ishay is still an Israeli citizen. But if he makes it to the starting line at the 2016 Olympic mountain bike race, he’ll be representing more than his native country. “Yes, I’ll be...

DATE: April 26, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Saving one starfish at a time

There were sports, friends to hang with, maybe even some parties. And homework. So when you were in high school, did you start a nonprofit? Isn’t that kind of unusual? And supposing you were so...

DATE: April 12, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Heart-pumping research

I'm breathing hard through a mask, sweating, slobbering, on the verge of passing out. I better stop before I fall off this stationary bike in a heap. This test isn't about me, although I have...

DATE: March 29, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

John Peel, reporting for/from the pokey

Apparently, I’m in big trouble. I need your help. At 11 a.m. Wednesday, I’m reporting to jail. Have I done something bad? Well, yes, no doubt. But that’s not why I’m being sent to the pokey. The...

DATE: March 22, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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Taking big steps in China

When Darrah Blackwater informed her parents she was going to walk 1,200-plus miles across China, the 2013 Fort Lewis College graduate got a strong response. “My dad offered to pay me not to do it,”...

DATE: March 15, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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‘Sparkplug of life’ recalled

SILVERTON – Under the mountain where an avalanche claimed her life two months ago, friends and family on Sunday afternoon remembered Olivia Buchanan’s love of the outdoors and ongoing search for...

DATE: March 8, 2015 | COLUMN: John Peel

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