John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

Hair today, gone tomorrow for child cancer research

Imagine, if you have to, that you are a parent. You’re told your child has cancer and you begin to research online. All you read is that your child is almost certainly going to die.“I was flipping...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Awards, humility and the Oscars

In some jobs you get noticed only when you’ve done something atrocious.This thought occurred to me a few weeks ago when I was dragged to an Oscar party. OK, I wasn’t dragged, but I did go with...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Is this a business or a museum?

Among the things you’re probably not expecting to see when you venture into the Main Mall:A Civil War promotion signed by Abraham Lincoln.A Lee Harvey Oswald savings account withdrawal receipt.A...

DATE: March 4, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

From ‘burang’ to ‘Blair and Sarah’ – Cambodian culture shock

No more chants of “burang, burang” as they walk down the street. No more motorbikes cruising along with an unhelmeted family of five hanging on.Their return to Durango earlier this month brought as...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Our caring community runs, walks 2012 5K event to aid Bruce Anderson

SueB Earl sees the T-shirts from the 2011 event around town. She knows that her two children, eighth-grader Elli and sixth-grader Joci, participated in the fundraiser a year ago.But at the time,...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

One fool’s progress in the Colorado boondocks

Sometimes you’re a bumbling klutz. Other times you’re an unconquerable hero. And sometimes you’re both within a couple hours.To get my truck stuck miles from help took only a momentary lapse in...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Cooking a hot dog with worldwide effects

The project wasn’t really about cooking hot dogs in his backyard. That was just an added bonus.No, what 17-year-old Kavi Pool did last summer could possibly change the future way of life of a tribe...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

For Mercy hospice chaplain, bond is short and sweet

Earl Caudill, the chaplain for Hospice of Mercy, says he gets along well with crusty old men.In his line of work, he encounters quite a few, so he’s had some practice. But he has another...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango’s winter of 2011-12: From wolverine to wallaby

Imagine you’re floating in the galaxy, untethered, with a spaceship’s-eye view of our solar system. You push the fast-forward button and watch as a blueish planet swivels around the sun, chained by...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango’s brief brush with Marilyn

Mickey Hogan readily admits it’s not fodder for a full-length Hollywood movie. But 61 years later, he can still share memories of the time he hung out with Marilyn Monroe.The 82-year-old Durangoan...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

A ‘Super' dog, from start to finish

I suppose this is a love story.That's the only way it makes any sense. Otherwise, why are you so devastated when the time comes to say goodbye?Ellie the chocolate Labrador retriever was born Jan....

DATE: Jan. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

HIV-positive Durango man speaks up

Rick Kerr doesn’t want people to end up in his shoes. That’s why he’s willing to share publicly the once-lethal condition he’s been battling now for 10 years.Kerr is HIV-positive.Quickly we should...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

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