John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


Time for Durango’s fire marshal Kaufman to turn in his badge

Firefighters leaped onto the tailboard of the moving firetruck as it sped from the station.While a fellow firefighter held on to them, they stuffed arms and legs into protective gear as the truck...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Shear challenge: Durangoan always seeking the edge

It's simply “rocks shaping steel,” Barry Owen explains, his thumb and fingertips blackened from the detritus of blades he has been sharpening in his Durango garage.But from this modest mantra, Owen...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Ruthie’s ride takes her to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

Ruthie Matthes was 6 when her older sister helped her learn to ride. Amelia Matthes held onto the seat, ran along and then let go.“I’d teeter and fall,” Ruthie Matthes said during a recent...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Politics, the economy? Forget that, let’s talk Tebow

Tim Tebow.Enough said?Talk about a conversation-starter. Say the name in a crowded room and prepare to be bombarded.Do you love him for his family values or gutsy play? Do you hate him for his...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Coming out not easy, but it gets better

Her straight friends joke about their jealousy. They tell her she had everything a straight girl could dream of. And then she forfeited it all.“I did,” Miki Spies says. “I had this really great...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

A family split by communism: Hungarian takes a look back

It’s Christmas Eve 1944. Laszlo Szuecs is 3½ years old. He’s a typical Hungarian citizen caught in the midst of a brutal mid-winter siege of the historic and strategic city of Budapest.This is his...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

All aboard to help radio man Anderson recover from stroke

If you’ve been around Durango for any length of time, you probably know Bruce Anderson – even if you think you don’t. You may not know his face, but when he speaks, you’ll likely recognize the...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

In kidney exchange, fortune smiles all around

Terry Tyler got Paul Boyer’s kidney. But spend two minutes with Boyer, and he’ll almost have you convinced he’s the lucky one.Boyer, a 66-year-old Durango-based photographer, says he feels great...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Throwing a wrench in the system – is this what America needs?

“We need a big tool to fix America,” John Davis said while holding a 3-foot-long plumber’s wrench painted red, white and blue to resemble the U.S. flag. “We also need a guy who knows how to use...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

When it comes to ATVs, everyone’s making noise

A large group of ATVers breaks down a gate and rumbles into federally designated wilderness, breaking the law.If you’re a hiker, a horseman or even a responsible all-terrain vehicle user, you’re...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

After 28 years, Harl again sits tall in the saddle

The groans indicate so much pain that you want to yell over to Harl Kendrick’s handlers, “Stop!” Hasn’t the guy suffered enough?But life is sometimes about suffering, and you don’t need to tell...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

The proud Americans: Canadians take the oath of citizenship

Kathy Moncrief was deeply concerned when her husband, Marvin Moncrief, exited the interview room with red eyes.Had the United States immigration officer rejected him? Would that have brought the...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

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