John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


Amazing races take running Durango couple around world

They’ve run through shoe-sucking mud and across windswept glaciers at the bottom of the world. They’ve run up a huge wall. They’ve learned a lot, and they’ve drunk a few glasses of wine along the...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

The Iron Horse: A tale of survival

SILVERTON – Lather on the sunscreen, announcer Chad Cheeney urged finish-line spectators.No doubt, those involved in the 40th running of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic soaked up the rays Saturday....

DATE: May 29, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Friends through music – and much more

“You’d team up with Willie Nelson, playin’ tunes with vocal;“You could sing sweet harmony, and maybe even yodel ... “Yodel-ay-ee-oooo.”Marie Bedard, guitar on her lap, sits in a studio at Katzin...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Carbon monoxide, the silent killer, misses its mark

Perhaps you lack a carbon-monoxide detector in your home.Is this wise?The following is a cautionary tale, brought to you by a thankful Jan Murphy and the thoughtful folks at Durango Fire & Rescue...

DATE: May 15, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

What’s in a name? At Durango’s Strater Hotel, a lot

When owner Rod Barker enters 222 with the plastic card passkey – a non sequitur of modernity in this building of antiquity – sure, he notices the American Victorian beds and couch and dressers. And...

DATE: April 17, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Longtime Durangoan recalls her once-wide world of sports

For a moment, Ellen Glaser returns to her athletic glory days. Understand that for the longtime Durangoan, this is 70-plus years ago. So bear with her and excuse the lack of detail.She's playing...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Crushed by MS, Pagosa man battles back with new mindset

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Once a junk-food-eating, 355-pound mess with suicidal thoughts, Kevin Walter now is an energetic, gym-habituating crusader with a cause.As he reached bottom about five years ago,...

DATE: April 3, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Behind an Olympic moment: A life of ups, downs, twists and flips

Failure can be devastating. It can be motivating, too. In Toby Dawson’s Olympic story, it was both.The 32-year-old, who is on a quick-track for a degree in finance at Fort Lewis College, can dig...

DATE: March 13, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Buying a home? ‘Rich uncle' may be nearer than you think

We now join, in progress, a chat between a bank loan officer and a young La Plata County couple.“You want to buy a home? You're how old? You serious?”End of story, right?For young couples starting...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

On FLC’s bench sits a man you wouldn’t expect

If he’s doing his job right, the assistant coach keeps a low profile.If he yells at or even talks to the referees, he’ll draw a technical foul. During a timeout, he’ll give his two cents – if the...

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

Old Spanish Trail a walk back in time for Utah man, llamas

IGNACIO – Yes, the dangers here were many in the 1830s and ’40s – river crossings, exposure to the elements, enemies. But 19th-century travelers didn’t have to tack orange safety vests on their...

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

Durango man gives insight on ‘127 Hours’

Steve Allen never had to cut off his arm.But he’s not saying Aron Ralston’s a fool for putting himself in that situation. Not by a long shot.“Total bad luck,” is how Allen, one of the premier...

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

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