John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: [email protected]

John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: [email protected]

Battle with leukemia unites family, community

It’s obvious your perspective on life has dramatically changed when you’re feeling blessed to qualify for a bone marrow transplant.SueB Earl, a Durango mother, physical therapist and avid outdoors...

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

A voice of protest: Community Connections director resigns to make point

At what point do you say enough’s enough and take a stand?Jackie Morlan decided she’s not going to take it anymore. Her line was crossed.After 23 years with Community Connections, the last eight as...

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

A ledger with an ephemeral quality recalls past

MAYDAY – Cloth-bound, faded and dog-eared, this ledger is showing its age. Although it can’t actually talk, it tells a fascinating history. Line after line, its notations speak about people’s lives...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: John Peel

Lots of questions in the year that was, but are there answers?

Did you have a good year? Are you having a good new year so far? Is it too early to ask that question?This is not a quiz, but have you answered the first three questions correctly?It’s possible...

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

Always ‘right’?

IGNACIO – In a Hollywood kind of way, one can feel the drama:It’s January and J. Paul Brown is walking out the door, on his way to tell fellow Republicans he isn’t going to run. His wife, Debbie,...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

When you come to a bottleneck ...

The smiling green mouth blinks off, replaced by the yellow nose. I squish the brake pedal to bring my truck to a quick halt on South Camino del Rio, killing my momentum as the red eye stares...

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Coal mines, war and secret missions

It’s partly the spectacular view of the snow-swept La Plata Mountains from his rural home on the Durango-Bayfield border.It’s partly that a man from Appalachia with an eighth-grade education, who...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Separate hemispheres can’t divide this love

Lily Van Sant failed her mother. Badly, it turned out.Candise Griswold’s topmost request when her daughter set off from Durango for New Zealand on a high school exchange program: Don’t fall in...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Aggravation and impudence – blame it on the road

For right now, let’s just blame it all on Florida Road.I mean, it’s making me do all kinds of crazy things – take long road trips, vote for a Republican or two. Wacky, I tell ya. It’s also making a...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Guilty or innocent? Agent’s killers faced trial in 1908

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series about the 1907 death near Hesperus of Secret Service agent Joseph Walker and his great-granddaughters’ quest to see that his deeds don’t go...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Sisters on the trail of 1907 killing

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about the 1907 death near Hesperus of Secret Service agent Joseph Walker and his great-granddaughters’ quest to see that his deeds don’t go...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Kyrgyzstan native: Big heart in a small world

Your first question for Jyldyz Djunushbekova might be, “How'd you end up in Durango?”The native of Kyrgyzstan, which sits almost exactly halfway around the globe longitudinally, has a quick...

DATE: Oct. 17, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

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