John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

You're stuck at Kangerlussuaq; where are you?

I'll give you an easy one:If you're at Durango-La Plata County Airport, you're at what city's major airport?Some of you probably said Ignacio or Oxford, or maybe even Falfa, but those aren't quite...

DATE: Aug. 30, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Harley rider brings faith as jail chaplain

  Marvin Moncrief owns the build of a bouncer. If need be, he could put the hurt on someone. He certainly looks the part of Harley rider, which he is.This image undoubtedly gives him clout in jail....

DATE: Aug. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoan shares her story of final climb with her father

Natalie Brandsma now has climbed 16 of Colorado's 14,000-foot-high peaks - all at her father's side.It's not easy to imagine how she felt July 20, when she scaled 14,255-foot Longs Peak with him,...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Polish native, then 17, recalls bloody Warsaw Uprising 65 years later

The day of the uprising was chaos.The Polish underground had scheduled a surprise revolt against its German occupiers for 5 p.m. But planning something so large surreptitiously is no simple task....

DATE: July 27, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

A column that's coldblooded (check it and see ... what I mean)

Pebbles in your shoe. Mosquito on your back. Bee in your bonnet.Some people say they come to this column on Mondays because there's usually a "feel-good" story here. Well, it's true. But is it good...

DATE: July 20, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

If you build it, they will come (on bikes)

A high-energy buzz of youthful zeal permeates the room, and the fact that the gathering is in a church is merely coincidence. One by one, the 31 blue-T-shirt-clad Bike & Build members introduce...

DATE: July 6, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango student drawn to Middle East

Perhaps this represents most Americans' knowledge of the Middle East:"I didn't know anything about the region at all. As far as I knew, the Crusades happened and there was lots of sand in the...

DATE: June 29, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Alzheimer's a challenging, heartbreaking disease for everyone

Why did I find this so amusing?Even when it got to the stage that my mother didn't remember who I was, she was teaching me the intracacies of the English language. "That would be fine with Judy and...

DATE: June 22, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

John Gamble steps into retirement

He was eager for this Y in the road.John Gamble didn't hesitate long before picking a direction.The 61-year-old Durangoan is retiring. Great for him, but that means a change at the top in the...

DATE: June 14, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Labor of love

The uphill gravel entrance road is unfit for a vehicle with low clearance.You park and enter the compound, to be greeted by a cacophony of barking, as many as 70 or 80 dogs announcing your...

DATE: June 8, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

PCC student's story of trials, perseverance a gift for all

It's ironic, but Raylene Charley's year of hardships made one thing very easy for Pueblo Community College faculty and staff.When time came to honor the student who'd most persevered through...

DATE: June 1, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Spring keeps springing in Southwest Colo.

Flower petals swirl in the wind, grass turns from brown to green, birds fill the air with song.Yes, yes, we know about all that. The obvious signs of spring. And sure, they're all beautiful and...

DATE: May 11, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

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