John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

Education flows both ways in Mexico

Poor people living in packed homes. Men pining for jobs in the rich country to the north. They'll walk across a desert with little water to get to those jobs, then send back most of their earnings...

DATE: May 4, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango family split by U.S.-Cuba relations

A Caribbean romance. A father separated from his daughter. An attempted escape from Cuba by boat. It's an exciting, action-packed story. So far, it lacks one thing: a happy ending. Kathleen Villa...

DATE: April 27, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Speed cameras: Story of paranoia

Orbiting 22,300 miles above Earth in the Clarke Belt, a satellite tracks your vehicle as you whiz around the turns down Florida Road (County Road 240) right before town.You're wondering whether you...

DATE: April 20, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango pastor, family find joy among the ashes

The smell and taste of smoke stays with Dwight Saunders even after he leaves the house. It sticks on his tongue and gets in his teeth. The morning of Jan. 14 is forever seared into the memories of...

DATE: April 13, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Renowned kayaker made Durango home

A magazine called him "the most accomplished expedition whitewater paddler of his time." For those who knew Lars Holbek in the last decade of his life - the time he lived in Durango - that...

DATE: April 6, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

William H. Lewis: A hero, but not often remembered

Pop quiz:Fort Lewis was first established near a) Hesperus b) Durango c) Pagosa Springs.Fort Lewis College was named after a) Meriwether Lewis b) William H. Lewis c) Jerry Lewis.Fort Lewis is now...

DATE: March 23, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Spring thaw brings reason for optimism

The changes are nearly imperceptible.Then one morning, on your way to work, you notice:The sun's arc takes it above College Mesa, and its rays make an admirable attempt to warm your body, chilled...

DATE: March 16, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Book shows Durango as microcosm of women's advancement in athletics

"I've been a women's libber since I opened my mouth," Mary Ruth Bowman says, and she will readily admit to opening that mouth quite often.Just look at the photo, she'll tell you, on page 48 of her...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Coping creatively

Ryan Jameson was on the road a year ago, playing basketball in Denver. But he was thinking of Southwest Colorado powder. He called his brother, Logan, at the base of Durango Mountain Resort.Logan...

DATE: March 2, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

This meeting brings shock to heart

How's this for being on the ball: Durango emergency responders rushed Karen Saller to the hospital before she even had her heart attack. Two weeks before, in fact. But that's Hollywood.And that's...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

White or brown: Which side are you on regarding the question of snow?

 "It's a darned nuisance, and we're not going to take it any more," the president of the Fooey on Snow Committee began the meeting. "I say we ban it, once and for all."The president massaged his...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

Chilled Durango High students witness a first

They were among the tired, cold, huddled masses. They yearned to be free from the tiny piece of brown grass and dirt upon which they stood.Reaching Porta Pottys just 50 feet away meant an hour...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: John Peel

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