John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


Drive-in on Main may ring a ‘Bell’ Half-century-old memories on Main now hidden by courts and field

Say you were playing tennis on the Durango High School courts 60 years ago just as it was getting dark. While you were sweating and grunting with every forehand and overhead, others would be...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Tossing some stories and bolas with old buddies

So, what happens when four friends get together at a remote lake high in the Colorado mountains 35 years after they graduated together from high school? What dangerous hijinks ensue? Hang on tight,...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Pika: Is it prudent to panic?

Some people want to ring the alarm. Others want to mute it or perhaps turn it off entirely. The cute little pika, according to at least one expert, needs no alarm. It can decide for itself when...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango man changes his path

By the time he was 12, he was placed on probation for stealing. A year later, the woman he calls his mother died. His biological parents weren’t able to take care of him. “I guess I started out on...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Necessary transition

Dr. Jude Harrison wrote a letter to his patients recently that probably elicited some surprise. The key in that first sentence is the pronoun. You see, in 1984 Harrison began as a family medicine...

DATE: July 26, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Bringing the past into the present

Karma Bhotia has come a long way in a quarter-century. He’s changed continents twice, worked as a high-altitude mountain guide, learned the restaurant business and, with education and hard work,...

DATE: July 20, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Life not all a day at the beach

About a year ago, a woman stopped Glen Marler inside City Market and asked, “Do you remember when you hired me?” Marler had to disappoint her and admit he didn’t. You have to forgive him for two...

DATE: July 13, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Rapid recovery

Bryan Lott was interviewing for a job in Durango when he visited 4Corners Riversports for a paddleboard part. There, he met co-owner Tony Miely, and the conversation turned to prosthetics. It might...

DATE: July 5, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

The road leads to Europe

It’s possible you haven’t been paying attention. After all, not everyone follows women’s cycling (more on that later). In any case, be informed that our very own Carmen Small has not vanished from...

DATE: June 29, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durango doctor packing up

If you met him only briefly, it would be easy to underestimate Dr. Richard Grossman. You’d likely categorize him as soft-spoken. You might say he’s shy, perhaps even meek. And then you’d be...

DATE: June 21, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

More than hoops camp

Deven Thompson halted his dribble and quickly pushed up a 15-foot shot over camp coach Matthias Weissl during a one-on-one drill. As it nestled into the net, Weissl, a former Fort Lewis College...

DATE: June 14, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Hermosa bill up in the air

ABOVE HERMOSA CREEK – Flying several thousand feet above this proposed federal protection area, the view is far and clear. This is an awesome place of immense value to sportsmen, recreationists,...

DATE: June 7, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

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