Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

Exercising the mind pays off

Athletic success generally is fleeting. Academic success, conversely, is likely to lead to a career or possibly even to world change. Yet, our culture (and yes, the media) is much more inclined to...

DATE: May 31, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Role model? Not if you ask her

Eileen Albrecht’s friends think the world of her. But they have trouble coming up with the right word to describe her. They try “solid” or “involved.” But what does that mean? “Well-grounded” and...

DATE: May 18, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

The dusting of snow

RED MOUNTAIN PASS – The term “white as snow” is a little misleading in the San Juan Mountains these days. The snowpack here at 11,060 feet is covered by layers of dust deposited in the last...

DATE: May 11, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

The true (?) story of spring weather, Cortés

Four seasons in your face – all at nearly the same time. When it’s T-shirt weather, don’t get smug. Take a jacket with you. When flakes fall, don’t go racing for the snowshovel. It’ll melt soon...

DATE: April 20, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Vet thrown a lifeline

By the time he arrived in Durango, Skip Ferguson had lost a lot. He'd lost a job and the ability to work. He'd lost his home. He'd even lost some faith in humanity. But there was one thing he was...

DATE: April 12, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

‘Politics is brutal’

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Maybe you think he’s this town’s savior. Possibly you’ve lived in Southwest Colorado for years and haven’t even heard of Ross Aragon. Or maybe you’re not a big fan. Doesn’t matter....

DATE: April 5, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

The 50-year romance

For 50 years, through a marriage and several long-distance moves, she saved the corsages he’d given her for dances and special occasions. They were nearly inseparable in their late teens. An old...

DATE: March 30, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Bayfield library’s latest novel idea: Lending tools

BAYFIELD – Putting a wrench in the system isn’t always a bad thing. At Pine River Library, in fact, it’s considered downright innovative. The erstwhile books-only lender is now hammering away at...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Forecast for open government: Sunny, for now

So it’s Sunshine Week. Are you excited? I can hear most of you asking: “What the heck does that even mean? Are we celebrating the sun this week? What kind of hippie-dippie deal is this? Will I be...

DATE: March 15, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

All together now

It’s not hard to read Zach Thompson’s face and body language: He’s smiling and nodding, full of nervous energy and eager to use the drumsticks in his hands. No doubt it’s a treat for Thompson,...

DATE: March 9, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoan saving whales at source

The Southern Ocean is vast, remote, rough and icy cold. Not the easiest place to go to war. This battle is not about land, but whales. Their crusading foes beg to differ, but the Japanese say...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Face-lift for our old friend

She's altered her appearance more than once. Christened “Galesteo” at birth, she's legally changed her name several times. Train cars aren't supposed to talk, but if she could, she'd tell stories...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

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