John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

Backcountry danger

Experience is the best teacher. But even experienced people make mistakes. When it comes to backcountry skiing, a wrong judgment can be disastrous.And when you're talking about winter backcountry...

DATE: April 6, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

Desert spring: Fear and roaming in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Each fall, Frank Lloyd Wright and a bunch of his students would drive from Wisconsin to his “camp” in Scottsdale, Ariz. His famed Taliesin West had no air conditioning, at least in the...

DATE: March 23, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

When the dopamine kicks in, can you handle it?

It’s technically not legal, and we basically have no clue what we’re doing. We waste valuable work time watching. But for some reason, we just can’t help ourselves. Each year. Mid-March. Must be...

DATE: March 16, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

Ah, the front-yard signs of odd-numbered springs

I see it in my puppy’s muddy paw prints.I see it in people putting away their snowblowers for the season (perhaps unwisely early).It was obvious last week when city street sweepers took to the...

DATE: March 9, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

A special trip for a young movie star

Maybe you saw the seven-minute film “Sterling’s Special Love Holds” last week, and, maybe, if you weren’t paying close attention, you were perplexed. Who is this Sterling kid, you queried, and what...

DATE: March 2, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

A crazy circle brings him back

PURGATORY – Over there is where I flew 219 feet and pulverized my left leg into 26 pieces, the tall, earnest man tells you.These slopes, Bryan East continues, motioning to the Columbine beginners’...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

19,000 deaths a day – a stirring issue for group

BAYFIELD – There’s a learning curve when you’re assembling paint stir sticks into crosses.First, you learn that glue doesn’t keep them together very well. If you’re persistent, you keep trying....

DATE: Feb. 16, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

After scare, Aaland breathing easier To help medical bills from heart surgery, community run in his name

Chris Aaland thought it was a breathing issue. But the family doctor didn’t pull the stethoscope off his chest and prescribe an inhaler.Instead, 48 hours after a fairly casual office visit, Aaland...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

Skeptics, atheists ask: What do you not believe?

If you’ve ever sat on the edge of an open airplane door, looking at the ground 8,000 feet below, then you know what it’s like to take a leap of faith.Well, try this if you dare: Stand at the top of...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoan's mission: Do good in Afghanistan

To keep from getting blown to bits in Afghanistan, one key is knowing how to read the locals.This advice comes from Durangoan Keith Sylvain, who has been toiling in the war zones of Iraq and...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

A front row view of history

Call him an observer of history. An up-close observer. Jim Bowra has seen a lot in his 87 years. From the battles of World War II to the protests and espionage of the Cold War, he’s been around a...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

An illustrative past

BAYFIELD – Eddie Martinez is fascinated with Mesoamerican culture – the Chacoans, the Aztecs, the Mayans.He can talk to you about it, he can write about it and he can definitely draw it.But what he...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2013 | COLUMN: John Peel

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