John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


John Peel

Position: Herald Staff Writer


Cold, hard cash gives ex-prisoner a purpose

It’s not exactly like winning the lottery. Jeffrey Deskovic’s fortune, a $9 million windfall (minus lawyers’ fees), came because he spent nearly 16 years in prison for a murder he did not...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoan had role in WAVES of the future

Julie Thomas was walking down Riverview Drive toward the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Aug. 20. She heard a roar from the crowd, so she shifted to a slow jog, two small dogs in tow.As she’s...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Can we make connection? That’s the plan Sept. 27

Bitter conflict threatens to define the early 21st century.The United States are becoming more divisive. Sorry, but you can’t read or watch the media and avoid the bombardment of politically...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

His head in the clouds

Fuel was nearing a critical level. The storm seemed to be ebbing. Even though this was the last flight of a two-week campaign, it was time to play it safe, call it a night and fly back to the base....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Adventurous Durangoan is ad’s focus

December found him surviving a death-defying, end-over-end crash on a New Mexico highway. April found him leaving his hometown of Las Cruces, N.M., for Durango and a new job.August found the...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Putting it on the line

ALONG THE PINE RIVER The sun’s out, shoes are off, and she’s reclining in a deck chair. She has just opened a novel, the bubbling Pine River providing a soothing background melody.Pauline Bowser...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Go ahead – Think of us as a two-wheeled town

You’re leaving? Already?Have you even taken the time for the ear-plugging elevator ride to the 121st floor of our skyscraper or to cruise our newly tiled subway system?I bet you haven’t. If you’re...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Why we venture into the scary outdoors

“Because it’s there,” George Mallory quipped to The New York Times in March 1923. The three words became instantly exalted, a mantra still uttered today.I’m pretty sure I understand his pithy...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

A life of adventure

He helped scientist Wernher von Braun design rockets. He dodged boulders while climbing a spewing volcano. He sailed the Americas on a 36-foot cutter called “The Scimitar.” For a decade, he lived...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Horrifying crash, long ride

This is a story about a brutal bicycle crash. You’ll soon encounter a crushed chest, a 27-day coma, a hideous therapeutic body cage and other horrible things. You’ll meet a woman who pushed the...

DATE: July 29, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Cyclists vs. cars: Locked forever in life-and-death struggle for right of way

I’m trying to stay calm, but I can see what’s happening:The driver behind me is speeding up to pass just before the roundabout. He’ll squeeze me out and then hit the brakes, causing me to do the...

DATE: July 15, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

Spring break: Kenya or Cancun beaches?

Before you read this, you’ll need to get off your grumpy couch.You off it? OK, please read on.It seems that we Americans tend to spend a lot of time on that couch, despite all our advantages....

DATE: July 8, 2012 | COLUMN: John Peel

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