Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: johnp@durangoherald.com

About: John Peel was Features Editor at The Durango Herald

Warm greetings from this side of the world

Hello from the Nepal outback. It's a 5-minute walk to a place where you can see the mountains of the Tibet border. We've been welcomed many, many times now by traditional dances of the people of...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: John Peel

Durangoan feels heat of Kenyan election

As the Kenyan election dissolved into chaos around him, Ben Grazda took it all in. Was a Kenyan civil war about to break out? The Durango native was hopeful it wouldn't, but he wasn't sure. Not 3...

DATE: May 25, 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

Investor high on Stoner

Music, marijuana venture in works at old townsite

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

This weekend, events are all about the harvest

By Darrin ParmenterWeekends in this corner of the state are never long enough. Between the festivals, arts, outdoors and sports, it’s hard to fit it all in.Well, Colorado State University Extension...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Get Growing

Always ‘right’?

IGNACIO – In a Hollywood kind of way, one can feel the drama:It’s January and J. Paul Brown is walking out the door, on his way to tell fellow Republicans he isn’t going to run. His wife, Debbie,...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Friends step up to help Durango family

One day she was overseeing the Durango city pool and, when not working, taking care of two little kids.The next day, the 31-year-old was lying comatose in a Denver hospital with clotted blood...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Beyond Durango: A Summer Detour Living large in the Lone Star State

WASKOM, Texas – Seriously, you’re not into Texas for two seconds when the theme is set.Everything is big here. Everything.With a state and a mindset so huge – how can I be nice about this? – people...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Even now, civil rights is a hot issue in Deep South Alabama

SELMA, Ala. – The afternoon sun cooks my uncovered head. Below, to my left, the lazy, mud-brown Alabama River flows by. To my right, rusted trucks zip past within reach of the narrow sidewalk.The...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Beyond Durango: A Summer Detour NASCAR: Some folks lap it up

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mix one part pro wrestling-type hype, one part raw power and one part mind-numbing circuits of a half-mile track. What do you get?It’s hard to say exactly. But this much we know:...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

‘Freedom' on the rise in Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY – A stranger shoves a thin booklet of glossy photos into my hand and begins explaining them. Here's the World Trade Center before, here it is after, from this angle …My first reaction...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel

Life seen through the fog of a high mountaintop in Maine

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine – I knew I’d reached the exposed saddle only because the wind now was whipping and snapping a pack strap on my cheek.Blue dashes painted onto the rock and periodic cairns...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: John Peel