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Southwest Life
Andrew Gulliford
Position: Fort Lewis College

Driving the Loneliest Road in America

A trip across the vast expanse of the Great Basin

Willa Cather, Mesa Verde and Southwestern literature

Captivated by the Ancient Ones, novelist reshaped writing about the West

Becoming Colorado: 100 objects that illuminate the state’s vivid history and people

Imagine trying to define our state’s diverse history and culture by carefully choosing 100 objects selected from History Colorado’s 15 million documents, photographs and artifacts. Then, on...

Lake Powell’s future: As water recedes, new opportunities for recreation

Lake Powell, the blue-green gem of the Colorado River and one of the 20th century triumphs of the Bureau of Reclamation, is in trouble. Not a lake but a reservoir, its shrinking water level...

Stories in stone: Guide Rickey Hayes interprets the past at Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park

One of our archaeological treasures in the Four Corners is Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park. All visitors must be accompanied by an official Native guide and one of the best is Rickey Hayes, who...

Western Slope congressional leaders: Let history be the judge

Over the decades, we have had effective, powerful congressional leaders from Colorado’s Western Slope – educated leaders who sought collaboration and compromise, and who put their constituen...

Amache concentration camp commencement: Honoring internee Marion Konishi

In protest of racism in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus. Twelve years earlier, Marion Konishi gave a speech. Who was Marion Konishi and why is...

The challenging task of changing place names on public lands

Last month, the Department of the Interior asked for nominations for a new Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names. The goal is to replace derogatory names on millions of acres a...

A dark day for democracy

Teaching the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

The Bears Ears shuffle

Preservation vs. exploitation in southeast Utah, a five-year review

Harry Goulding, Monument Valley, Hollywood and yellowcake

A Durango man’s complicated legacy on the Navajo Nation

Scourge of the West: ‘Wild’ vs. feral horses on public lands

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has it wrong. Like other well-meaning, environmental-leaning Americans, he thinks that wild horses on federal public lands deserve special considerations. It’s time...