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Smokestacks come down: The end of an era in Page, Arizona

On the morning of Dec. 18, massive simultaneous explosions leveled three huge 775-foot-tall smokestacks at Page, Arizona. It was the end of an era for the Navajo Generating Stati...

Lost and hungry scouts: A Mormon Christmas story

During the Christmas season of 1879, four Mormon scouts navigated the treacherous canyons of Utah to establish Bluff

Bears in the woods: Social distancing with big bruins

Social distancing is the best way to appreciate majestic bruins

An elk hunter welcomes wolves

Reintroduction would restore the ecological balance

The passing of a Pueblo elder: Remembering Peter Pino

He deepened the understanding of Mesa Verde’s past

The Other Four Corners: High in the San Juan National Forest four counties meet

Most everyone has been to the Four Corners Monument with its outdoor concrete patio and granite-and-bronze circle. Tourists sprawl in contorted positions to get both hands and both feet in e...

Cedar Mesa Perishables Project examines 1,000-year-old fiber, wood artifacts

In the 1890s, cowboy archaeologists dug caves in remote sections of Utah’s Bears Ears. They created Basketmaker and Ancestral Puebloan artifact collections that have been hidden a...

Westerners used to wear masks

Because of the coronavirus, we are now asked to wear masks while working and shopping downtown. Westerners used to wear masks a century ago, so the fashion has come back around. Butch Cassid...

As in the Great Depression, today’s economic refugees may take to the road

How do you write a travel column when you cannot travel? How do you write with historical perspective when you are in the middle of an historical moment? Now more than ever, we n...

Adventure seekers: FLC award inspires students to pursue outdoor dreams

Author’s note: Even with a viral pandemic and a downturn in the economy, it is important to plan for the future. Fort Lewis College is doing just that. If Durangoans can’t spend time out...

Pioneering passion for plants: Botanist Alice Eastwood explored the Southwest

The American West has always had extraordinary women, but few of them have stopped to pick the flowers. For Women’s History Month, it is important to remember Alice Eastwood. Thi...

A failed attempt to remove the Southern Utes to San Juan County, Utah

Whenever I hike in Bears Ears National Monument, I think about how it almost became an Native American reservation. Over a century ago, Durango businessmen actively campaigned to...