Dear Readers, When we launched almost three years ago, we introduced the San Juan Independent to you with a simple vision: We believe… – that small towns have big stories. – that journalism is a community service. – that a better informed community is a better community. – that quality beats clutter. Our goal has always been to send …
By Erin McElroy | 1/20/17
A post-inaugural personal statement.
A Poem by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer | 1/20/17
I’m junk but I’m still holding up/ This little wild bouquet/ Democracy is coming to the USA. – Leonard Cohen, Democracy By Samantha Wright | 1/20/17 Last fall, Hillary Clinton inspired my daughter Molly to run for student council president at the Ouray Middle School. Molly won. Hillary didn’t. This Friday, as Donald J. Trump puts his hand on Lincoln’s bible and gets sworn …
By Alec Jacobson | 1/20/17
On the night that votes were being tallied in America, I was eating mole on a rooftop in Oaxaca … Overnight, both the US State Department and my mom had raised their travel warnings for Mexico a notch, but the only anti-American sentiment I saw in a month of driving was from a group of ex-pats in San Miguel de Allende – aging artists with anti-Trump signs and badly translated flyers. Diego, in Mexico City, was angry at Enrique Pena Nieto, his own president, for sitting down with a candidate who so clearly lacked respect for Mexico. A hotel owner in Oaxaca City who had studied in Oregon said that maybe it would be good for America to feel a little shame.
As entertaining as the political happenings in American can be, it is easy to forget that the Red vs. Blue game has real implications. While politics has devolved into little more than reality TV, quite literally in the case of Trump, it contains something that shows like The Apprentice never have: reality. Sure, we might get the occasional statistic regarding …
By Alec Jacobson | 1/18/17
A pair of dueling ballot initiatives are making their way through Telluride to determine the fate of the Town’s eastern land holdings.
By Cary Carswell, High Country News | Reprinted with permission 1/16/17
What the President-elect can — and can’t — do when it comes to water, coal and climate change.
By Alec Jacobson | 8/23/16
Rainbows come from around the world, but they are most often “travelers,” hitching rides and hopping the rails in an east/west wave back and forth to gatherings, trim season and random whims. Some caravan, carrying kitchen supplies in busses that stock up at food pantries and cook for the hungry.
By Alec Jacobson | 8/8/16
Indian Camp Ranch, a 1,200-acre subdivision on a ridge near Cortez, Colo. with a unique attraction. Each of its 31 plots has been platted to include Ancestral Puebloan (aka Anasazi) ruins.