Andrew Gulliford

Position: Special to the Herald

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Tale of a transferred transfer station: Talking trash in San Juan County, Utah

Nobody can dispute the dollars. Or the slap at Native peoples. In a sordid history of broken treaties with tribes, this has a new twist – taking away a transfer station (or a waste dump) that the...

DATE: April 11, 2021 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

A mosaic, not a melting pot: La Plata County and immigrants

Some bumper stickers read: “Colorado native.” Others offer: “Not native, but I got here as fast as I could.” We are a state of immigrants. Immigrants built the roads and bridges, worked in the...

DATE: March 13, 2021 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Keeping the ancients warm: Ancestral Puebloans created turkey feather blankets

I love seeing turkeys in ponderosa woods, moving slowly uphill like priests absorbed in morning prayers. At twilight, they are dark shapes seeking acorns and insects, always leaving their...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2021 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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 Station and a...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Lost and hungry scouts: A Mormon Christmas story

When we think of Christmas Eve, we think of glowing fires, comfortable couches, a glass of eggnog, families sheltered inside safe and warm. For four Mormon scouts in southeast Utah during that cold...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

Bears in the woods: Social distancing with big bruins

Now, don’t get me wrong. I like bears, but at a distance. Say, as a brown dot in my binoculars. Or in children’s books or as film stars in funny, animated movies, but not in camp. Bears belong in...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

An elk hunter welcomes wolves

Though elk numbers are alarmingly low in the San Juan Mountains, I am an elk hunter who welcomes the return of wolves to Colorado. Why would I want to compete for elk meat with another top-tier...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

The passing of a Pueblo elder: Remembering Peter Pino

When I learned that my friend Peter Pino had passed on from complications of coronavirus I was devastated. I took a long walk at twilight remembering Peter’s quiet way of speaking and his...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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 each of...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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 away for over a...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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 Cassidy and...

DATE: June 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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 need history and...

DATE: May 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Gulliford's Travels

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