College professor: I am a professor of History and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado where I teach popular courses on national parks, wilderness and environmental history. I also teach a variety of courses on American history including the American West, museums, public history, and cultural heritage. This is my 14th year at FLC and I enjoy our mix of students who come from all over the United States and from a variety of tribal nations because we are one of the few institutions in the country that has free tuition for Native American and Native Alaskan college students.
Expert Witness on
historic roads and trails: As a
practicing professional public historian, I have now been involved in
four lawsuits related to access issues in Colorado and rights of way
over historic mining trails and roads. Twice I have been retained by
Colorado counties at the request of county attorneys, and twice by
attorneys working with their private clients. As a history professor
proficient in Western and environmental history, I offer a unique
perspective in these cases and I always "groundtruth"each
situation before beginning other kinds of research that involves
government documents, diaries, letters, newspapers, mineral location
certificates, homesteading documents, mining claims, photographs,
etc. I have been privileged to work in Delta, Ouray, San Miguel and
Rio Blanco Counties. Click here for case numbers and details.
Published author of newspaper & magazine columns + books: Writing for the public has always been a passion of mine and I began my journalism career at the age of 14 writing a twice-weekly column for the Lamar Daily News in southeastern Colorado. I am now a monthly columnist for the Durango Herald/Cortez Journal, which makes use of my photographs, and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel where I appear on the editorial page. I also write Southwest Scene with stories and photos for Utah Adventure Journal, and I write about half a dozen columns a year for the "Writers on the Range"series of High Country News which goes out to 55 newspapers across the West. My books include: America's Country Schools, Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, and Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale, which won the Colorado Book Award. I also edited Preserving Western History, which was voted one of the best books on the Southwest by the Tucson-Pima County Library. My newest book which I edited is Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).
Tour leader across the American West: For families and groups I have arranged a variety of tours by van, canoe, raft, horseback, cruise ship, private train and private jet. I work with non-profit environmental and historical organizations to find excellent outfitters to put package tours together for a non-profit's members. Recently I've worked with Rocky Mountain PBS, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, History Colorado, and the San Juan Mountains Association to arrange river and hiking trips by canoes and rafts including trips down the Green and Yampa Rivers through Dinosaur National Monument and down the Grand Canyon. I do not charge a fee for my services and the trips become fundraisers for worthy non-profit organizations. I also do day hikes for groups like Western Colorado Congress and Great Old Broads.
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