Galen Patterson

Durango, Colorado Tops the ‘Charm per Square Inch’ Scale
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Durango, Colorado Tops the ‘Charm per Square Inch’ Scale

By Galen Patterson Durango rests in the southern Rockies like a beautiful, vibrantly-colored piece of coral in a reef. All roads leading into it run through valleys surrounded by the exquisitely carved mountains of the San Juan Range, just on the edge of the San Juan National Forest. Western Colorado has such a distinct geography…

Fake News Rears its Ugly Head during Arcadia Election
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Fake News Rears its Ugly Head during Arcadia Election

how is negative campaigning affecting voters? By Galen Patterson Arcadia’s politicians have a history of clean campaigning. Politicians ran campaigns on their political stances and that used to be enough. “It’s been that way for as long as I can remember,” says Councilman Tom Beck. However, something changed in 2016. The struggle between former Mayor…

Arcadia City Council Recap: Arcadia’s New Local Holiday
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Arcadia City Council Recap: Arcadia’s New Local Holiday

By Galen Patterson City Council met on Mar. 6 in the council chambers for a regular meeting resulting in a new city-wide holiday. The meeting was blessed by Rabbi Shalom Steifel of the Chabad of Arcadia-Temple City, and the pledge of allegiance was led by local hero and 80-plus year Arcadian John “Doc” Wells. Awards…

One of America’s Hidden Gems: The Navajo Reservation
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One of America’s Hidden Gems: The Navajo Reservation

By Galen Patterson A few opening lines of “Moby Dick” read: “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet, and especially whenever my hypos get…

Why 15,982 Arcadians Cannot Vote in This Year’s Election
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Why 15,982 Arcadians Cannot Vote in This Year’s Election

By Galen Patterson Arcadia’s first district-based election is just around the corner, but only 12,370 Arcadians are eligible to vote. Previously, Arcadia handled local elections through a city-wide competition in which all Arcadians of legal voting age were welcomed to vote. However, under new law, only Arcadians living within one of the five districts may…

Arcadia City Council Recap: Weed Abatement and Recycling
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Arcadia City Council Recap: Weed Abatement and Recycling

By Galen Patterson On the evening of Feb. 20, Arcadia’s City Council gathered in the Council Chambers for a short meeting of local legislation. After the customary prayer and pledge of allegiance offered by guest speakers, council was presented with a gift from the Arcadia Chinese Association. The gift, although wrapped in a large box,…

Historic could be Preservation Coming to Arcadia
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Historic could be Preservation Coming to Arcadia

By Galen Patterson The city of Arcadia is in the process of drafting ordinances on historic preservation within the city. Until now, historic preservation has not had any clear boundaries within Arcadia and no ordinance has been adopted yet. Aimed at safeguarding historic districts, structures and buildings, these ordinances are expected to provide defined procedures…

Arcadia City Council Recap: Passports and Preservation
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Arcadia City Council Recap: Passports and Preservation

By Galen Patterson The evening began with a report from the Chief of Arcadia’s police force, Robert Guthrie, about the general state of the city’s crime. According to Chief Guthrie, crime within the city’s limits in January was down in every way compared to last year at this time. Next, Sheriff’s Department power-couple Burton and…

Tallest Building in Arcadia Sells for $25.6M
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Tallest Building in Arcadia Sells for $25.6M

By Galen Patterson The tallest building in Arcadia has been purchased by Positive Investments, Inc. The building, which is home to several Arcadian businesses and anchored by Bank of America, was sold for $25.6 million. Positive Investments, Inc. acquired the building from Farazian Family Trust in an effort to secure high-profile office space within the…

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