January 5, 2010
The execution of El Monte school board member Agustin Roberto "Bobby" Salcedo in the Mexican state of Durango is a horrible reminder that Mexico's drug violence does not belong to Mexico alone. It's ours too. There is the fact that U.S. consumption drives the illicit narcotics trade, of course. But there is also the reality that social and business relationships binding the two countries have resulted in a border that cannot guarantee Americans protection from drug violence. An estimated 1 million American citizens live in Mexico, and many more travel there each year.
October 29, 1995
I enjoyed your articles on Santa Fe and Durango ("Turn, Turn, Turn," Aug. 27). However, there's something that puzzles me: Why would anyone who wants to fly from L.A. to Santa Fe connect in Denver? Surely you realize that Santa Fe is only 55 miles up the interstate from Albuquerque. There is plenty of air service between L.A. and Albuquerque, at lower fares than to Denver. Likewise, why would anyone traveling from L.A. to Durango go through Denver or Phoenix? As writer Steve Cohen mentions, Durango is only 200 miles from Albuquerque.
June 11, 1989
One of Jerry Hulse's "Travel Tips" (May 22, 1988) led us happily to the O-Bar-O Resort in Colorado, near Durango. Owned and operated by former Los Angeles resident Dusty Walker and his wife Claire, this get-away-from-it-all resort has fine accommodations: pine-paneled cabins with kitchenettes and fireplaces. Everything is furnished except for fishing equipment, which can be rented there. In a woodsy setting, each cabin fronts the Florida River, which is well stocked with trout. And there are other activities nearby, including the not-to-be-missed Durango-Silverton rail trip.
March 27, 1994
I hope Rodney Grant is a better actor than he is a film historian. His comments regarding John Wayne and how he treated the Indians in the films he made in Durango, Mexico, are completely baseless (Film Clips, Feb. 27). Grant says that the reason John Wayne made his films in Durango was apparently so that he could treat the Indians badly. Get the facts straight, pal. John Wayne made fewer than 10 pictures in Durango. Of those films, only four featured any character that was an Indian, and, with one exception, they were not shot by Wayne!
December 29, 2009 |
Journalist Bladimir Antuna put up with the death threats. He wasn't afraid of dying, he told friends, but he really didn't want to be tortured. The government assigned bodyguards to the crime reporter for El Tiempo newspaper in Durango, but as time wore on and there were so many other crises, the escorts were withdrawn. A couple of days later, he was snatched by gunmen; his strangled, bruised body was discovered at nightfall. With the corpse was a hand-scrawled message: "This happened to me for giving information to soldiers and writing too much."
June 18, 2013 |
Things are looking up for tourism in Mazatlan, Mexico . The Pacific Coast resort , with 20-plus miles of beaches and dozens of high-end resorts, has long been a favorite with American tourists. Mexico's ongoing drug war, however, caused concern on both sides of the border. But recent infrastructure changes, coupled with an overhaul of Mazatlan's police force, have quieted fears. Now the Mexican Riviera city has just had its best spring season ever and is poised to have a record-breaking summer season, according to tourism bureau statistics.