Peter Shelton

A Death in Colona

Posted in Animal Dreams, Watch columns by pshelton on January 25, 2013

We first saw her nibbling saltbrush outside the living room window. She was a small-to-medium sized doe with a scraggly winter coat, long eyelashes and huge, scanner ears. (more…)

Winter Storm Gandolf

Posted in Road Trips West, Watch columns, Weather & Climate by pshelton on January 18, 2013

I came into the breakfast room at the Best Western motel in Burley, Idaho, to find seven FedEx drivers eating biscuits and gravy and fiddling with their hand-held devices.

We were all stranded. (more…)

A Live-In Work of Art

Posted in Uncategorized by pshelton on January 13, 2013

The front door of the house opens into a gallery, a high, white-walled room that was once the center bay of the barn. Antonio Marra’s abstract sculptures people the space. There are bronzes and plaster studies that have yet to be cast. Some were inspired by the movement, and womanly forms, of ballet dancers Marra observed in his past life in New York City. Others recall great angular slabs of sandstone sheared from the cliffs in canyon country west of Ridgway, the sculptor’s new home. (more…)

100 Names for Snow

Posted in Watch columns, Weather & Climate by pshelton on January 12, 2013

This week’s lexicon: snow on cars.

The other day after work, I grabbed the scraper and broom thinking I’d need both to prepare my windshield for the drive home. It had snowed lightly during the day in Ridgway; the Saab was dusted all over, like a powdered donut. (more…)

A World of Pain and Magic

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on January 3, 2013

Yesterday, Dec. 29, was my sister Polly’s birthday. She would have been 62. (more…)