Since March 1998, I have written a history column for the Daily Camera. My "beat" is Boulder history, and l write about people and places in the city's past.
Below is a link to the Camera and a list of recent articles. I've also contributed to the Coloradan (the University of Colorado's alumni magazine) and have freelanced for a number of national and international publications from the California Mining Journal to the British magazine Cornish World.
"Using the Media in Cold Case Research" (pages 30-32) in the 2012 July-August issue of Evidence Technology Magazine, is an excerpt from my recent book, Cold Case Research: Resources for Unidentified, Missing, and Cold Homicide Cases.
Stories from the few past years:
DNA aided '50s Jane Doe case, April 14, 2013
After traveling the world, Jane Sewall wrote about Boulder, March 31, 2013
Hazel Schmoll made a name for herself as a female scientist, March 17, 2013
Boulder foodies first tasted Furr's 50 years ago, March 3, 2013
'Railroad war' culminated in killing of judge, February 17, 2013
Physician made lifelong contribution to Boulder community, February 3, 2013
"Gun-woman" a jack-of-all-trades in Allenspark, January 20, 2013
Longtime resident reflects on Boulder living, wrangling, January 6, 2013
Silver spoon for baby's first Christmas, December 23, 2012
Well-known geologist's house highlights home tour, December 2, 2012
Mother keeps Sid Wells' memory alive, November 25, 2012 (PHOTO BELOW, Shauna Redford and Sid Wells at the Navy ROTC ball at the University of Colorado, March 7, 1980. Courtesy June Menger.)
Club honored Boulder's WWI veterans, November 11, 2012
Colorado women set standard in vote process, October 28, 2012
Early Boulder street names, October 14, 2012
Sheriff discusses brother's murder––in 1892, September 30, 2012
Loop tour combines fall colors, history, September 23, 2012
Boulder surf band soared to new heights, September 16, 2012
Tourists rode train to "the top of the world," September 2, 2012
Durgin recalls Margaret Thatcher's visit to Boulder, August 19, 2012 (reprinted by the Margaret Thatcher Foundation)
Glaciers drew summer tourists to Boulder County, August 5, 2012
A story of community, dynamite, and arson; Engine #30 set in Central Park 60 years ago, July 22, 2012
Ward's phone system recalled by Ray Cordsen, July 8, 2012
Annual CMF continues tradition of patriotism and pops, June 24, 2012
Gold Hill Inn retains flavor and spirit of its founders, June 10, 2012
Gahm sisters served their country during WWII, May 27, 2012
|Economics a factor in reopening Bueno mine, May 13, 2012
Walks and talks highlight CU's variety of trees, April 29, 2012
Camera editor spoke of hope after Titanic disaster, April 15, 2012
Reconfigured star became cross at Easter, April 2, 2012
Boulder historians, amateur and professional, to reap rewards of 1940 census, March 18, 2012
S&H Green Stamps stretched budgets to cover luxuries, March 4, 2012
U.S. Presidential visits to Boulder were warm and brief, February 19, 2012
How CU got placed in Boulder County, February 5, 2012
Eyewitness remembered Ward fire, January 22, 2012
Toll road to Denver opened 60 years ago, January 8, 2012
Christmases Past: Dancing and dining in Boulder, December 25, 2011
Historic Boulder calendar highlights mining towns, December 11, 2011
Corson, An Early Community Contributor, November 27, 2011
Pearl Street's namesake remains a mystery, November 13, 2011.
Peter Housel judged well by posterity, October 30, 2011
Ward Post Office was one of county's oldest, October 16, 2011
Sunshine School & Pilot Mine Recall the Past, October 2, 2011
Boulder County mining town names recall people, places, September 18, 2011
Gulch named for Ralph Waldo Emerson, September 4, 2011
Names aptly describe Boulder County towns, August 21, 2011
Caribou hike offers boomtown ruins and flowers, August 7, 2011
Colorado's first laws were made in Gold Hill, July 24, 2011
Craven reflects on welcoming era of the 1950s, July 10, 2011
Ansel Adams America blends photography and music, June 26, 2011
Broadway in Motion walking tour is a trip back in time, June 12, 2011
Flood turned Smith into "raving maniac," May 29, 2011
Olin Hatfield Chilson had a long and illustrious career, May 15, 2011
Narrow-gauge railroad connected Boulder with mountains, May 1, 2011
Poor farm and hospital helped the needy, April 17, 2011
Emma Fairhurst known for fireplace of ore specimens, April 3, 2011
Restaurant owners' dream twice destroyed by fire, March 20, 2011
Boulder was early in -- late out -- of Prohibition, March 6, 2011
Attorney M.M. Rinn had long career in Boulder, Februrary 20, 2011
Guidebooks gave advice to early prospectors, February 6, 2011
Sheriff John A Jester was a miner, merchant, and lawman, January 23, 2011
Keystone Ranch was Boulder County's first farm, January 9, 2011
Camera's longtime location recalls the past, December 26, 2010
Homegrown decorations spruced up Pearl Street in the 1930s, December 12, 2010
Roy Spore's murder has never been solved, November 28, 2010
After owners moved, so did pets' resting places, November 14, 2010
Colorado women voted ahead of the country, October 31, 2010
Bench will be final memorial for Boulder Jane Doe, October 17, 2010
Firehouse preserved as a pottery lab, October 3, 2010
Snowbound shaft house can never be replaced, September 19, 2010
Wait for a bus and learn about the past, September 5, 2010
Former bar owner reflects on the Sink and Tulagi, August 22, 2010
Ewing farmhouse is still standing, August 8, 2010
Thomas Riha's disappearance has never been solved, July 25, 2010
Chapman Drive was built as a scenic circle loop, July 11, 2010
Cottage camps catered to tourists of the 1930s, June 27, 2010
CMF: "A good idea whose time has come," in 1979, June 20, 2010
Hippies clashed with Boulder residents in the late 1960s, June 13, 2010
Auto campers welcomed with free city facilities, June 6, 2010
Robert T. Bryan, Boulder's last Civil War veteran/ active in Memorial Day activities, May 30, 2010
Teen led the way in memorializing Vietnam veterans, May 23, 2010
Movie theaters were downtown for decades, May 16, 2010
Newlands neighborhood has deep roots, May 9, 2010
Sheriff Capp saved prisoners from lynching, May 2, 2010
Nellie Bly left her namesake in Boulder County, April 25, 2010
Students and sweethearts called Vetsville home, April 18, 2010
Cigar-store Indian's missing hand remains a mystery, April 11, 2010
"Reveille with Beverly" cheered troops in the 1940s, April 4, 2010
Historians use census records to look into the past, March 28, 2010
Boulder called itself the "Athens of the West," March 21, 2010
Prospector Indian Jack died in poverty, March 14, 2010
Dogs were either loved or hated in Boulder's past, March 7, 2010
Boulder High School brick commemorates Wood family, February 28, 2010
Eben G. Fine was Boulder's biggest promoter, February 21, 2010
County records survived 1932 Boulder courthouse fire, February 14, 2010
Dee Demmon reflects on 100 years, February 7, 2010
Antoinette Bigelow earned the respect of CU women, January 31, 2010
Joseph Halpern's family continues search for lost hiker, January 24, 2010
Boulder-Colorado Sanitarium at Mount Sanitas drew health-seekers, January 17, 2010
Boulder nearly doubled in the 1950s, January 10, 2010
Dock Teegarden's love of the West spanned nine decades, January 3, 2010
"Broadway in Motion" featured in new transit stop shelters, December 27, 2009
Decades ago, Boulder promoted mild winters, December 20, 2009
Point Frankeberger recalls father and daughter engineers, December 13, 2009
Mickey Mouse decorations drew shoppers downtown in 1936, December 6, 2009
Boulder's red light district eventually faded away, November 29. 2009
Guggenheim Law Building was senator's gift to Boulder, November 22, 2009
New music at First Methodist Church leaves legacy for the future, November 15, 2009
Coal miner's marker once visible from U.S. 36, November 8, 2009
Boulderado's original stained glass ceiling gave way to modernization, November 1, 2009
History repeated in rehabilitation of Jamestown Town Hall, October 25, 2009
Helen Gilman's handicap a "psychic gift," October 18, 2009
CU Medical School cadavers buried in Columbia Cemetery, October 11, 2009
Shep, the "Turnpike Dog," remembered, October 4, 2009
Boulder – Estes – Nederland tour reveals history and fall colors, September 27, 2009
Forrest Jones is a legend in Sunshine, September 20, 2009
Ellenor Hacker took out the trash and disappeared for 11 years, September 13, 2009
Niwot echoes its past as a railroad town, September 6, 2009
Boulder's first women taxi drivers were a hit, August 30, 2009
Collected Rocky Mt. News stories tell Colorado history, August 23, 2009
Missing and unidentified need our help, August 9, 2009
Lifelong love affair with Eldora, July 26, 2009
Boulder Canyon's "Perfect Tree" was a tourist attraction, July 12, 2009
Underground architecture disproves urban legend, July 5, 2009
20 years ago, the CMF explored the American Scene, June 21, 2009
Boulder's centennial year included "round-up" against polio, June 7, 2009
Bolder Boulder – A Race Through Time, May 24, 2009
Hannah Barker's home, life to be acknowledged, May 10, 2009.
Bootlegging thrived when Boulder was dry, April 26, 2009.
Casey's walls recall school's history, April 19, 2009.
Allen Lefferdink left empty pockets, April 12, 2009.
Mission-style architecture still evident in Boulder, March 29, 2009.
Exposed tracks provide glimpse into the past, March 8, 2009.
Boulder's mountain landscape impressed early visitors, March 1, 2009.
Colorado's first schoolhouse was in Boulder, February 15, 2009.
In 1909, Emma Brookfield was Boulder's oldest old-timer, February 1, 2009.
Wind fanned flames in Ward fire of 1900, January 11, 2009.
Boulderado dining room marks 100 years, January 4, 2009.
Kate Alexander was Miss Merry Christmas 50 years ago, December 21, 2008.
Boulder's municipal Christmas tree was a community icon, December 7, 2008.
"Talkies" were an escape from financial crisis, November 23, 2008.
Editor Bixby favored independent bookstores, November 9, 2008.
Gold Hill Club marks town's past, October 26, 2008.
Tom Horn stars in Meet the Spirits, October 12, 2008.
Previous topics include: agriculture, art, colorful characters, crime, disasters, education, health, holidays, mining, politics, preservation, recreation, religion, sports, tourism, transportation, war, weather, and women.
My articles in the COLORADAN have included the following topics: buildings, deans, football, professors, engineering, entertainers, housing, medical school, murders, student publications, trees, World War II, and a 5-part series on the history of the CU Alumni Association.
In addition, I wrote 12 interpretive panels on various aspects of Boulder history that are displayed on the city's Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall.