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1996 Stories by Steve Jackson

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  • His Life

    published November 28, 1996

    The sun was beginning its descent behind the mountains when Vinh Ngoc Le stepped out into the backyard of his Aurora home. He inhaled the crisp,... More >>

  • Below the Belt

    published November 7, 1996

    Former Durango mayor Jeff Morrissey is accused of striking a low blow in the fight for a controversial southern Colorado water project that he... More >>

  • Last Call

    published October 31, 1996

    It's been eighteen months since Bobby Hornbuckle sat in the same muted yellow light that now filters through the windows of Ziggie's Saloon,... More >>

  • The Unknown Sailors

    published October 17, 1996

    Three men pause on a path that winds through Fort Logan National Cemetery. On the fresh-mowed lawn before them, row after row of uniform... More >>

  • Heaven Helps Him

    published October 17, 1996

    Psychology professor Arthur C. Jones stepped onto the stage of a University of Denver auditorium as some 200 students and teachers grew silent in... More >>

  • Wade in the Water

    published October 3, 1996

    Colorado's governor and lieutenant governor have waded into the fight over the proposed Animas-La Plata water project in southwestern Colorado.... More >>

  • Athlete, Artist, Indian Chief

    published September 12, 1996

    United States Senator Benjamin "Ben" Nighthorse Campbell is working the crowd at the Colorado State Fair when a man approaches with his hand... More >>

  • Knock-Knock

    published September 5, 1996

    One Saturday last month, Sharon Storlie answered a knock at her apartment door. It was a young salesman, about thirteen years old, hawking the... More >>

  • Sanctuary

    published August 15, 1996

    It was a hot July morning, and the Reverend Robert Woolfolk mopped at the sweat that beaded on his dark brown face with a white handkerchief. With... More >>

  • Home Boys

    published August 8, 1996

    Jim Lucero opens the small white booklet to a crude map with black boxes representing buildings, most of which no longer stand. Facing north, he... More >>

  • Bum Steer

    published August 1, 1996

    Howard Cobb drove trucks for nearly thirty years without an accident. His wife, Marion, worked as a bookkeeper, raised their three kids and kept... More >>

  • A Dun Deed

    published June 20, 1996

    Tammy Montabon had high hopes of getting off welfare and finding a job to support herself and her son when she enrolled at Barnes Business College... More >>

  • Rough Waters

    published June 13, 1996

    The wind people tug violently at the white flag above the corral's only entrance--on the east side, as is proper. The flag proclaims that this is... More >>

  • Another Insurance Nightmare

    published May 23, 1996

    Is the man who attacked you on the night of April 12, 1993, in this courtroom?" Heather Smith hesitated for a moment before taking her eyes... More >>

  • Growing, Growing, Gone

    published May 16, 1996

    The skeletons of two large greenhouses stand at the back of Roy Obluda's property. "I've been a little slow tearing them down," he says.... More >>

  • Study Break

    published May 9, 1996

    Students left out in the cold when Barnes Business College closed its doors last August may find their student loans forgiven by the state. ... More >>

  • It Happens

    published April 18, 1996

    Walter Plywaski placed the blue yarmulke on his head. A Jew by ethnicity but an atheist by choice, he rarely wore the symbol of faith. But... More >>

  • I Think I Can, I Think I Can

    published April 18, 1996

    Tom Anthony has a dream: of lozenge-shaped, four-person vehicles that cruise an elevated rail on demand, delivering passengers around the metro... More >>

  • Voices of Doom

    published April 11, 1996

    If Colorado experiences an increase in the number of prisoners on death row, the condemned may have convicted killer Thomas Luther and a... More >>

  • Occupational Hazards

    published April 4, 1996

    With layoffs looming, AT&T has been offering courses for employees exploring second careers--including "floraculture" instruction in the company's... More >>

  • Life ... And Death ... On The Run

    published March 14, 1996

    The 1995 green Camaro Z28 roared out of the dark hills at 95 miles an hour, barreling east on Interstate 70 toward the coming sunrise. Behind it... More >>

  • Second-Degree Burn (Part I)

    published February 29, 1996

    The pen moved across the page as though guided by someone else's hand, leaving fragmented thoughts and raw emotions. Sometimes it seemed that... More >>

  • Second-Degree Burn (Part II)

    published February 29, 1996

    After Byron Powers's slip, the court wasn't going to chance Debrah Snider making the same mistake when the prosecution called her to the... More >>


    published February 7, 1996

    Megan Ross shifted uncomfortably in her seat. She was growing impatient and leaned over to peek into the basket on the floor by her side. ... More >>


    published January 24, 1996

    part 2 of 2 On April 20, Debrah came home from work and found Tom pacing about in her kitchen. Over the preceding weeks, she'd heard him make... More >>

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