10 Years Ago: Southern Ute Royalty members braved the cold for this year’s Snowdown Light Parade the evening of Feb. 4, 2011 aboard a grand float that made its way down Main Avenue in Durango. The annual procession is the high point of the weeklong celebration, which encourages residents to come out and mingle despite the weather. Miss Southern Ute First Alternate Sage Rohde mixes in with the crowd as the floats are finalized and the excitement builds for the parade. This photo was first published in the Feb. 11, 2011, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
20 Years Ago: Acting Tribal Vice-Chairman Byron Red Sr. reads from a plaque that was presented to Corliss Taylor in honor of her service on Tribal Council from 1999-2001 on February 2, 2001. Also honored was Howard D. Richards Sr. for his dedicated service on Tribal Council during his term. This photo was published in the Feb. 9, 2001, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
30 Years Ago: Bud was one of the ten Clydesdale horses on display last week in the Indoor Arena at the Sky Ute Downs. Bud’s handlers answered questions from school aged children and adults alike. Well over 150 people came to take advantage of the free presentation and get their questions answered. This photo was published in the Feb. 8, 1991, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
40 Years Ago: The Ignacio Bobcat wrestlers proved they were the champs by winning the league and district wresting tournaments. The Bobcats were expected to send nine wrestlers to Denver for the 1981 State Championships that followed. Pictured are Lucas Gallegos and Danny Jaques saying “We’re Number One” after the Bobcat victory in Monte Vista. This photo was published in the Feb. 13, 1981, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.