Many Moons Ago

Monday, Jan. 10, 1983 commemorated the last payment on the Vallecito Dam Project. Pictured are: Irrigation District board member, Rex Richmond, Durango Bureau Director John Brown, Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Leonard C. Burch and Irrigation District president Ed Lane as they set fire to the 40-year mortgage. This photo first appeared in the January 14, 1983, edition of the Southern Ute Drum.
Ignacio’s 130-pound wrestler, Adrian Abeyta sets up a move against his Belen opponent during competition in Aztec, N.M. Abeyta posted four wins against no losses in the Jan. 4 meet. This photo first appeared in the January 8, 2003, edition of the Southern Ute Drum.
Lindsay Box, education coordinator with the Southern Ute Cultural Department, shows tribal elders how to make tamales on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, with the help of (left) Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate Tauri Raines. This photo first appeared in the January 11, 2013, edition of the Southern Ute Drum.
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