Opinion

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Pesticide studies

At the request of Dow Chemical and two other pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration is poised to ignore federal scientists’ findings about the risks of three pesticides. That’s politics...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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One wet year does not justify cuts to federal firefighting funds or crews

In southwest Colorado this past winter, high country snowfall was abundant – overly so, from the viewpoint of mountain dwellers who had few breaks during the season of snow removal. The snowpack is...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Earth Day: Our planet deserves more attention than just one special day in April

For people like Janet Reichl, the Durango woman who for the past 20 years has spent an average of three days per week picking up trash, Earth Day is every day. For the rest of us, it is celebrated...

DATE: April 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Tourism worries

It should go without saying that any U.S. travel ban will reduce incoming travel. That, after all, is the point. But when the Trump administration moved, so far unsuccessfully, to restrict travel...

DATE: April 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Durango Mesa Park: community is invited to share vision and ideas for multi-event center

Marc Katz has given La Plata County residents an extraordinary opportunity to help shape the future of a sizeable acreage on Durango’s south east side. Katz has done what governments should do but...

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Tire store closes, but its historic building will remain

The expression, “It’s the end of an era,” is overused. But it applies to the closure and sale of Model Tire Store on Main Avenue. It was already a tire store before it took on the Model name in...

DATE: April 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Vaccine opt-outs that make the opt-out process even easier is unnecessary and puts kids at risk

The Colorado state senate will consider a bill that allows parents to use a letter rather than a form to opt out of immunizing their children against certain preventable diseases. Senate Bill 250,...

DATE: April 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Wheeling, Montoya and Landis ready for a challenging local energy landscape

The La Plata Electric Association’s board of 12 has four of its board seats up for election each year. La Plata County candidates live in specific districts and are voted on by district. Here are...

DATE: April 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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While the runoff will be big this year, future water availability is uncertain

There were only a couple of certainties expressed at last week’s annual water meeting: that boating on the Dolores is taking place in some of the coldest water in the state, and that more beer than...

DATE: April 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Volleyball tournament results in big wins for girls and local economies

On paper, it looks like a daunting enterprise. But thanks to Terene Foutz and the coaches, volunteers, parents and players with the Four Corners Volleyball Club – with plenty of help from the...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Little free libraries build community, spark creativity and inspire millions of readers worldwide

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a love of reading. There is nothing like a library full of books to spark one’s imagination and the great sense of possibility they inspire. A...

DATE: April 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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North Main construction delays are inconvenient, but the results should benefit all

Yes, right now north Main Avenue is a mess. There is an ongoing CDOT project to rehabilitate the roadway, and an unexpected but necessary repair to the bridge over Junction Creek. Add additional...

DATE: April 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial