Opinion

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Trees are the answer for Durango’s Arbor Day celebration

Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, though the observance varies from state to state depending on the best time to plant and tend trees. Colorado’s Arbor Day was...

DATE: April 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Chamber building purchase makes sense; parks must remain a priority

When something goes wrong or ends differently than expected, we may say, “The best laid plans (of mice and men) often go awry,” without knowledge of Robert Burns and this translation of his 1786...

DATE: April 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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LPEA vote on renewable energy is a step in the right, and future, direction

The unanimous vote last week by members of La Plata Electric Association’s board to double the amount of electricity from renewables is an indication of the changing mood locally, as well as...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorial

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Shutting down pesticide studies will not make health risks to humans disappear

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 is 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 24, 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: President’s travel ban is discouraging far more tourists than terrorists

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