Opinion

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71st General Assembly: Legislative session touted as most production in years

The recently adjourned 71st session of the Colorado General Assembly moved the state forward on a variety of fronts, to a degree not seen in previous years, thanks to a willingness to compromise by...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Public Lands Day: A great day to be outside, enjoy and get informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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LPEA election: Two new board members gain seats amid one considerable loss of talent

The La Plata Electric Association board has gained the energetic coordinator of Fort Lewis College’s Environmental Center who has degrees in biology and environmental studies, and a background in...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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River walk: Saturday’s event a perfect time to honor local law enforcement past and present

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week in which it falls every year – this week for 2017 – is recognized as National...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Suicide awareness: Summit is a start, but there is much to be learned to help those most in need

The presenter at last week’s suicide awareness session at Miller Middle School made clear how important it is to speak up when sensing that someone may be contemplating taking his or her own life,...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Western Excelsior: Fire was a disaster, an opportunity and an important lesson

The fire at Western Excelsior is a major disaster not only for the company and its employees, but for the Town of Mancos. It is also an opportunity. Not one Mancos would have sought, but one that...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Crafted beverages: Thirsty travelers to benefit from new promotion of crafted beverage culture

Travelers seeking to experience the true flavor of a place are getting a helping hand from a unique marketing effort, “Crafted Beverages of SW Colorado,” launched last week by the Durango Area...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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BLM headquarters: Agency needs to improve its decision processes, but a move will not do that

Last week, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) introduced legislation into their respective chambers to authorize moving the Bureau of Land Management’s Washington, D.C.,...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Smoke screen: President’s ill-timed dismissal of Comey calls for special prosecutor investigation

A fair and transparent election process is at the core of the democratic process. It must exist at every level of government, and it especially cannot be threatened by foreign leaders. For our...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Rig to flip: Even seasoned boaters need to take Santa Rita’s new rapids seriously

Last week the city of Durango issued a statement urging Animas River users to practice caution due to a new set of rapids at Santa Rita Park. The city might be better served by a billboard erected...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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San Juan Wilderness: The act, overdue for support and passage by Congress, gets another try

Springtime is the season of renewal, so it is appropriate that efforts to pass the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act are ramping up right now. Introduced in 2009 and last considered by Congress in...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Childhood poverty rates affect Southwest Colorado

The future of children growing up in poverty is bleak in many ways. Such children are at risk for poor health, low educational achievement, teen pregnancy and remaining impoverished as adults. ...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials