Opinion

Purgatory: Good for us James Coleman’s business model prioritizes family and recreation

Purgatory’s season is coming to a close this weekend with free lift tickets both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t an easy winter, by any means, and owner James Coleman and his snowmaking and mountain...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Real, local news matters: A community’s strength depends on a strong press

The annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, and as usual, they include examples of exceptional journalism: sexual harassment in major industries, the senate race in Alabama, white...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 5 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Childhood poverty: Invest in kids to improve their well-being and grow healthy communities

Child poverty persists in La Plata and Montezuma counties despite low unemployment,” the headline read (Herald, April 1 ). That’s just one nutshell of information from the “2018 KIDS COUNT in...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA election: Cooperative is a complex business demanding knowledge and experience

Ballots for the annual La Plata Electric Association election will be mailed next week, and all three incumbents in La Plata County have challengers. With LPEA delivering safe and reliable power...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: Both fire prevention and response funds are necessary and should not compete

The $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress in time to avert a government shut down last month includes something western states have long wanted: money dedicated specifically to fighting...

DATE: April 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fuel efficiency: EPA emissions rollback will hurt rural pocketbooks, fuel economy and clean air

The Environmental Protection Agency, under its embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced last week that it will roll back Obama-era emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Those...

DATE: April 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

River of Lost Souls: The people and land of the Animas river watershed tie history to today

From an early age, Jonathan Thompson wanted to be a writer. Today, he makes a distinction between being a journalist reporting on events — something he’s done since signing on with the Silverton...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Import tariffs: Trade policy can cost and save jobs, have unintended consequences for communities

Controlling trade is one of the ways President Donald Trump intends to fulfill his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” By levying tariffs on the importation of goods that can be produced...

DATE: April 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trail etiquette: Respecting and sharing the land should be a source of pride for all Durangoans

Though our mild winter would suggest otherwise, March 20 marked the Vernal Equinox and the official first day of spring. It’s a good time to remember that everyone’s enjoyment of our trails, and...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Child care crisis: Groups addressing regionwide crisis, complex social and community issues

Two-year old Kaliyah Martinez lost her young life last month. Her father, Kristopher Martinez, unable to find a babysitter or affordable child care, brought her to work. Most have read what...

DATE: April 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Annika Lewis: Teen gains a worldwide view, shines a global spotlight on rural Colorado

Kudos to 15-year-old Montezuma-Cortez High School student Annika Lewis for representing rural U.S. women at the 2018 session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (Herald, Feb. 25 ). Kudos,...

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SJBPH: 70 years helping residents achieve their highest potential for health, well-being

National Public Health Week kicks off on Monday. To mark the occasion and 70 years of working to protect human and environmental health, and inspire well-being in the communities they serve, San...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials