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Animal welfare: A feel-good tale for the season, the humane society needs our help

Right out of the Twelve Days of Christmas “La Plata County Animal Protection seized one cat, one duck, two chickens, three cows, seven sheep, 13 dogs, 17 pigs and 61 goats,” the story read (Herald,...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mining moves

Nearly one year into the Trump administration, it is impossible to say that one is shocked or surprised by any decision made by the president, or by his cabinet. But it is entirely appropriate to...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mountain spirit: Peak designations honor local, world-class alpinists, their legacy and the land

On Dec. 4,, 2006, Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff missed their flight home from China. The Norwood couple had been climbing deep in a remote mountain valley attempting a new route on Genyen...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

National park fees: Americans shouldn’t be priced out of visiting

The National Park Service has extended the deadline for commenting on a proposal to drastically raise admission fees. Take advantage of the opportunity. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tailwind Nutrition: Grant money will provide a boost to a growing local business in Bayfield

There was a big win recently in Bayfield, but we are not talking about football. Kudos to the Wolverines, of course, for their 2A state title, but the less publicized win came just south of...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SALT reform: Deduction loss may cause real pain for rural Colorado, state and local governments

There is a lot to take issue with the GOP’s rush to pass tax reform legislation. Foremost among our concerns is why, with an almost $20 trillion federal debt, are we even discussing tax cuts?...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Noel night: Shopping locally supports who and what we love in Durango

Although old man winter is late this year, Thanksgiving still kicked off the holiday giving season. Assuming you made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, as Noel Night...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sexual misconduct: Outside the spotlight, harassed and assaulted victims still wield little power

Besides sexual assault, the ever-growing list of media reports about that offense has another common element: prominent men. That’s not because ordinary people from all walks of life don’t face,...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Impact fees: Fire district good will could evaporate without improved planning, messaging

The headline in Wednesday’s paper took us by surprise: “District seeks impact fees.” We did a double-take. It was almost the same headline that ran 11 months ago, in January: “Durango Fire seeks...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

State playoffs: While Demon’s season ended too soon, Bayfield hosts the state 2A title game

Is there such a thing in football as a loss that isn’t too bad? One that doesn’t sting and leave the losing team agonizing over a missed catch or the missed tackle that might have reversed the...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Thanksgiving: Finding family, yours or as part of the community; should be no solitary affair

There is nothing like loss to make one appreciate what we are grateful for. Our community has sustained significant loss recently, in the lives of people we knew and loved to suicide, and in our...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tax reform: It’s necessary, but must be fair, equitable and not further bankrupt our country

What the tax-reform package – if any – that Congress eventually sends to the president will include is anyone’s guess. The possible components of this $1.5 trillion dollar “cut,” though, are lined...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials