Opinion

Antiquities Act: Bishop bill would enable administration to reduce size of national monuments

The House Natural Resources Committee has taken a first look at a bill that would limit future national monument designations and give presidents the authority to alter monuments. The bill was...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Editorial advisers: New board will help with transparency and diversity of views in our opinions

What do a young real estate entrepreneur, a public health professional, a rural conservative father, rancher and businessman, an energy industry advocate, a journalism and multimedia studies...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Improvements: Airport plan to use operating profits for small improvements a positive step

A year ago voters were in no mood to commit to providing $40 million or so to construct a new and much larger Durango-La Plata County airport terminal in a new location on the east side of the...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Garden Project: Manna hosts annual feast featuring harvest from local growers

Introducing students to the satisfaction of raising their own garden crops is the goal of the Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, now in its 17th year. With gardens at Needham Elementary, Manna...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Yucca House: Land deal would solve longstanding access issue to this isolated site

Thank you to the Montezuma County commissioners for voting not to block a land donation that will allow improved access to the tiny Yucca House National Monument southwest of Cortez. Thanks are due...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Special session: Hospital district, regional transit victims of partisan legislative games

This week’s special legislative session, aimed at correcting a marijuana-tax error, accomplished exactly nothing good, and the stubbornness of a few GOP committee members will mean some Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Solar Home Tour: It’s time to get out of the conference room and check out the power of the sun

La Plata Electric Association deserves credit for being responsive to member interest in increasing the amount of renewable energy in its mix. The co-op (and the city of Durango) is in a tough...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Good karma: Local foundations, with local support, are bringing good changes to Asia

A pair of September fundraisers just reminded us how fortunate we are here in La Plata County. Not just for the high standards of our health, economy and education, but also for our unique...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bayfield DMV: La Plata County should look into creative ways to keep the office open

With the La Plata commissioners beginning their discussions of the 2018 county budget early this week, we hope that one line item, the continuation of motor vehicle registration services at the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public Lands Day: Manage resources for Americans, not for the profits of corporate ‘citizens’

Public lands are among our greatest treasures, and our shared ownership of them is one of this nation’s greatest strengths. Americans celebrate National Public Lands Day today in a political...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sand Canyon: While not overwhelmingly welcome, plans for adequate parking are overdue

A parking lot at Sand Canyon? What a novel idea, considering that right now there isn’t one at the most popular spot in all the 176,000 acres of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Some...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Child care: Affordable, high-quality child care is a community and economic issue

Are we approaching a crisis or are we already there? Four stories in the Herald over the past six months point to a lack of affordable day care in Durango and the region, a dearth of spots for kids...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials