Opinion

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Every Kid Outdoors

Kudos to Rep. Scott Tipton for recommending that a good government program be made permanent. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, asks the Department of the...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Animas tubing: Death of Albuquerque man rescued in the river raises timely questions

Manuel Gallegos of Albuquerque was just looking for a fun way to cool off. A Sunday afternoon tubing trip down the Animas River was the ticket, until Gallegos fell off his tube below Smelter Rapid...

DATE: July 22, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 38 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Lower Dolores D-minus: Low flows hamper native fish, trout

Conservation Colorado’s grade of D-minus for the Lower Dolores River must be put into context. Conservation Colorado is an environmental organization, and the score is not based on how well the...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Solar eclipse: How will Durango celebrate?

Five weeks from now, a 70-mile wide strip across the U.S. will turn dark during daylight hours. It will be what is being called the Great American Eclipse (never mind that the eclipse will travel...

DATE: July 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Voter fraud: Citizens lacking trust in Trump’s election integrity commission

As many as 3,400 Coloradans, along with voters in other states, have canceled their voter registration rather than have the information on their registration forms be shared with President Donald...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Trade show: Colorado wins Outdoor Retailer show with smart bid, respect of public lands

Colorado has gained the Outdoor Retailer trade show that Salt Lake City let get away. That’s a big win for Colorado, a big nod to outdoor recreation’s ever-increasing economic clout and a big...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Mandala: Tibetan monks’ patient art brings peace, contemplation to our busy town

As fascinating as it is to watch the monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery patiently construct a “Buddha of Wisdom” mandala in the small gallery room at the rear of Sorrel Sky Gallery, it is just...

DATE: July 14, 2017 | UPDATED: 5 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Marijuana taxes: City council should avoid singling out a business that already pays its fair share

At some point, doesn’t the perception need to change? The marijuana business is still a new one on the local retail scene. Compared to more venerable, traditional Durango businesses, it is more...

DATE: July 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Bonita peak: Local officials go the extra mile to ensure mine cleanup remains a top priority

Good representatives, at every level of government, are willing to go the extra mile. In mid-June, Durango City Councilor Dean Brookie, La Plata County Commissioner Brad Blake and San Juan County...

DATE: July 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Rosa Sabido: Immigration reform must address cases like hers

Rosa Sabido, now receiving sanctuary in a Mancos church since her last application to stay in the country was denied, is not an example of problems caused by uncontrolled immigration. For the past...

DATE: July 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Black bears: We can do more to discourage local bears

We have a complex relationship with our neighboring black bears. We love to see them, whether it is a solo male spotted near a trail at Junction Creek, or a mother with cubs under an apple tree at...

DATE: July 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Lightner Creek: Fire agencies, crews deserve thanks; drone ‘pilots’ deserve criminal charges

Last week’s fire in Lightner Creek, just west of downtown, gave us all a front-row seat on the blaze, which started as a structure fire but quickly spread due to gusty winds and dry conditions....

DATE: July 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials