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Eclipse 2017: Be sure to see the celestial event, but make sure you view it safely

By the degree of interest in today’s eclipse of the sun, you would think that this is a very rare event. It is for the United States, where a band of totality 70 miles wide is crossing from coast...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ewing Mesa: Plans for multi-use event center should be sized to fit the projected demand

Enriched by dozens of suggestions from current fairgrounds users and horse owners, the Durango firm DHM Design has come up with a large and functional development plan for a multi-use event center...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Right to know

Holding public meetings can sometimes feel like an inconvenience. Nevertheless, if more than one elected official shows up to do the public’s business, that’s a meeting, and with very few specific...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Back to school

The idea that “it takes a village” to rear strong, resilient children is unpopular in certain circles. Fair enough. Healthy families place much less stress on the village. As children return to...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Fire district

Durangoans will have a chance in November to vote to support the operational needs of the Fire Protection District. A 2.5 mill property tax, which will raise about $1.3 million in its first year,...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Resilient forests

The public certainly has an interest in the resiliency of its federally owned forest resources. Past ill-conceived management decisions, years of extreme underfunding for forest management and...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Should Durango consider a fee for bicycles in town?

With Durango becoming more and more of a bicycling town, and adding features to make bicycling easier and safer, it may be time to make an argument for bicycle owners to step up and contribute to...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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County fair: Once a year, a source of pride for youths, adults and onlookers too

From the 2017 La Plata County Fair guide: “Pies. Crusts should be golden brown, flaky and crisp eating, cut easily with fork or knife but hold shape when served ...” It is fair week in La Plata...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ozone rules: Political expedience cannot be the only consideration in controlling pollutant

In June, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Trump administration would give states an extra year to comply with stricter ozone standards enacted by the...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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End of life: Advanced planning for end-of-life issues will help bring closure to loved ones

It is well known that an extraordinary amount of medical care is applied during the final months of life as major – and multiple – parts of the body begin to fail. The medical community operates...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Nordic center: Purchase of land near Purgatory means many more nordic miles and smiles

It is a bit like Christmas in August. And a white Christmas at that. News that Jane and Marc Katz have acquired 190 acres of land near Purgatory Resort – a purchase that should protect the beloved...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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ACLU: Colorado’s branch of the watchdog organization is in Durango’s grill again

What is it with the American Civil Liberties Union? The organization, or at least its Denver-based Colorado branch, seems to have it out for Durango. The latest notice to the city from the group...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials