Opinion

We will survive

When a large portion of your economy is based on tourism, there are a lot of terrifying scenarios of how it can get knocked off course. A devastating wildfire is one. But there are others that...

DATE: June 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Making progress: City shows initiative in finding interim camp for homeless

City officials are showing initiative in identifying a location for the homeless to bed down, as the threat of fire along the city’s edges limits options and a possible final location undergoes...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Primary recap: Ballots due by Tuesday will decide choices on November ballot

The Democratic ticket for governor includes a particularly strong mix of candidates, including out-going Congressman Jared Polis, former state senator Mike Johnston and former two-term state...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Autopsy review: Hickenlooper was correct to veto bill that limited review of child autopsies

The death of a child is a particularly painful tragedy for anyone and deserves compassion for those near and far. A child can die from a medical issue or an accident, or from harm inflicted by...

DATE: June 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Interim action

The EPA’s announcement of a plan to begin cleanup of 26 contaminated mining sites in the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund area as soon as possible was welcome news in a week dominated by the...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A turning point?

The lifting of evacuation orders for 375 residences and 19 businesses on Thursday afternoon, coming a day after residents were allowed back into over 500 homes and 20 businesses in the Rockwood,...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Summer on hold: Raging wildfires, and public land closures, define the summer of 2018

Those folks lucky enough to take full advantage of the 35th annual Animas River Days may have seen more than a water-soaked good time. They may have seen the highlight of the summer of 2018. That’s...

DATE: June 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Retain Aichele: Experience in office gives incumbent the edge

The only contested local primary race is one between two candidates who want to be the Democrats’ choice for La Plata County treasurer. Some in the party are championing Tim Walsworth, who has been...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Moving forward: Lachelt and her critics need to work together for remainder of her term

County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt came within an inch of having to face a recall election. Signature gatherers were only three dozen signatures short of the more than 7,000 necessary to trigger the...

DATE: June 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Democrat decision: Three candidates vie to try and unseat Rep. Tipton

Democrats will have a difficult time unseating Scott Tipton in the competitive 3rd Congressional District, which includes the Western Slope and most of southern Colorado. Tipton is seeking a...

DATE: June 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

City Council’s new limit on speaking should be accepted, with caution

We get it. We understand the thinking behind Durango City Council’s recent announcement to reduce the amount of time a resident can take to speak at council meetings from five to three minutes. ...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Dems on the ballot

Four strong candidates are running in the Democratic primary for governor As a State Senator, Mike Johnston made a specialty of advocating for improving pre-K through 12 education, combining a...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials