Opinion

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

GOP hopefuls

There are four impressive candidates in the Republican primary for governor. Greg Lopez cites his election as mayor of Parker at age 27. He was director of the Small Business Administration and...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Happy Horse

The organizers of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic which took place last weekend again gave participants and spectators a good time. It was neck and neck at the finish for the professional riders...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Culture of secrecy

One of the challenges of environmental protection is that human activity produces pollution. Driving is a good example, from the extraction of mineral resources that eventually will become a...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Remember Me: Veteran Bob Harms commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in verse

Bob Harms of Durango is a part-time poet. Very part-time. Harms, now retired from a firefighting career and a grandfather of four, writes just one poem a year, during the holiday season. The poems...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials