Opinion

Lake Nighthorse: Bring your ideas to the meetings that will craft recreation plans for reservoir

Finding solutions together. That’s the subtext of the city’s announcement of upcoming public meetings to explore options for shared recreation at Lake Nighthorse. As the county learned in recent...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Making a splash: State champ Kylie Behn shows just how far a revived DHS program has come

A question arose earlier this month, just after the Durango High School girls swimming and diving team returned from the 3A State Championships. The girls did well, placing 12th out of the 26...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public art: Art at the intersection, another try at engaging the community in public art

Not all Durangoans will be pleased with the public art which will be installed in two long medians at the intersection of U.S. Highways 160 and 550; art has that effect. But Durangoans should not...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FFA: Week-long celebration showcases importance of agriculture, education

The annual national Future Farmers of America celebratory week is upon us, which makes for a good time to reflect on the value of agriculture and how young people can find a place in agriculture to...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI reorganization: The public, elected officials needs more information on Secretary Zinke’s goals

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is redesigning his department to move hundreds of public employees from Washington out West. In theory, putting decision-makers in closer touch with the landscapes...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Discover Goodwill: There’s room for our newest non-profit, its programs and opportunity center

Thrift is in fashion. As is the case with the La Plata County Humane Society, the United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity and the new Discover Goodwill Retail Center opening tomorrow, it can...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Skilled labor: Homebuilders, 9-R trades courses fill a gap in labor and educational offerings

Every cloud is supposed to have a silver lining, but can the same be said for clear skies? It can in Southwest Colorado, if you happen to be in the construction trades. Snow finally arrived on...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Storytelling: Universally human, stories bind us in intimate, beautiful and unknown ways

Storytelling is among the oldest art forms and has likely been around as long as human language, connecting present experiences to the past and future. Storytelling is a way to make sense of the...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Recall effort: Blaming unpopularity of land use code on Gwen Lachelt alone is misguided

Recall elections usually result from a heated blowup over a single issue, rightly or wrongly. More often than not, they have little to do with an elected official’s overall performance. Gwen...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

XXIII Olympics: Let winter games in South Korea serve as symbol of peace

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games are now open, and 242 athletes, both famous and all-but-unknown, are representing the United States in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Thirty-one of them (more than any...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI actions: Energy dominance takes a toll on public lands, public input and other industries

Every new administration takes a hard look at the policies of the prior administration and proposes reforms based upon their own ideas and campaign pledges, but few have acted as swiftly and with...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado lottery: Reauthorize this valuable program that continues to improve our quality of life

Sometime this spring, the Colorado General Assembly will vote to reauthorize the Colorado Lottery Division for another 15 years beyond its scheduled 2024 sunset. That effort made progress Jan. 25...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials