Opinion

Colorado Day

Today marks 142 years of Colorado statehood, and looking back over those years, and the decades that preceded Aug. 1, 1876, it is impossible to ignore the dependence of our state on our bounty of...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A modest solution

Those looking forward to a hike in the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek trails west of Cortez now find their adventure beginning sooner than expected as they pull off County Road G to the parking area. ...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Road show: County’s pursuit of road claims is not in public’s interest

Montezuma County Commissioners James Lambert, Keenan Ertel and Larry Don Suckla created a stir when they passed a resolution in June asserting that 17 roads and trails in the San Juan National...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Turning the tap: After years of waiting, battling and building, Nighthorse water flows west

The first water from Lake Nighthorse can now be delivered, following the construction of a pump-assisted pipeline to Lake Durango, where in drought years there can be too little to convert into...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We can agree

Friction over the environment and the use of natural resources, from forests to oil, only seems to increase in the West. Take the Endangered Species Act. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1973,...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

They proved it: Newspapers make everything brighter, and less expensive

We were struck by a beam of sunshine breaking through the clouds the other day, at least in a manner of speaking. It was when we happened across one of those oddball studies that seems to say 2 + 2...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Congress vs Nature: Scott Tipton’s forest proposal is really no help at all

We need a new word to describe that feeling when we’re both cross and bemused. That, at any rate, is how we felt when we read about Rep. Scott Tipton’s latest initiative. At a congressional hearing...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Party in the Park

With mudslides from recent rainstorms and ash flows from the Hermosa Creek drainage turning the water of the Animas River a strange color and killing fish, it is no surprise that we feel like we...

DATE: July 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Whither Wheeler?

Many conservationists, environmentalists and public land advocates let out an it’s-about-time sigh of relief when Scott Pruitt resigned as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. But as soon...

DATE: July 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A pass on arson: Trump’s pardon of two Oregon ranchers sends disturbing message

Last Tuesday, between nominating Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and flying off to a NATO meeting, President Donald Trump found the time to pardon Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, the...

DATE: July 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Where’s justice: News that driver would not be charged was hard to take

The recent news that Bobby Lehmann would not be charged was hard to take. Lehmann is the 77-year-old driver who jumped a curb on North Main Avenue last year and killed two pedestrians, Allen Duke,...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Back on track: Change in the weather lets the train resume daily trips to Silverton

A coal-burning locomotive pulling a full load of passengers left the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Station at 9 on Thursday morning for Silverton, where passengers were likely greeted...

DATE: July 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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