Opinion

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

Triple crown: Bayfield state championships an inspiration to us all

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, we want to acknowledge the achievements of all our area seniors in both academics and athletics. We pass on our congratulations and best wishes to all...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Iron Horse: Gravel rides join the classic lineup of events

Bicycles are the vehicle of choice this weekend in Durango, where fast and not so fast riders will climb to Silverton on Saturday in the 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The chance of snow...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Water mapping

Water witching was once a respected profession in La Plata County, and perhaps it still is. Former County Commissioner R.T. Scott operated a construction company and had a way with a divining...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The sit/lie ban: City ordinance may feel right, but does nothing to address core problems

Many residents are celebrating the city’s new ordinance prohibiting anyone from sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks, curbs and other public areas. These folks are praising Durango City...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Time for Tipton and Gardner to support local leaders, public lands

On Thursday, as a fitting start to the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day – celebrated today – a bipartisan bill led by Sen. Michael Bennet naming two local mountain peaks after two...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Missed opportunity: Legislature should consider ‘red flag’ gun safety measure again

Colorado legislators missed an opportunity to reduce the number of occasions people with mental issues either turn to violence against others or do themselves harm when they voted down “red flag”...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA elections: Wheeler joins incumbents Bassett and McInnis on utility board

Account holders voted firmly to retain the most experienced La Plata Electric Association board member from La Plata County, and voted convincingly to retain a second incumbent in last weekend’s...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Whitewater Park: Additional work on the rapids at Santa Rita improves the home-town river run

One year ago this week, we published an editorial that questioned the wisdom of the city’s work on the Durango Whitewater Park. That project produced a revised and challenging entrance to the...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Chilcoat and Franklin: Prosecute criminal acts, if any, not identity politics

Environmental activist Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, go to court this month to answer felony charges related to closing a corral gate on a federal grazing lease in San Juan County,...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Local music: First Katzin, now Southwest Sound? Throw your support behind Stillwater

To some, 2018 feels like – to paraphrase the refrain from Don McLean’s 1971 classic “American Pie” – the year the music died. Soon after the March news that Katzin Music was closing its doors...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voting by district: For better government, avoiding further divisiveness, the legislature voted right

La Plata Electric Association members have a few more days to drop off their ballots at a couple of locations in Durango and Bayfield, or at the La Plata County Clerk’s office (do not involve the...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials