Opinion

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

Unnamed: Great fires deserve names, not just a number

The most famous fires in human history would have to include the Great Fire of London in 1666; the Great Chicago Fire of 1871; and the San Francisco Fire in 1906. All were sensibly named for the...

DATE: July 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bold move

The announcement by Fort Lewis College that the school is purchasing a river running company may strike many in the Four Corners as an odd way to spend money at this point in time. After all, FLC,...

DATE: July 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Community Fund: Generosity supports many affected by the 416 Fire

We wrote not long ago about how, as a tourist town, we are all in our recovery from the wildfire together. And the community has shown that we were not wrong. You have stepped up in various ways –...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Three words: Community’s thanks extend to everyone involved in the fight against the 416 Fire

Beyond the banners draped over storefronts and hung in restaurant windows; beyond the window paint. Beyond the hand-painted signs on fences and leaning against mailboxes on county roads, there is a...

DATE: July 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials