Opinion

Attracting teachers: Rep. Barbara McLachlan has several proposals that are on the right track

There are numerous techniques to increase the number of pre K-12 teachers for Colorado’s schools, and State Rep. Barbara McLachlan (D-Durango) has created some imaginative ones. The Durango...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA election: Experience gives incumbents the edge as local utility evolves

Two of the three challengers in this year’s La Plata Electric Association board elections for La Plata County are firm advocates for researching the economics of a major move from fossil fuels to...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

General Assembly: Funding solutions will likely depend on voters

How to provide long overdue funding to improve the state’s highways has come down to the final few days of the legislative session, with no agreement between the political parties. Republicans want...

DATE: May 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Gettin’ Gordie: One good example of many worthy local crowdfunding appeals

A site search for “Durango, CO” on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe recently returned more than 450 campaigns with Durango connections, most of them directly involving our friends and neighbors...

DATE: May 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Energy leases: Let’s hold back some of our last best places

In March, the Bureau of Land Management sold oil and gas leases on parcels totaling 51,400 acres in southeast Utah, including some near Hovenweep National Monument. That’s welcome news for energy...

DATE: May 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Article 21: Constitutional provisions governing recall elections must change

Wednesday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for organizers of the effort to recall La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt to turn in the additional 2,031 valid signatures, of the 7,505 needed, to bring...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School week: Day off not a substitute for adequate pay

On Friday, over 3,000 teachers from over a dozen school districts gathered at the Capitol to demand an increase in state funding for public education. One of the outcomes of inadequate funding –...

DATE: April 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA bylaws: Proposed changes bring co-op into the 21st century, improve representation

In addition to four contested seats in the current La Plata Electric Association’s election, there are 10 questions pertaining to the co-op’s bylaws. All were unanimously approved by the LPEA board...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

President Stritikus: 1st generation graduate poised to build on FLC’s quality, cost and community

Depending on whom you talk to, Fort Lewis College’s trustees appear to have chosen for its next president the candidate most likely to lead the college in innovative ways and with some urgency. Dr....

DATE: April 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public notices: SB 156 is another attack on the public’s right to know

Public notices — the legal notices that governmental entities pay to place in newspapers as a means of informing the public — have played an important role in informing citizens about the actions...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Earth Day: Economy cannot ignore scientific realities

Earth Day on Sunday springs from the understanding that our physical environment can be irreversibly damaged and how we treat it matters, every day of the year. That admission was not always...

DATE: April 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Purgatory: Good for us James Coleman’s business model prioritizes family and recreation

Purgatory’s season is coming to a close this weekend with free lift tickets both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t an easy winter, by any means, and owner James Coleman and his snowmaking and mountain...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials