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Yucca House: Land deal would solve longstanding access issue to this isolated site

Thank you to the Montezuma County commissioners for voting not to block a land donation that will allow improved access to the tiny Yucca House National Monument southwest of Cortez. Thanks are due...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Special session: Hospital district, regional transit victims of partisan legislative games

This week’s special legislative session, aimed at correcting a marijuana-tax error, accomplished exactly nothing good, and the stubbornness of a few GOP committee members will mean some Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Solar Home Tour: It’s time to get out of the conference room and check out the power of the sun

La Plata Electric Association deserves credit for being responsive to member interest in increasing the amount of renewable energy in its mix. The co-op (and the city of Durango) is in a tough...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Good karma: Local foundations, with local support, are bringing good changes to Asia

A pair of September fundraisers just reminded us how fortunate we are here in La Plata County. Not just for the high standards of our health, economy and education, but also for our unique...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Bayfield DMV: La Plata County should look into creative ways to keep the office open

With the La Plata commissioners beginning their discussions of the 2018 county budget early this week, we hope that one line item, the continuation of motor vehicle registration services at the...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public Lands Day: Manage resources for Americans, not for the profits of corporate ‘citizens’

Public lands are among our greatest treasures, and our shared ownership of them is one of this nation’s greatest strengths. Americans celebrate National Public Lands Day today in a political...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sand Canyon: While not overwhelmingly welcome, plans for adequate parking are overdue

A parking lot at Sand Canyon? What a novel idea, considering that right now there isn’t one at the most popular spot in all the 176,000 acres of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Some...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Child care: Affordable, high-quality child care is a community and economic issue

Are we approaching a crisis or are we already there? Four stories in the Herald over the past six months point to a lack of affordable day care in Durango and the region, a dearth of spots for kids...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Health care 3.0: Penalizing kids is not good policy, nor a sound investment in our future

If your head is spinning from the news – natural disasters, security threats and the most recent Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act – you are not alone. There is a dizzying amount...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rural struggles: Sparsely populated counties are left in the dust as cities and coasts thrive

A recent survey of bankers in a 10-state region has confirmed what rural residents already know: While the more densely populated portions of the country are seeing economic recovery, rural areas...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Parade of Homes: Take in this year’s tour to see the best of area’s design and construction talent

Today begins the 14th annual Parade of Homes, a showcase of the construction talents of Southwest Colorado architects, builders, subcontractors and home furnishings providers. From 5 to 9 p.m....

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Inspections: Results are not always appetizing, but restaurant inspections remain essential

Of all the tasks San Juan Basin Public Health Department accomplishes every month, few are so public as the restaurant inspections. Not because the actual inspections are publicized. They are not....

DATE: Sept. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials