Opinion

Methane rule: Politics and the profits of one sector cannot be allowed to trump science

In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management finalized regulations about venting, flaring or leaking natural gas during energy production on federal and tribal lands. Some provisions took effect early...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public comment: The politics of “winning” leaves little room for the voices of ordinary people

In theory, the United States has a government of, by and for its people. Lately, though, the opinions of most people seem to matter very little. Despite bipartisan opposition from nearly everybody...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Glamping’: Proposal for luxury camp near Silverton looks like good fit for San Juan County

News that a “glamping” proposal has landed before the San Juan County Planning Department has citizens scratching their heads in Silverton and Durango. “Glamping” is a portmanteau, or combination,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Targeted action

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, goes the old saw about persistence in demanding attention. It certainly applies to bureaucracy, especially in light of the Dec. 8 announcement by the...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Animal welfare: A feel-good tale for the season, the humane society needs our help

Right out of the Twelve Days of Christmas “La Plata County Animal Protection seized one cat, one duck, two chickens, three cows, seven sheep, 13 dogs, 17 pigs and 61 goats,” the story read (Herald,...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wild West: Errant cow at a gas well no reason to increase requirements

Given the number of squirrels that trigger power line break-downs, or the trouble raccoons can cause, it was probably inevitable that a cow would trigger a leak at a gas well head in La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mining moves: EPA decision to drop Obama-era rule risks continuing a toxic pollution legacy

Nearly one year into the Trump administration, it is impossible to say that one is shocked or surprised by any decision made by the president, or by his Cabinet. But it is entirely appropriate to...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Mountain spirit: Peak designations honor local, world-class alpinists, their legacy and the land

On Dec. 4,, 2006, Charlie Fowler and Christine Boskoff missed their flight home from China. The Norwood couple had been climbing deep in a remote mountain valley attempting a new route on Genyen...

DATE: Dec. 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

National park fees: Americans shouldn’t be priced out of visiting

The National Park Service has extended the deadline for commenting on a proposal to drastically raise admission fees. Take advantage of the opportunity. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Tailwind Nutrition: Grant money will provide a boost to a growing local business in Bayfield

There was a big win recently in Bayfield, but we are not talking about football. Kudos to the Wolverines, of course, for their 2A state title, but the less publicized win came just south of...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

SALT reform: Deduction loss may cause real pain for rural Colorado, state and local governments

There is a lot to take issue with the GOP’s rush to pass tax reform legislation. Foremost among our concerns is why, with an almost $20 trillion federal debt, are we even discussing tax cuts?...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Noel night: Shopping locally supports who and what we love in Durango

Although old man winter is late this year, Thanksgiving still kicked off the holiday giving season. Assuming you made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday, as Noel Night...

DATE: Nov. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials