Opinion

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

Object of wonder

The names applied to tropical storms and hurricanes stay in our memory, and often in infamy, due to the size and power of the storms and the devastation they cause. Katrina, Sandy and Andrew are...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Independence Day: July 4th deserves rememberance and reflection

Most Americans apparently didn’t pay much attention in their U.S. history classes, and many don’t understand how our government works, according to numerous studies and polls. And that’s likely not...

DATE: July 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

What we do: At the Capital Gazette, and all across the U.S., journalists got right back to work

The news alerts flooded our email and social media feeds when an active shooter was reported Thursday at an office building in Maryland. We clicked on links and scanned wire feeds, as we always do...

DATE: July 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials