Opinion

Water mapping

Water witching was once a respected profession in La Plata County, and perhaps it still is. Former County Commissioner R.T. Scott operated a construction company and had a way with a divining...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The sit/lie ban: City ordinance may feel right, but does nothing to address core problems

Many residents are celebrating the city’s new ordinance prohibiting anyone from sitting or lying down on downtown sidewalks, curbs and other public areas. These folks are praising Durango City...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Time for Tipton and Gardner to support local leaders, public lands

On Thursday, as a fitting start to the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day – celebrated today – a bipartisan bill led by Sen. Michael Bennet naming two local mountain peaks after two...

DATE: May 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Missed opportunity: Legislature should consider ‘red flag’ gun safety measure again

Colorado legislators missed an opportunity to reduce the number of occasions people with mental issues either turn to violence against others or do themselves harm when they voted down “red flag”...

DATE: May 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

LPEA elections: Wheeler joins incumbents Bassett and McInnis on utility board

Account holders voted firmly to retain the most experienced La Plata Electric Association board member from La Plata County, and voted convincingly to retain a second incumbent in last weekend’s...

DATE: May 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Whitewater Park: Additional work on the rapids at Santa Rita improves the home-town river run

One year ago this week, we published an editorial that questioned the wisdom of the city’s work on the Durango Whitewater Park. That project produced a revised and challenging entrance to the...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Chilcoat and Franklin: Prosecute criminal acts, if any, not identity politics

Environmental activist Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin, go to court this month to answer felony charges related to closing a corral gate on a federal grazing lease in San Juan County,...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Local music: First Katzin, now Southwest Sound? Throw your support behind Stillwater

To some, 2018 feels like – to paraphrase the refrain from Don McLean’s 1971 classic “American Pie” – the year the music died. Soon after the March news that Katzin Music was closing its doors...

DATE: May 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voting by district: For better government, avoiding further divisiveness, the legislature voted right

La Plata Electric Association members have a few more days to drop off their ballots at a couple of locations in Durango and Bayfield, or at the La Plata County Clerk’s office (do not involve the...

DATE: May 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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