Opinion

Much improved: GCC makes good on commitment to improve CR 120

There is no pleasing some people. That must be recognized in any attempt to praise La Plata County and Grupos Cementos de Chihuahua for the road improvements made since 2016 on the northern...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Then we were one: A combined City and County of Durango

It was in 2030 that rural La Plata County residents said they wanted to participate in Durango’s increasingly appealing lifestyle and strong economy, which they had felt isolated from and even...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Impotent rage: This is no time for smashing stars

Recently, a young man took a pickaxe to President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Austin Clay, 24, absolutely pulverized the terrazzo-and-brass emblem. After, he said, “I think I...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Step right up: Petitions seek your support at Durango’s farmers market

Something important has been going on this summer at the Durango Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, in addition to the string quartets and the human-powered bicycle blender. In 2016, Colorado...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado Day

Today marks 142 years of Colorado statehood, and looking back over those years, and the decades that preceded Aug. 1, 1876, it is impossible to ignore the dependence of our state on our bounty of...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A modest solution

Those looking forward to a hike in the Sand Canyon and Rock Creek trails west of Cortez now find their adventure beginning sooner than expected as they pull off County Road G to the parking area. ...

DATE: July 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Road show: County’s pursuit of road claims is not in public’s interest

Montezuma County Commissioners James Lambert, Keenan Ertel and Larry Don Suckla created a stir when they passed a resolution in June asserting that 17 roads and trails in the San Juan National...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Turning the tap: After years of waiting, battling and building, Nighthorse water flows west

The first water from Lake Nighthorse can now be delivered, following the construction of a pump-assisted pipeline to Lake Durango, where in drought years there can be too little to convert into...

DATE: July 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

We can agree

Friction over the environment and the use of natural resources, from forests to oil, only seems to increase in the West. Take the Endangered Species Act. Signed into law by President Nixon in 1973,...

DATE: July 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

They proved it: Newspapers make everything brighter, and less expensive

We were struck by a beam of sunshine breaking through the clouds the other day, at least in a manner of speaking. It was when we happened across one of those oddball studies that seems to say 2 + 2...

DATE: July 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Congress vs Nature: Scott Tipton’s forest proposal is really no help at all

We need a new word to describe that feeling when we’re both cross and bemused. That, at any rate, is how we felt when we read about Rep. Scott Tipton’s latest initiative. At a congressional hearing...

DATE: July 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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

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