Opinion

Dems on the ballot

Four strong candidates are running in the Democratic primary for governor As a State Senator, Mike Johnston made a specialty of advocating for improving pre-K through 12 education, combining a...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

GOP hopefuls

There are four impressive candidates in the Republican primary for governor. Greg Lopez cites his election as mayor of Parker at age 27. He was director of the Small Business Administration and...

DATE: June 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Happy Horse

The organizers of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic which took place last weekend again gave participants and spectators a good time. It was neck and neck at the finish for the professional riders...

DATE: June 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Culture of secrecy

One of the challenges of environmental protection is that human activity produces pollution. Driving is a good example, from the extraction of mineral resources that eventually will become a...

DATE: May 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Remember Me: Veteran Bob Harms commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in verse

Bob Harms of Durango is a part-time poet. Very part-time. Harms, now retired from a firefighting career and a grandfather of four, writes just one poem a year, during the holiday season. The poems...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Triple crown: Bayfield state championships an inspiration to us all

As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, we want to acknowledge the achievements of all our area seniors in both academics and athletics. We pass on our congratulations and best wishes to all...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Iron Horse: Gravel rides join the classic lineup of events

Bicycles are the vehicle of choice this weekend in Durango, where fast and not so fast riders will climb to Silverton on Saturday in the 47th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The chance of snow...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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