Opinion

Chaco landscape A powerful union of land and sky, Zinke defers leases but threats remains

In response to public outcry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has deferred the sale of oil and gas leases near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. That may, or may not, be a positive sign for...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Student walkout: An opportunity for youth locally and nationally to lead the way on gun safety

Building on the frustration of the lack of gun safety in our schools and nation, expressed so articulately and emotionally by the students of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, youth...

DATE: March 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Caucus! Shape the future of your party, get in on the ground floor of the political process

Colorado’s political precinct caucuses, which will be held Tuesday, March 6, are the first formal opportunity for voters to weigh-in on the candidates and issues in the 2018 election. Precinct...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FLC president: ISO collaborator, unifier with ability to tap into region’s assets, opportunities

Fort Lewis College benefits from a wealth of resources colleges in other parts of the country can only wish for. Outdoor classrooms draw on our region’s extraordinary natural and cultural assets....

DATE: March 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado women: “We can do it!” 125 years leading the way on women’s suffrage, equal rights

It is during the month of March nationally that the achievements of women are commemorated. For Colorado women, there is much to celebrate. To date, 152 women from all over the state have been...

DATE: March 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Durango Film: Independent film festival celebrates its 13th year with local, international flair

The previews end, the theater darkens and we’re off on a journey of a director’s making, ideally, not totally sure where we’re heading. We may have a sense of what’s to come, but not all the...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Listen to them: Brave young people with many bold ideas were treated reprehensibly

The primary responsibility a civilization has to its children – after working to ensure their survival, which surely should go without saying – is to help them grow into strong, engaged adults. ...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Lake Nighthorse: Bring your ideas to the meetings that will craft recreation plans for reservoir

Finding solutions together. That’s the subtext of the city’s announcement of upcoming public meetings to explore options for shared recreation at Lake Nighthorse. As the county learned in recent...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Making a splash: State champ Kylie Behn shows just how far a revived DHS program has come

A question arose earlier this month, just after the Durango High School girls swimming and diving team returned from the 3A State Championships. The girls did well, placing 12th out of the 26...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public art: Art at the intersection, another try at engaging the community in public art

Not all Durangoans will be pleased with the public art which will be installed in two long medians at the intersection of U.S. Highways 160 and 550; art has that effect. But Durangoans should not...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

FFA: Week-long celebration showcases importance of agriculture, education

The annual national Future Farmers of America celebratory week is upon us, which makes for a good time to reflect on the value of agriculture and how young people can find a place in agriculture to...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DOI reorganization: The public, elected officials needs more information on Secretary Zinke’s goals

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is redesigning his department to move hundreds of public employees from Washington out West. In theory, putting decision-makers in closer touch with the landscapes...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials