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Gov. Jared Polis has issued a statewide stay-at-home order for non-essential workers and activities.

Barbara McLachlan: Area businesses adjust to try to survive pandemic

The joy of eating out after a long day, the fun of meeting friends for a drink or the convenience of buying a cup of coffee on the way to work have disappeared from our lives for a while. Gov....

DATE: March 27, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Clyde Church: We are committed to continuing our county work

There is one topic dominating our minds, families, schools, businesses, community, state, nation and world today as we all shift our practices to slow the spread of coronavirus and the disease it...

DATE: March 27, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Barbara McLachlan: COVID-19 has taken over everyone’s lives now

Early last week, Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency to open up funding and other resources in case they are needed, and the World Health Organization announced COVID-19, coronavirus,...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Barbara McLachlan: State health care option could lower some costs

District 59 constituents are vocal, regularly letting me know how they think, and what I should do about it. By far, the issue concerning them most, generating the most heat and presenting the most...

DATE: March 15, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Melissa Youssef: Dynamic Durango is getting younger all the time

It’s people – not statistics – that give a community heart. And Durango is second to none in that department. Even so, the demographics that define our town tell a more textured story than just...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Richard Grossman: Take this environmental group’s new survey now

Most surveys that come online seem to just be gimmicks to get me interested in a cause, then ask me for money. This survey won’t ask for money – just for your opinion on human population,...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Barbara Mclachlan: How I voted on Colorado’s death penalty repeal

My job as a legislator is to listen to all sides of an issue and to my constituents before making decisions. Last week, we wrestled with the weightiest question before the General Assembly during...

DATE: March 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Barbara McLachlan: Coloradans ask state to spend more on education

More than ever, I am hearing about the struggles with Colorado’s school funding formula. Educators want a livable wage, administrators want more safety precautions and students want smaller classes...

DATE: March 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Liane Jollon: SNAP is a winning program for all Coloradoans

As local providers of public health and human services, we believe all Coloradans deserve equal opportunity to eat enough food to stay healthy and to prosper. The Colorado Health Institute reports...

DATE: Feb. 29, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Farhad Manjoo: Is Amazon’s store just too good to be broken up?

Amazon is a genie of consumerist wishes, and it keeps growing more irresistible. The company’s online store has always been convenient and plentiful, but in the last year, Amazon significantly...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Clyde Church: Getting on the same page with the land use code

The new year is off and running and at La Plata County, that means a new chairperson of the Board of County Commissioners. Julie Westendorff passed the gavel to me in January, and now I have the...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Cory Gardner: In its race to impeach, the U.S. House failed us

Washington seems to be constantly convulsing in partisan accusations, investigations, and endless acrimony. That division reached its high-water mark as the Senate carried out the third...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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