Divorced: America and the homeless. Local solutions need to consider reconciliation on fair terms

Panhandlers aggressively accosting befuddled citizens and tourists. Drunken fire hazards stumbling through our precious forests late at night. Scruffy, dusty, downtown bums with coated tongues...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Some states too friendly to livestock

It’s probably not a shock to Americans that Nebraska is a “livestock-friendly” state. Real-life cowboys in the mold of Robert Duvall’s “Lonesome Dove” character “Gus” McCrae and Clint Eastwood’s...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Zimmerman: Corporate interests compromise the Interior Department

What if I told you that a multibillion-dollar company decided to trademark the name of one of America’s most prized national parks? And that the company then sued the United States to defend its...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Barker: Old school is not suitable for a community and conference center

Over the last few days, I have had many friends ask me what I thought about the idea of using the 9-R building for a conference and performing arts center. Looking back over the past 30 years, I...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

District 9-R’s finances in best shape since 2008

The Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) is a voluntary independent oversight body which periodically (twice a year) reports to the Board of Education on the health of the district’s financial...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

‘More Time, More Life’ campaign works for the airport

Like many smaller airports, the Durango-La Plata County Airport – also known by its airport code DRO – provides our community with a critical link to the outside world. It’s an important economic...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Kerr: When I saw the yellow envelope, I saw red

By Larry Kerr On a Wednesday in July, my wife and I went shopping for a new pickup. We visited dealers in Farmington and Aztec looking for a Chevrolet 3500, crew cab, 4x4, High Country dually. We...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Stephens: Here’s what really makes America great, governor

Though Bill Clinton was a far better talker than he was an orator, at least one of his sentences should be carved in stone: “There is nothing wrong with America,” he said in his 1993 Inaugural...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Roberts: Social media faces its ‘Alex Jones’ problem

Platforms have wished-and-washed for weeks now about whether Alex Jones of Infowars would lose his pulpit on their services. He’s off Facebook and YouTube, and Twitter has put him in timeout, with...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Elliott: My Durango is your Durango

My twin brother, Evan, and I got flipped off the other day by an elderly gentleman who thought we were in the way of his Durango – and no, he wasn’t driving a Dodge. We laughed and said, “Sir,...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Hickenlooper: The state wants to help even if you’re not Amazon

Barn raising. Nothing else conveys the spirit of the West better than the tradition of joining together to build a neighbor’s barn. There may not be many barn-raisings nowadays, but there are...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Greenstadt: Mountain bikes, too, can fit with our wilderness

First came the bare human foot, somewhere in Africa. Then, in no particular order, the moccasin, the shoe, the horse and saddle, boat and oar, the ski, the snowshoe and so much more. All of these...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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