Neighbors, mine show the good will to succeed

King Coal II is a slick operation. The Hesperus coal mine seven miles west on County Road 120 employs rigorous training around exacting safety standards and high-grade technology in its pursuit of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Structure hampered task force results

Gov. John Hickenlooper might be right in his claim that the “intensity of frustration” about gas and oil development in general, and fracking in particular, has waned since its high level last...

DATE: May 30, 2015 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Energy policy should not blow with the wind

With all that talk of holiday cheer and goodwill set aside for another 11 months, it is time to get down to the business of lawmaking. Or, rather, position-staking. When it comes to energy policy,...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2015 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Leadership needs to match time of life

First, a couple of foundational statements: I am a huge fan of Animas High School, Mountain Middle School, Durango School District 9-R and education, in general. My kids are students at both...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Beauprez’s lands stance wrong for Colo.

It has been a few weeks now, but I had somewhat recent occasion to be reminded just how far Telluride is from Ouray, particularly when taking the short cut – on foot. Immediately after that rather...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Udall bill will do little to fix Hobby Lobby

Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has a great set of eyebrows he deploys effectively to punctuate his point. They can add levity. They can scold. They can empathize. They can connote the seriousness of a...

DATE: July 12, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Enough already with the marijuana treats

These fledgling days of legal marijuana in Colorado have the whole country atwitter. The interest ranges from novelty to policy, with no small helping of money in the mix – that which can be made...

DATE: May 17, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Students need more than just academic support

Populated by a high school boy and a pair of middle school girls, all with distinctly different learning styles, interests and personalities, my house is a veritable research lab on educational...

DATE: March 22, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Health coverage shifts focus to what matters

If you ever need to borrow a strawberry stemmer, instant popsicle maker or human-shaped spatula, I’ve got them and about 50 other high-grade kitchen gadgets. This is not because of a strange...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

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Lowest-priced home triggers trip down memory lane

The real estate market’s return to higher volume and higher prices is a good thing from a number of angles, but it does not necessarily reflect how things are going for everyone who lives and works...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

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Tipton plans visitation to Durango

Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, will be in Durango today and Wednesday for a number of events, including a financial-services and housing-business roundtable. At the roundtable, he will meet with...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

Season fueled by countless transactions

Well, it’s the most wonderful time of the year again, which mostly means an extra long list of things to do and purchase, plus behavior and expectations to manage. And that’s just my own. It is a...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2013 | COLUMN: Policy and Politics

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