Not all is WELL

In the past, La Plata County worked well with both landowners and the gas industry to resolve land-use conflicts. County regulations balanced the rights of surface owners and mineral owners to...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Session ending with lingering budget concerns

Like the Energizer Bunny, the Legislature keeps going and going and going.Earlier, it was predicted we'd be done by May 1, but that's not to be. We have three possible days left, and then we'll be...

DATE: May 3, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Collaborative effort produces good water law

There are not many days left in the current legislative session with adjournment scheduled for Wednesday.The budget finally is done, and all the bills that I was the prime sponsor on are finished....

DATE: May 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Capitol Report

Joe Biden

In picking the famously loquacious Joe Biden as his running mate, Barack Obama caused many to question his judgment. While obviously bright, and relatively untainted by scandal, the veteran senator...

DATE: May 1, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Swine flu

The news is filled with reports of a new strain of influenza, one that may or may not cause the global pandemic that epidemiologists have warned eventually will occur. Federal and state sources are...

DATE: April 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Broadcasting Our Story

By James H. Foster and J. Douglas ShandNo sooner had Doug Price, president and CEO of Rocky Mountain PBS, visited Durango to meet and thank donors than word came out about proposed legislation -...

DATE: April 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Rush is on to wrap up legislation

We're in the final stages of the legislative session, and the pace of the bills moving through is at warp speed. This, in part, is because the budget finally is working its way through both the...

DATE: April 26, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Selling those already insured on health reform is biggest challenge

The hardest group to sell on national health reform is those who don't desperately need it. That would include Americans who already have coverage through a workplace, about 160 million in all, and...

DATE: April 24, 2009 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Car-registration fees to increase

Some of you may have already read about the passage of Senate Bill-108, also known as Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery - or FASTER. This bill, which was signed...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Obama's economic policies reach far beyond the economy

We've all heard liberal speeches on the economy. The central concern is inequality. Power and wealth tend to concentrate at the top of society, so government must stand as a countervailing power....

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Downtown Clerk

Those who are opposing moving the county clerk's office from the courthouse to Bodo Industrial park have many of the same reasons - feet.Many of the attorneys, real estate agents and lenders who...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Celebrate Earth Day today

With the sun shining warmly in Durango, today provides an excellent opportunity to appreciate the environment that surrounds town and integrates with our daily lives.Since 1970, April 22 has been a...

DATE: April 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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