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In the Bahamas, Cat Island offers spectacular diving and solitude for miles

Sometimes, a shift in perspective makes all the difference. I am 100 feet deep in a Bahamian sea, finning along a reef wall that plunges like a waterfall of color into the blue depths below....

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Travel

Weekly planner for Dec. 17-21

Monday La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt Office Hours, noon-2 p.m., La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 East Second Ave. Thrive! Living Wage Coalition Monthly Meeting and...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western Colorado cities expect big savings from solar power

GRAND JUNCTION (AP) – Don’t let the chilly air and shorter days fool you: Hundreds of solar panels located off Interstate 70 near Palisade are working just fine. Come January, the 12-acre solar...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem,...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Religion

What kind of housing will seniors choose in La Plata County?

Faye Gooden, 74, is moving out of a subsidized apartment and into a mobile home. The move was made possible because of an increase in her Social Security income after the death of her former...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Guys, enough war – or it’s the asteroid

The Gulf War in Iraq, under President George H. W. Bush, in 1991, had about 100 U.S. military casualties. The global community was relieved that this ended in a very short period of time and he has...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

The face of Michelangelo’s David could guide us

FLORENCE – A tourist in Florentine museums is like a skipping stone above unfathomable depths. Here a Botticelli. There a Donatello. A single room at the Uffizi that would reward a lifetime of...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Michael Gerson

Can we learn to live with wolves again?

In his Nov. 9 Herald column, Andrew Gulliford wonders, “Can we learn to live with wolves again? ” The answer is yes – depending on a variety of factors. He states that the last wolf in Colorado was...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Cortez Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 29

The 2018 Cortez Christmas Bird Count will take place at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 29 beginning at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Participants will be divided into groups to survey areas of...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Interior Secretary Zinke resigns amid investigations

WASHINGTON – Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted his resignation Saturday, facing intense pressure from the White House amid multiple probes tied to his real estate dealings in...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 23 hours ago | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Christmas Comet will arrive over Southwest Colorado for holidays

The night sky will offer two astronomical shows this week and next. The Christmas Comet will fly closest to Earth in 20 years and will be visible in the southern night sky, preferably with a...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Fort Lewis College graduates to embrace the unknown

Sabra Artichoker doesn’t know what she’s going to do with her degree in anthropology and sociology. Neither does Zachary Scurrah, who graduated from Fort Lewis College on Saturday with a degree in...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2018 | UPDATED: 2 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

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