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National park fees: Americans shouldn’t be priced out of visiting

The National Park Service has extended the deadline for commenting on a proposal to drastically raise admission fees. Take advantage of the opportunity. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

James: The Solar Eclipse Blues

How about the solar eclipse? Quite the event; it always makes me smile when nature does something that makes mankind stand on its toes and say wow! I had an event happen during the eclipse that...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | UPDATED: 2 days 3 hours ago | COLUMN: Watch Yore Topknot

Cafferty: Fort Lewis stakeholders should avoid distractions

Another swing at the gut of the administration while offering no effective solution to the issues facing Fort Lewis College – that’s what I see when I read yet another piece making wild accusations...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Mitsch Bush: Rush to a political win spells a huge loss for Americans

Many economists, tax analysts, nonpartisan organizations like the Joint Committee on Taxation, and former officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations agree that the Tax Cuts and...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Ramos: The Masterpiece Cakeshop case isn’t about cake

On Dec. 5, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case, a case about a Colorado bakery that refused to sell a wedding...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Westendorff: Praying for snow, preparing for wildfires

The weather over the past several weeks hardly shows it, but this year’s version of winter is just around the corner – at least the calendar says so. The sunny skies and warm temperatures we all...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Chair

Tailwind Nutrition: Grant money will provide a boost to a growing local business in Bayfield

There was a big win recently in Bayfield, but we are not talking about football. Kudos to the Wolverines, of course, for their 2A state title, but the less publicized win came just south of...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cure: When thoughts and prayers are not enough

While definitions differ, Congress has defined a “mass killing” as one in which three or more people are killed in a single incident in a public place. From Sandy Hook to Charleston, San...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Tingey: Local industry relies on public lands from here to Alaska

This has been a tough year for public land advocates. There is increasing activity across the country to open up America’s public lands to oil and gas leasing. Currently, there is bill working its...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed

Column on drilling was devoid of facts

Mark Pearson (Herald, Nov. 18) has once again outdone himself with his recent hysteria on how Sen. Cory Gardner is about to sell his vote on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Let’s...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

SALT reform: Deduction loss may cause real pain for rural Colorado, state and local governments

There is a lot to take issue with the GOP’s rush to pass tax reform legislation. Foremost among our concerns is why, with an almost $20 trillion federal debt, are we even discussing tax cuts?...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rankin: Watching local elections, observing online schools and superintendents’ meeting

Congratulations to all candidates who ran for their local school boards and to those winning their elections earlier this month. Now the hard work begins. Since my last column, I’ve been busy...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Op-Ed