Social issues

Ad fuels nasty 59th District race

If politics is war by another means, two weeks ago, Democrat Mike McLachlan, the Durango-based lawyer running for the 59th district in the Colorado House of Representatives, unleashed the political...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers push for reduced drug sentences

DENVER – Legislators from the left and right moved Wednesday to reduce sentences for narcotics possession, saying the country needs a new approach to the war on drugs.“Most people – left, right,...

DATE: March 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

House Republicans OK fetal homicide bill

DENVER – On a party-line vote, House Republicans passed a bill to make it a crime to harm or kill a fetus, unless the mother has consented to an abortion.House Democrats fought the bill, calling it...

DATE: March 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manna reopens after remodel

DATE: March 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children squeezed, too, in poverty’s clutches

As more La Plata County parents slip from security to poverty, educators and social service providers say the hardship inevitably trickles down to their children.“The impact on these kids is almost...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brother, can you spare a dime?

One-time help won't cut it this time.As the new reality in poverty's changing statistics takes hold, local families' financial hardships have gone from “crisis to chronic” through no fault of their...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News