Opinion

Rural struggles: Sparsely populated counties are left in the dust as cities and coasts thrive

A recent survey of bankers in a 10-state region has confirmed what rural residents already know: While the more densely populated portions of the country are seeing economic recovery, rural areas...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2017 | UPDATED: 4 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

CSU Extension: Commissioners should be wary of losing valuable services

Among the deeply held values that thread through rural communities is the belief that common sense, practical experience and face-to-face cooperation are at least as essential as “book learning.” ...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2017 | UPDATED: 3 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Editorials

Special session: Hospital district, regional transit victims of partisan legislative games

Last week’s special legislative session, aimed at correcting a marijuana-tax error, accomplished exactly nothing good, and the stubbornness of a few GOP committee members will mean some Colorado...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Sand Canyon: While not overwhelmingly welcome, plans for adequate parking are overdue

A parking lot at Sand Canyon? What a novel idea, considering that right now there isn’t one at the most popular spot in all the 176,000 acres of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Some...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Yucca House: Land deal would solve longstanding access issue to this isolated site

Thank you to the Montezuma County commissioners for voting not to block a land donation that will allow improved access to the tiny Yucca House National Monument southwest of Cortez. Thanks are due...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public Lands Day: Manage resources for Americans, not for the profits of corporate ‘citizens’

Public lands are among our greatest treasures and our shared ownership of them is one of this nation’s greatest strengths. Americans celebrate National Public Lands Day tomorrow in a political...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Health care 3.0: Penalizing kids is not good policy, nor a sound investment in our future

If your head is spinning from the news – natural disasters, security threats and the most recent GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act – you are not alone. There is a dizzying amount of...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Boutique Air: Rise in ticket prices rightly worries local passengers who depend on air service

When Boutique Air proposed to provide service to the Cortez Municipal Airport, and when the Cortez City Council welcomed Boutique, local travelers had hopes that issues experienced with Great Lakes...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

DACA: Congress failing to act on immigration will weaken U.S. economy and security

The timing of the announcement of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program could not have been worse. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered an...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Justice Center: A good idea, an attractive building in a blossoming part of town

Montezuma County’s new Justice Center on Empire Street opens Monday. It’s beautiful, functional and a substantial improvement over the outdated judicial facilities at the downtown courthouse. ...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

NPS maintenance: Deferred repairs at our nation’s parks and monuments put them all at risk

Mesa Verde National Park has deferred $65.7 million worth of maintenance, according to figures by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Mesa Verde is just one of 400 park units that account for a total of...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Disasters

The trouble with agendas is that real life can get in the way. Lately, the sky in Southwest Colorado has ranged from dull brownish-blue to just plain brown as catastrophic wildfires in states to...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials