Public notices: SB 156 is another attack on the public’s right to know

The legal notices that governmental entities pay to place in newspapers as a means of informing the public have played an important role in informing citizens about the actions of their government...

DATE: May 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

School week: Day off not a substitute for adequate pay

Last Friday, over 3,000 teachers from over a dozen school districts gathered at the Capitol to demand an increase in state funding for public education. One of the outcomes of inadequate funding –...

DATE: May 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Childhood poverty: Invest in kids to improve their well-being and grow healthy communities

The headline read: “Child poverty persists in Southwest Colorado despite low unemployment” (Journal, April 2 ). That’s just one nutshell of information from the “2018 Kids Count in Colorado!” an...

DATE: April 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Conservation districts

In the frightening aftermath of the Dust Bowl, the Soil Conservation Service was established to protect the country’s soil from erosion and depletion. For more than 80 years, conservation districts...

DATE: April 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Earth Day: Economy cannot ignore scientific realities

Earth Day this past Sunday springs from the understanding that our physical environment can be irreversibly damaged and how we treat it matters, every day of the year. That admission was not always...

DATE: April 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Real, local news matters – A community’s strength depends on a strong press

The annual Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week, and as usual, they include examples of exceptional journalism: sexual harassment in major industries, the Senate race in Alabama, white...

DATE: April 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: Both fire prevention and response funds are necessary and should not compete

The $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress in time to avert a government shutdown last month includes something western states have long wanted: money dedicated specifically to fighting...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fuel efficiency: EPA emissions rollback will hurt rural pocketbooks, fuel economy and clean air

The Environmental Protection Agency, under its embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced last week that it will roll back Obama-era emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Those...

DATE: April 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Import tariffs: Trade policy can cost and save jobs, have unintended consequences for communities

Controlling trade is one of the ways President Donald Trump intends to fulfill his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” By levying tariffs on the importation of goods that can be produced...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Clean water: Let’s not miss an opportunity to protect water quality from future mining impacts

The Journal editorial board applauds state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, for her bill introduced last month to hold future mine operators responsible for water contamination caused by their...

DATE: April 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Annika Lewis: Teen gains a worldwide view, shines a global spotlight on rural Colorado

Kudos to 15-year-old Montezuma-Cortez High School student Annika Lewis for representing rural U.S. women at the 2018 session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (Journal, Feb. 2 3)....

DATE: April 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Shane Hale: Cortez City manager has done a great job

Cortez City Manager Shane Hale’s recently announced move to Windsor, Colorado, will be a gain for that city and a big loss for Cortez. The city has seen a great deal of progress since his tenure...

DATE: March 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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