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 It’s beautiful, functional and a substantial improvement over the outdated judicial facilities at the downtown courthouse.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


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

Monuments review: Secrecy is the wrong way to approach public land discussions and decisions

The public has not seen Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s draft recommendations to President Donald Trump about changing the size and use of several national monuments. Since the topic is public...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

RE-1 override

On the November ballot, Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 will ask voters to approve a mill levy override for three purposes: bus replacement, up-to-date technology and raising teacher...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Civility: Model decency and dignity to help bring order to messy business of democracy

Most Americans have little reluctance to state firmly that race-based superiority is wrong. At the same time, too many fall into the belief that their political opponents are inherently inferior....

DATE: Aug. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Parks pass: At new price, Senior Pass will still be worth far more than it costs

On Monday, the price for a lifetime national park pass for senior citizens will jump from $10 to $80. If you’re 62 or older, now is the time to get yours because that’s a huge price hike. But this...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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