Opinion

Governor’s race: With big money in the campaign, we appeal for civility

With the primary elections over, the November stage is set for what promises to be a contentious campaign for governor. To the race – between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton –...

DATE: June 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Beat the drum

When a large portion of your economy is based on tourism, there are a lot of terrifying scenarios of how it can get knocked off course. A devastating wildfire is one. But there are others that we...

DATE: June 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Primary recap: Election will determine our choices in November

The Democratic ticket for governor includes a particularly strong mix of candidates, including outgoing Rep. Jared Polis, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and former two-term state treasurer Cary...

DATE: June 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Autopsy review

The death of a child is a particularly painful tragedy for anyone and deserves compassion for those near and far. A child can die from a medical issue or an accident, or from harm inflicted by...

DATE: June 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

A turning point?

The lifting of evacuation orders for 375 residences and 19 businesses on Thursday afternoon, coming a day after residents were allowed back into more than 500 homes and 20 businesses in the...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Summer on hold: Raging wildfires, and a forest closure, define the summer of 2018

Those folks lucky enough to attend the 88th annual Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds may have seen more than a fine opening fireworks display and a lot of great action...

DATE: June 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Funding PERA: Legislature steps in again to fund the program

We didn’t hear any trumpets sounding this week from Denver when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill to rescue the Public Employees’ Retirement Association from its potentially unsustainable...

DATE: June 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

The right move

The unanimous vote by the Dolores School District Re-4A Board of Education to approve a raise in teacher salaries for the 2018-19 school year was the right move, even if in financial terms the...

DATE: June 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Class of 2018

In the past couple of weeks, area high schools have graduated a class of fine young people whose accomplishments and ambitions are evidence that a lot is going right in our hometowns and our...

DATE: May 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Culture of secrecy

One of the challenges of environmental protection is that human activity produces pollution. Driving is a good example, from the extraction of mineral resources that eventually will become a...

DATE: May 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Remember Me: Veteran Bob Harms commemorates the Memorial Day holiday in verse

Bob Harms of Durango is a part-time poet. Very part-time. Harms, now retired from a firefighting career and a grandfather of four, writes just one poem a year, during the holiday season. The poems...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Time for Tipton and Gardner to support local leaders, public lands

On Thursday, as a fitting start to the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day – celebrated Saturday – a bipartisan bill led by Sen. Michael Bennet naming two local mountain peaks after two...

DATE: May 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Editorials