Opinion

Solar eclipse: How will Montezuma County celebrate?

In just over a few weeks, a 70-mile wide strip across the U.S. will turn dark during daylight hours. It is being called the Great American Eclipse (never mind that the eclipse will travel across a...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Canyons of Ancients is safe, but what about hidden agenda?

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced officially what he said informally a few weeks ago: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has survived the review process intact. That decision is...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Every Kid Outdoors: Introducing kids to America is priceless

Kudos to Rep. Scott Tipton for recommending that a good government program be made permanent. The Every Kid Outdoors Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, asks the Department of the...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Lower Dolores D-minus: Low flows hamper native fish, trout

Conservation Colorado’s grade of D-minus for the Lower Dolores River must be put into context. Conservation Colorado is an environmental organization, and the score is not based on how well the...

DATE: July 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Voter fraud: Citizens lacking trust in Trump’s election integrity commission

As many as 3,400 Coloradans, along with voters in other states, have canceled their voter registration rather than have the information on their registration forms be shared with President Donald...

DATE: July 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trade show: Colorado wins Outdoor Retailer show with smart bid, respect of public lands

Colorado has gained the Outdoor Retailer trade show that Salt Lake City let get away. That’s a big win for Colorado, a big nod to outdoor recreation’s ever-increasing economic clout and a big...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Pesticide studies: Shutting down pesticide studies will not make health risks to humans disappear

At the request of Dow Chemical and two other pesticide manufacturers, the Trump administration is poised to ignore federal scientists’ findings about the risks of three pesticides. That is politics...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Rosa Sabido: Immigration reform must address cases like hers

Rosa Sabido, now receiving sanctuary in a Mancos church since her last application to stay in the country was denied, is not an example of problems caused by uncontrolled immigration. For the past...

DATE: July 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Wildfire funding: One wet year does not justify cuts to federal firefighting funds or crews

In southwest Colorado this past winter, high country snowfall was abundant – overly so, from the viewpoint of mountain dwellers who had few breaks during the season of snow removal. The snowpack...

DATE: July 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Diamond disgrace: Model good sportsmanship or stay home

Tens of thousands of viewers have now seen a video of local T-ball spectators engaging in a knock-down, drag-out fight at Parque de Vida. The video is embarrassing for the whole community, because...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Canyons of the Ancients: Zinke is right - It’s fine the way it is

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke apparently has told members of Colorado’s congressional delegation that he is not inclined to alter or eliminate Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Both of...

DATE: June 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fossil water: Use of dust retardant deserves closer look

The Montezuma County commissioners have done the right thing in temporarily halting use of “fossil water” as a dust retardant on county-maintained gravel roads. The arguments for the liquid, a...

DATE: June 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials