In late May and early June, public high schools all over the United States graduate a class of students and send them out to make their way in the world.Graduation is a moment to celebrate, to take...

DATE: May 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Gas prices

When gasoline prices began to climb rapidly in late winter, the conventional wisdom was, “Just watch; gas will be $4 a gallon by Memorial Day.” Some people said $5, and $9 was a popular number to...

DATE: May 23, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

General Assembly

The farcical conclusion of the state Legislature’s 2012 session got all the attention last week, and rightly so. The General Assembly’s descent into partisan bickering was unseemly and important...

DATE: May 21, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Changes at SCCC

For decades, visionary, community-minded residents of Montezuma County have worked hard to ensure local access to higher education. They’ve faced daunting obstacles. Local demographics results in...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials


KSJD and the Cortez Journal are partnering to provide more opportunities for readers and listeners to learn about the Republican candidates for Montezuma County commissioner and district attorney...

DATE: May 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

125 years

Cortez Historic Preservation Week activities that started Tuesday and end Saturday range from guided tours of Montezuma Avenue homes to a panel discussion about the Montezuma Valley’s early...

DATE: May 17, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Post offices

Under a plan to pare postal costs without drastically reducing service to rural residents, several area post offices — Mesa Verde, Yellow Jacket, Ophir and Egnar — would remain open with reduced...

DATE: May 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials


The Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival, which concludes this weekend, is a great example of low-impact economic development. Out-of-town birders, who often have deep pockets (and have to,...

DATE: May 12, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Fire district

The Cortez Fire Protection District said it needed money, and the voters said no.The tally — 1,075 for, 1,471 against — was closer than it might have been in this recessionary anti-tax era, and...

DATE: May 12, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Legislative collapse

The best argument for a part-time citizen legislature is that Colorado’s lawmakers have real lives. They are not entirely creatures of the alternate universe that is government.On Tuesday night,...

DATE: May 10, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

European elections

Voters in France and Greece registered their displeasure with their leaders’ economic policies over the weekend. How that might affect this country is not entirely clear, but it does point to an...

DATE: May 8, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Colorado roadless rule

Ever since early 2001, when President Bill Clinton announced his Roadless Area Conservation Rule in the waning days of his presidency, there has been uncertainty about what exactly that meant for...

DATE: May 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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