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Wisconsin recall vote

There was no shortage of hype, anticipatory analyses and predictions leading up to Tuesday’s recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and the post-mortem reflections and divinations after...

DATE: June 6, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

‘Jobs candidate’

“It’s the economy, stupid,” was a slogan popularized by supporters of Bill Clinton. Although the initial intent was to remind campaign workers to focus on one of the Clinton’s central planks, it...

DATE: June 4, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Democracy in action

Once again, a political campaign in Montezuma County has deteriorated into vicious sniping, with most of the barbs flying in one direction.Will that strategy work? Possibly. Fear is a powerful...

DATE: June 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Leave artifacts where you find them

In a land of artifacts, what are the rules for collecting arrowheads and other artifacts (etc) on public lands?As the new manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office, I am...

DATE: June 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Politics and coal

As a region situated downwind of two of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the United States, Southwest Colorado is no stranger to the impacts that the energy source has on air quality....

DATE: May 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Senators from western states (and, inexplicably, Rhode Island) want to enshrine the Plains bison, colloquially known as the buffalo, as the “national mammal.”Perhaps the passenger pigeon wasn’t...

DATE: May 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Memorial Day

This is the first three-day weekend of the summer. Tourism is beginning to pick up. School is ending. The weather is warm (and windy, but that’s better than cold and windy). Gas is less expensive...

DATE: May 25, 2012 | CATEGORY: Editorials


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

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