Opinion

Airport subsidies

In 1978, when the airline industry was deregulated and airlines wanted to pull out of small markets to focus on profitable large airports, the Essential Air Service program of subsidies was created...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Trump slump: Uneasy foreigners may spend travel budgets elsewhere

Tourism is an important economic force in Southwest Colorado, and its success depends on multiple factors: weather, wildfires, gas prices, airfares, news coverage, terror threats, violence against...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

White Mesa: Remote location does not excuse radioactive spills

At least twice over the past two years, radioactive sludge has leaked from a truck traveling between an eastern Wyoming uranium mine and White Mesa, Utah, south of Blanding. En route, the trucks...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Hemp and H20: Legislation signed in Cortez removes hurdle to hemp farming in Colorado

It is good to find simple solutions to what seem to be complicated problems. That is the case with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature on Senate Bill 117, now a law that declares Colorado water...

DATE: June 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

71st General Assembly: Legislative session touted as most production in years

The 71st session of the Colorado General Assembly moved the state forward on a variety of fronts, to a degree not seen in previous years, thanks to a willingness to compromise by both parties, and...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Public Lands: Spring is a great time to get outside and informed about a threat to public lands

Some Americans are not so lucky. They will never experience the majesty of the American West and the bounty and the beauty of its public lands. These lands and the waters that flow through them...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

City of parks: Celebration recognizes history and public parks as community assets

Cortez celebrated its parks on Saturday, with a little assistance from city preservation board members. It was the city’s 8th annual Historic Preservation Day in the midst of National Historic...

DATE: May 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

BLM headquarters: Agency needs to improve its decision processes, but a move will not do that

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) and Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) recently introduced legislation into their respective chambers to authorize moving the Bureau of Land Management’s Washington, D.C.,...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Western Excelsior: Fire was a disaster, an opportunity and a lesson for our community

The fire at Western Excelsior is a major disaster not only for the company and its employees, but for the Town of Mancos. It is also an opportunity. Not one Mancos would have sought, but one that...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Kids Count: Childhood poverty harms entire communities, and generations

The future of children growing up in poverty is bleak in many ways. Such children are at risk for poor health, low educational achievement, teen pregnancy and remaining impoverished as adults. ...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Firestone blast: Governor Hickenlooper is right to demand maps from producers

The most expensive single purchase most people will ever make is a home. They deserve reasonable certainty that it is not going to explode in flames. Last month, in a new housing development in...

DATE: May 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

House Bill 1321 should not be a shock to hunters and anglers

Hunters and anglers who claim to be sideswiped by Colorado House Bill 1321 – a bill that would allow Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife Commission to hike the fees for resident hunting and fishing...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials