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Southwest Open School is asking local voters for $3.4 million to match a $7.4 million state grant to provide new facilities for the alternative high school.That’s a reasonable request, and voters...

DATE: Oct. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Low-altitude flight training

The United States Air Force has a responsibility to ensure its personnel are adequately trained for any conditions they might encounter and, in pursuit of that standard, should avail itself of as...

DATE: Oct. 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


Are unemployed Americans lazy because they won’t come to the West Slope to cut corn?Last week, the New York Times published a story about the difficulties of an Olathe, Colo., farmer who tried to...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Yes on Prop. 103 Temporary sales, income tax increase would give schools reprieve

As the Colorado budget has shrunk over recent years — thanks to the perfect storm of the economic downturn as well as conflicting constitutional amendments that ratchet down state spending while...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Improving airport security Low-hassle checks hold promise for air travelers

A trial program may be showing the way toward better airport security and less hassle for passengers. For anyone even passably familiar with the current system it can only be welcome news.The new...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


In a participatory democracy, participation is, by definition, a good thing. Government should do nothing to hinder eligible voters from casting their ballots.But Coloradans who have not voted...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials


A study of potential traffic solutions for the intersection of Mildred and Montezuma is past due, and the city staff deserves commendation for building one into next year’s budget.The intersection...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

San Juan Wilderness

When Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act of 2011 in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, it was anything but a seat-of-the-pants initiative. The bill embodies years of...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

District 58

State legislative redistricting is a done deal, and Cortez has been traded to the 58th House District. “Resort towns” Durango, Telluride and Pagosa are now gathered in the 59th.By that very limited...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

CANM road closures

Since it was created in the waning days of the Clinton administration, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has embodied the divergent interests that tug public lands management in multiple...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Air shows

Air shows are a much-loved relic of the age of empire. Watching highly skilled pilots perform high-speed aerobatics is an intensely patriotic experience evocative of the death-defying exploits of...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Re-1 board District needs everyone’s best ideas

The local Republican women have a right to invite anyone they want to address their organization, and to exclude anyone they don’t want.Still, their decision to hear from only school board...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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