Federal fiddling, flaming forests

In AD 64, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. In 2011, the western United States burned and the federal government fiddled.The year is now 2012, and the fires have already started and the federal...

DATE: May 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Solar eclipse on Sunday evening

On late afternoon of Sunday, May 20, the southwestern United States will be treated to a rare astronomical event — an eclipse of the sun. Weather permitting, this will be the first annular solar...

DATE: May 17, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Shelter season ends with hope, insight

First and foremost, I want to thank all the wonderful, compassionate people and organizations who volunteered, donated funds, provided food or other goods for our clients. We could not provide the...

DATE: May 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Social Security for future generations

In recent months, this senior has received two glossy flyers from our own representative in Congress, Scott Tipton. Both flyers tell me how Mr. Tipton is fighting to protect Social Security and...

DATE: April 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Why are our students failing themselves?

Applause for those who write about the positive qualities of our school system and recognize that the health of our community is tied to the health of our schools. While it is true that Re-1 is...

DATE: April 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Weather mud season gracefully to avoid becoming ‘that person’

Happy spring, fellow trail users and outdoor enthusiasts! Even with all this beauty blooming around us, this can be a tough time of year. It’s mud season. Mud season can make a person very, very...

DATE: April 19, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Oil industry economics

Many letters to the editor about the oil industry have been filled with conspiracy theories and opinions stated as facts. The most blatant of these need to be addressed in a more thoughtful and...

DATE: April 7, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Party over principle

In his farewell address, George Washington warned of the damage political parties would inflict on the American landscape. The basic premise of the address was a condemnation of political parties...

DATE: April 5, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Farm bill partnerships reap many benefits

Ranching and farming is tough business. Families who’ve worked the land for generations to raise our beef or grow our food do so on thin margins. Especially in today’s volatile economy, it’s a...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Funding equipment, training, quick response

The Cortez Fire Protection District is requesting a 3.5-mill increase in its funding because we are unable to continue providing our community with the level of service we currently provide with...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Live together as brothers or die together as fools

I read Mr. Tradlener’s commentary on freeloaders with interest. I want to begin by expressing my respect for a man who is hard working, self-reliant, and resourceful.Some may look at another...

DATE: March 10, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A partner, in perpetuity

It is no secret that Montezuma and Dolores counties are blessed with incredible natural beauty, fertile soils and a rich history. Any driver passing through on the way to Telluride, Durango or...

DATE: March 6, 2012 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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