The gift of runoff in a wet season

One recent evening, a friend and I walked along a mountain creek in central Colorado that only a few hours before had been covered with snow. Boulders once visible had been replaced by froth and...

DATE: July 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

How we got ourselves into such deep debt

Our national debt is a very serious problem, as Rep. Tipton reminded us in his recent Journal column. It is useful to look back and see how and when this debt accumulated.Understandably, World War...

DATE: July 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Modified Alternative B is a balanced plan

I am not a hunter. I am, however, a mountain biker who uses the roads and trails in the Boggy Draw and McPhee Lake sections of the travel plans extensively. I have seen the condition of the roads...

DATE: July 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Shifting gears, wearing Lycra

After riding for 25 years atop my old English 10-speed with the skinny steel wheels and tape-wrapped handlebars, I finally bought one of those fancy, 21-speed mountain bikes.When I got the new bike...

DATE: July 19, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

The world is run by those who show up

Rome wasn’t built in two days. It wasn’t built by people who weren’t actively engaged in the work, either. The youth of the Youth Leadership Council are working to make big changes in the...

DATE: July 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Summer’s political flings

Presidential politics during the summer before the summer before the next election is a lot like spring training baseball. The games are fun to watch, but the scores don’t mean much. Back in the...

DATE: July 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Strange new world

I seem to be living in a strange new world. While willing to concede that the passing years may have transmogrified my memories; there are certain things that are historically accurate. My last...

DATE: July 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Prevent tobacco use before it starts

Protecting our kids doesn’t end at the school exit.With schools now out, parents and others in our community will once again be faced with the challenges of keeping kids engaged in positive...

DATE: July 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Our founding values

This Independence Day, we celebrate the 235th anniversary of our freedom. Our sacred liberty was born out of the hard-fought struggle of our ancestors to break free from the chains of tyranny that...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Why the Southwest is burning

No big thing happens for just one reason. This season’s fires, cutting broad swaths across the Southwest, result from the convergence of three powerful forces: climatic drought, institutional...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Writers on the Range

Clue in, you win Principle #3: Be perceptive

The youth of Youth Leadership Council are cluing in to the needs of their community. The group is asking the citizens of the city of Cortez, the city council and local law enforcement how an...

DATE: June 23, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Father’s Day — it’s complicated

Due to varying family circumstances, Father’s Day is not a “one size fits all” holiday. Different individuals greet the day with warmth, melancholy, numbness or anger.Father’s Day is an event that...

DATE: June 18, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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