Opinion

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

Memo to Arnold Schwarzenegger

My adoptive parents told me I was “chosen,” but the kids at school told me I was a “bastard.”The recent headlines about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelities and the son he fathered out of wedlock...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Prepare your home for wildfire

Wildfire will find the weakness in your home’s defenses, so start minimizing your risks today!Of course, if your home is in the woods, this can seem like an absolutely daunting prospect, but...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Wild Lands Policy needed

As member of the outdoor industry, we would like to voice our support for the Wild Lands Policy and creating new wilderness. At Osprey Packs, we have made backpacks and daypacks since 1974. Our...

DATE: May 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Nothing is more important

Nothing is more important to our country than building an educated workforce. While we need to cut the budget, we must remember that only taxpayers pay taxes, and without people working and paying...

DATE: May 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Pretending to listen

The temporary replacement for the position of San Juan National Forest district ranger and BLM Dolores Field Office manager has made it very clear: She will strive to listen, but the plan has...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

What’s behind the sign?

There is a slightly different look to the Southwest Colorado Community College-West Campus these days. New signage that has sparked some questions that warrant this column. When legislation passed...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Empire needs strong board leadership

I am leaving the Empire Electric board of directors due to my moving out of my district for personal reasons. I would like to thank the members of the cooperative for their support during my eight...

DATE: May 21, 2011 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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