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Earth’s warming temperature would seem to be a front-page story

If newspaper editors really wanted to bring proper attention to climate change, they would immediately dedicate a portion of their front page – say, lower left corner – to an “Earth Watch” b...

Conservative Supreme Court justices are asking us to stop calling them partisan hacks

You may have noticed that an unusual number of Supreme Court justices have taken to publicly defending themselves – my favorite is Amy Coney Barrett’s we’re-not-partisan-hacks defense – as c...

Chaco Culture National Park is under siege

It is not an exaggeration to say that New Mexico’s Chaco Culture National Historical Park is under siege. A surge of oil and gas development threatens this ancestral site, recognized as one ...

It’s past time for Colorado to tackle the ‘pink tax’

We’re all aware that the role of women has changed in the last centuries, but probably less aware that their biology has also changed. Together, these changes have helped change society. Cur...

How I learned to love maggots

If you’re one of those people who composts everything you can think of because you want to build up your garden soil, you might — like me this summer — learn to love the maggots of black sol...

It’s time to stop shipping water across the Rockies

It was 1952 when the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs first started gobbling up water rights in a remote, high mountain valley on Colorado’s Western Slope. The valley is called Homestak...

Bystander distress, moral injury affects children’s mental health

Counseling alone cannot address the current crisis in children’s mental health. I’ve provided psychotherapy to children and adolescents for 33 years. It’s not possible to talk a child out of...

The West is entering a new age of fire

Fire in the West is expected, and not so long ago, it seemed something the West experienced more than anywhere else. Nationally, big fires were treated as another freak of Western violence, ...

Here Comes the Autumn of Anxiety

In the heady days of spring, when the United States was vaccinating 3 million people a day, President Joe Biden predicted a “summer of joy.” But then the vaccination campaign stalled, and th...

Purple Cliffs is not the solution for the unhoused community

The crisis of people who have no safe place to sleep each night is not a city of Durango or La Plata County problem alone. It affects all of us and is requiring a collective effort to effect...

Support collaborative management of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests

Right now, Coloradans have a unique opportunity to guide the management of nearly 3 million acres of our beloved public lands for the next 20 years. If you backcountry ski in the Elk Mountai...

Wolves and the ‘landscape of fear’

This summer, three of us were hiking in Alaska’s western Brooks Range when we encountered a pack of eight wolves. We were far from any help when they moved toward us, paused and then disappe...
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