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Overcoming political extremism: Attracting qualified candidates

To defeat extremism, nothing is more important than finding talented, ethical and qualified candidates to run for public office. But often, qualified citizens are reluctant to run. They expe...

Now’s the time to start Hermosa to Durango Trail

Imagine riding your bike north out of town all the way to Hermosa on a separated bike trail that has no huge climbs or big drops, out for a casual lunch, meetings or just for fun with your f...

Due process for all or every person at risk

Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center originated in the late 1990s following a community push to shut down plans to build an immigrant detention center in La Plata County. Today...

Longing for an era that was sometimes dreadful

A recent trip to Farmington yielded a welcome insight into what is going on in this country. Welcome, but disturbing. On the way back, there was a large sign that struck me as important. It ...

Historical memory behind separation of church, state

Congressman Lauren Boebert’s statements concerning separation of church and state might be stale news. But she did win the election, so let’s examine her assertions. The statements, made at ...

Plowing curb to curb safer for cars, pedestrians

I like snow. I get all excited when a storm is coming. I sit by the window with a hot beverage and watch the snow as it is coming down. I play in it with snowshoes and skis (the cross-countr...

Overcoming political extremism: Not as divided as we think

At times, it seems we can’t heal what divides us. Sixty-six% of Americans believed that the political divide increased during the previous year, according to an August 2022 poll by the Econo...

On Alzheimer’s: ‘Loss of self my deepest sorrow’

Readers of The New York Times submitted their best advice from 2022. One gem was, “Everyone is going through something.” Wise to keep this in mind. I’m sharing my something that is Alzheimer...

Innovative nursing program to build 4 Corners workforce

Coloradans rightfully expect their colleges and universities to educate students and address critical needs facing our state. A new collaboration between Fort Lewis College and the Universit...

Utility poles, complex permitting prolong digital divide

On the Western Slope, we are lucky enough to be part of an incredibly beautiful and unique landscape. From the national monuments to the Great Sand Dunes, we live among some of the most valu...

‘Hopeful signs on horizon’ for restaurant industry

We are having deep, thought-provoking discussions about the economy in the General Assembly this year, determining ways to help hardworking Coloradans navigate the financial hurdles they fac...

Capturing methane leaks protects all of us

Thirty-five years ago this month, The Durango Herald ran a front-page article announcing that Amoco was planning to drill a thousand gas wells in La Plata County. Today, over 3,500 wells hav...
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