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‘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...

Cut costs: No bills larger than $20; keep only quarters

There are two monetary proposals (not original to me) that could save the federal government millions of dollars. One sounds good but is a matter of which I have no firsthand knowledge. The ...

On MLK Day: Heroes do not act alone

Every year, the arrival of the Martin Luther King holiday calls us to pause and reflect on King’s legacy. And every year, I’m struck by the same thing: As sincere as we are in our reverenc...

Support wildlife, oppose solar facility with no local benefit

La Plata County review has halted the proposed Hesperus Solar until California-based Primergy corrects numerous application deficiencies for the 155-megawatt, industrial-scale solar facility...

Need BLM to prioritize wildlife habitat, migration corridors

In Southwest Colorado, we are fortunate to be located near many Bureau of Land Management lands, where residents and visitors recreate, camp, view wildlife, hunt and fish. Thanks to the remo...

Seeking mental health care a strength, not weakness

For most of us, going to the doctor is a regular part of life. We get annual checkups and do our best to follow the doctor’s recommendations. If an issue is found, we see a specialist: For h...

Pickleballers, the unhoused both face NIMBYism

We have two prominent examples of NIMBYism in Durango. I have pondered the similarities between pickleball and the plight of the homeless here in our town. They both share a similar reaction...

Have you seen the stars? Artemis, future, hope

Artemis 1 splashed down off the coast of Baja California on Dec. 11 after a 42-day mission described as a resounding success. That triggered a raft of emotions left over from the various ver...

‘Pelé’s magic doesn’t fit in a trophy room’

The simplest way to capture the achievements of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Brazil’s unparalleled Pelé, is to tally the numbers. In two decades, he scored 1,283 goals (although the exact nu...

Former bookseller Joyce Meskis a ‘First Amendment hero’

The passing of Joyce Meskis, former owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store, on Dec. 22, provides the opportunity to celebrate her numerous and substantial accomplishments in improving the li...

Need integrated health care focused on brain disorders

As a result of my two guest columns in The Durango Herald and The Journal about my experiences with Alzheimer’s, I’ve received a multitude of pats on the back, hugs and messages of support f...
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