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Demolition derby, Fairgrounds ‘difficult decisions years in the making’

La Plata County will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2024 and for 75 of those years, the La Plata County Fair has celebrated the rich agricultural and rural heritage of the county. The fair ...

‘Cheap, easy’ to fix Malfunction Junction

There is an old adage that says for every problem, there is a solution that is simple, easy – and wrong. And there is a lot of truth to that. It does not follow, however, that all valid solu...

Where wild-horse herd management goes right

The sun is low on the horizon, casting soft light on the crimson boulders and cliffs of Spring Creek Basin. Bands of colorful wild horses dot the folded landscape as it gently dips toward th...

2 full-time jobs a remote-work myth

A boogeyman is lurking behind corporate America’s push to bring workers back to the office: the remote employee who is secretly working a second full-time job, not by working 80-hour weeks, ...

History in clearer view for sharper focus on future

This fall, Fort Lewis College opened our campus to 3,425 students, more than 39% of whom are members of federally recognized Tribal Nations. During first-year orientation for students and fa...

‘Hard to imagine trial of greater public importance’ than Trump’s

Yale law professor, legal scholar, and novelist, Stephen L. Carter (“Televising Trump’s Trials Is a Mistake,) argues in Bloomberg and The Washington Post that the criminal trial of former pr...

‘Indian names, caps, symbols and how media should portray them’

Ah yes, Major League Baseball’s post-season. “October Ball” is about to begin, and once again the low-budget baseball team from Cleveland will be absent. In fact, despite an exceedingly smal...

Prioritize ‘human life’ on Animas View Drive

Two weeks ago, a young woman full of potential was killed on Animas View Drive while walking her dog. It was 7:45 pm, dark and a sudden rainstorm had popped up. She was walking with the traf...

‘Cost creep’ in Colorado’s outdoors

When was the last time you got outside and how much did you spend to do it? I can’t help but wonder: Is it just me, or do rising costs for outdoor recreation seem to be everywhere you look t...

‘Antisemitism on rise’ – Boebert is no help

We are currently in the midst of the period between the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah and the Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur. It is a solemn period of gratitude, apologies and the resolutio...

1984 case ‘profound’ precedent to save Carpenter, neighborhood from ILC

The details of a 1984 lawsuit to stop industrial activities next to the Montview neighborhood in northwest Cortez have recently come to light. The significance of this 1984 court case on the...

Carpenter ‘critical’ to rights of sound-dependent birds

The rezoning of 1050 Lebanon Road in Cortez from commercial to industrial is incompatible with its proximity to Carpenter Natural Area (City Code Criteria D violation). This change would inc...
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