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‘Conserve what’s best about the Dolores’

The Dolores Canyons region in western Colorado is a quintessential western landscape – high, wide and wild. Dolores country is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from mountain lions and tu...

‘Don’t have confidence to explain what I’m thinking’

I am often asked what changes I notice as my Alzheimer’s disease progresses. The overarching symptom is lack of confidence. I was lucky before in that I had an abundance of confidence in alm...

‘Hunters, anglers lost an ally by opposing my confirmation’

I recently resigned from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission in the face of opposition from hunting, outfitting and livestock producer groups. The opposition to my confirmation provid...

Free land ‘came at great cost to Lakota’

There’s a place in South Dakota, about 25 miles north of Wall Drug, that some locals still call “Jew Flats.” More than 100 years ago, the U.S. gave my great-great grandparents and their chil...

Free land ‘came at great cost to Lakota’

There’s a place in South Dakota, about 25 miles north of Wall Drug, that some locals still call “Jew Flats.” More than 100 years ago, the U.S. gave my great-great grandparents and their chil...

Civic center ‘potentially unnecessary, massive expense’

I was dismayed by The Durango Herald’s Feb. 16 article about the city seeking to extend the 2005 sales tax in order to fund, in part, the construction of new city and police department offic...

Wolves ‘drugged, blindfolded, collared, moved to remote land’

What was it like for 10 captured Oregon wolves when Colorado Parks and Wildlife opened their crates on a December day last year? The wolves had been chased by helicopter, drugged, blindfolde...

Wolves ‘drugged, blindfolded, collared, moved to remote land’

What was it like for 10 captured Oregon wolves when Colorado Parks and Wildlife opened their crates on a December day last year? The wolves had been chased by helicopter, drugged, blindfolde...

‘Public will be left in dark around legislation that affects them’

Irony is the juxtaposition of one conceptual proposition with a directly contrary reality, like a “vegetarian butcher” or something that’s “seriously funny.” Or the swift enactment – during ...

‘Guilt crept in – what if he declined precipitously in memory care unit?

“I can't do this for one more day,” I wailed to myself after my husband of 40 years, including several years deep in dementia, baffled me with yet another irrational antic. These moments wer...

On water: ‘Hundred years later, citizens remain disengaged’

“Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.” – Unknown author Throughout thi...

My mother and crows: ‘Weird passion holds a lot more’

“Hello!” My mom yelled over the rolling gusts of wind, waving her hands to the crows perched high up in the aspen. “I’m Jennifer!” “Mom,” I said, ducking my head in embarrassment from the st...
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