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Climate change challenges Durango, Colorado

According to the U.N. Panel On Climate Change report, released on Aug. 9, human-caused climate change is rapid, global and intensifying. In the words of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterr...

Come together for health, safety of Durango’s children

I’m a longtime parent, active volunteer and community member. I’m heartbroken by our seeming inability to come together to support the health and safety of our children. I encourage us to be...

New Mexico joins Colorado in reducing methane pollution

New Mexico, the third-ranking U.S. oil producer, has taken action to curtail methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, moving it closer to neighboring Colorado’s leadership. Methane i...

Miller conundrum sparks memories of teaching in portables

As a Durango 9-R School Board member, I’m not sure how I’m going to vote for the Miller Middle School rebuild. As of this writing, the recommendation hasn’t been presented to the school boar...

Big pharma makes big bucks on vaccines at taxpayer expense

Taxpayer dollars are primarily why we have successful vaccines for fighting COVID-19. The government assumed the financial risk of development, which allowed us to get the vaccines so quick...

Liberate ‘The Pill’

Do you think that a medication that kills more than 3,000 people in the U.S. annually should be available without a prescription, even though it has health benefits? What about another medic...

Willing workers wait right at the border

For more than a year, our country longed for the economy to restart. But now that businesses are once again open, employers find themselves wondering where all the workers have gone. In Dura...

Robocall rebellion

Let’s find something fun to talk about. Really, we need a little break. The top topics for civic discussion right now are the pandemic, climate change and collapsing infrastructure. It’s sum...

Bennet's orphan well legislation embodies good stewardship

The physical and economic health of our states depends on fair and responsible management of publicly owned resources – everything from our school buildings to our state and national parks. ...

CPW has already earned a black eye on wolf reintroduction

Early this year, an internal whistleblower reported Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Northwest Regional Manager, JT Romatzke, for alleged actions that were at best unethical and at worst illega...

Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone?

Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone? They stack them into monoliths, paint them, write rude words on them. Who looks...

Facing up to hard truths about Native Amercian boarding schools

The national and global spotlight shines briefly on our region through a New York Times article published July 19, dateline Durango, Colorado: “Lost Lives, Lost Culture: The Forgotten Histor...
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