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The forecast for Fort Lewis College: Sunny and focused on students, community

When I arrived at Fort Lewis College as its president in August 2018, I knew the faculty and staff had tremendous potential to face any challenge. However, I knew there was serious work to ...

Public lands from Colorado to Alaska deserve protection

Like most Coloradans, and as owners of a Colorado outdoor business, we are deeply connected with and passionate about the outdoors and public lands. These lands are where we create memories...

When immortals die

Giant sequoias come as close to immortality as living organisms can. Many live over a thousand years, an almost unimaginable span of survival in the face of all of nature’s challenges. So it...

Declining birth rate is good news, not the worry reported

“U.S. birth rates are declining. This trend is cause for concern, because an aging population puts a strain on the economy.” – Kimberly Amadeo, in “The Balance,” April 29, 2021 The Centers ...

Is ‘systemic racism’ the right diagnosis?

“Your mind is like a parachute; it only works when it’s open,” my seventh-grade teacher counseled. That inspiration – and Mr. Rogers’ assurance that he liked me just the way I am – helped me...

Wildlife managers should learn how to ‘love the bear’s world’

Last spring, at the height of some of the most anxiety-ridden moments of the pandemic, my father read a poem to me over the phone. He’s 89 this year, and while he’s vibrant and healthy, I do...

Redistricting: Where’s a little gerrymander when you need one?

As I’m sure you must have noticed, it’s redistricting season in Colorado and also the first time this once-a-decade event will be determined by a nonpartisan commission, with staff doing the...

America is getting meaner, on the left and on the right

I went to see my doctor the other day for a COVID-19-delayed physical. Instead of talking about what ails me, he wanted to talk about what ails us. A dystopian country. The Babel of misinfor...

Tracy Stone-Manning is the leader we need for public lands

Having a qualified and collaborative director at the Bureau of Land Management has never been more important than it is today. Unprecedented challenges face the 245 million acres of public l...

White supremacy is metastasizing

Before the pandemic, the world was in trouble. The climate crisis was choking life out of the planet, the racial dynamic between white people and people of color was bad. Now, as the world s...

When water was plentiful

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched 3 acres of its riverfront float away. More recentl...

Now underway: An American Renaissance

In 1982, economist Mancur Olson set out to explain a paradox. West Germany and Japan endured widespread devastation during World War II, yet in the years after the war both countries experie...
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