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Can we enter abortion, gun debates with compassion?

The debates about abortion and guns in the United States rage on. When does life begin? Religious traditions offer answers ranging from “life begins at conception” to “life begins with the f...

‘Ascent seems to be religious school cloaking true nature’

As reported by The Durango Herald, the Colorado Department of Education has directed the Durango School District 9-R board to review the charter application of Ascent Classical Academy withi...

Advocates, ranchers outfitters can coexist with wolves

Wolves are returning to Colorado. About half of us are happy about this and about half of us aren’t. Working together, however, we can make it work for all of us. Proposition 114, passed by ...

How about riverside site for fire, police?

What do Durango Fire District, River City Hall, the old Durango High School, a bordello and the Animas City Cemetery have in common? Before I answer that question, let’s ponder a “hot topic....

Welcome to the other side of paradise

I moved to Durango in 2018 to work at Fort Lewis College. For me, moving to La Plata County was a move home. Born in Telluride and raised in Norwood, I frequently visited Durango as a kid. B...

One Small Step encourages strangers to converse

The fact that we live in a divisive time is not lost on anyone. At times, it feels like the world and our country are coming apart at the seams. Throughout my career, I’ve sought opportuniti...

Bipartisan wins during legislative session

As we hit the 120th day of the 2022 session, I reflect on our accomplishments. After several nights working past midnight, then coming back to work early the next morning, survival right now...

Don’t be fooled: Scotch egg not Scottish

If you haven’t had a Scotch egg before, it is a pub and picnic food delicacy you should try. However, don’t be fooled. A Scotch egg is actually of English origin (Yorkshire). First, no self-...

SJBPH responsive during counties’ next steps

As the Executive Committee of the Board of Health, we would like to discuss the work session we held on April 28. The work session was conceived with the goal of coming together as a board t...

Homegrown parks coming to your neighborhood

National parks have been getting a lot of love since the pandemic, so much that this summer you need reservations at many. For example, you must make a reservation just to drive Montana’s le...

Political forces compound climate-change difficulties

The climate emergency featured prominently in Earth Day messages this year, underscored by the recent publication of the third and final section of the massive climate assessment by the Inte...

County commissioners unite to oppose collective bargaining

Montezuma and La Plata counties share a border, some telecommunications and health services, and a regional economy centered on our beautiful landscapes such as the La Plata Mountains and Me...
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