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Stand up for public access to navigable rivers

Eighty-year-old Roger Hill used to go fishing on the Arkansas River in Colorado. But he sometimes had to duck baseball-size rocks thrown at him by landowners who insisted he was trespassing....

Yes, it’s a beautiful day, but spring is coming too soon

Ah, what a beautiful day! The air has that magical quality it sometimes gets in spring, a caressing softness on the skin. The buds on the plum trees are swelling, and the robins have ascende...

Bills address student health, safety, success

In 2008, former Rep. Ellen Roberts introduced House Bill 08-1157 to encourage student participation in the legislative process. She wanted students to “examine, evaluate and discuss the issu...

Our border with Mexico teems with contradictions

This time last year, I was doing a legal “water drop” on public land close to our border with Mexico, visiting as an unofficial and self-funded reporter to learn more about this local effort...

Imagine a great river, flowing free through Glen Canyon

Some environmental groups and water honchos have sponsored a “Rewilding of Glen Canyon” contest, with the winner getting $4,000 “and counting.” The contest’s goal is to reconnect the Colorad...

New behavioral health system will compassionately put people first

I gazed out the window at the snow-covered peaks and patchwork fields below as my plane approached the tarmac at Denver International Airport. Wheels down at last. I had arrived at my new ho...

Legislature invests in Colorado’s agricultural industry

Traditionally, the Colorado Department of Agriculture doesn’t ask for much. When the department heads annually to visit the Joint Budget Committee, outlining its financial needs for the yea...

In Colorado, end almost in sight for the natural gas bridge

Natural gas a decade ago was being called the bridge fuel. Burning it produces half the emissions of coal, yet it can be tapped to ensure reliable delivery of electricity. It was the bridge ...

When will Black history become part of American history?

It’s February – the month we celebrate the achievements and history of Black Americans. You can be sure we’ll hear about the brave souls that risked or even gave their lives to achieve right...

Guess who has outsized clout on public lands?

This may be a surprising story. It begins with a working group trying to save the last native bighorn sheep of Idaho’s and Wyoming’s Teton Range. Last fall, it reached agreement after years ...

Utah courts Outdoor Retailer show while destroying public lands

A new video released by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox argues the big, semi-annual trade show called Outdoor Retailer should come back to Salt Lake City. This is despite opposition from leading brand...

Don’t fall for crime fearmongering; focus on supporting law enforcement

It’s a new year with a new election cycle, and predictably we’re seeing crime-rate hyperbole from the political right. It’s an old ploy; don’t fall for it. This fearmongering usually includ...
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