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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...

Nothing Left to Fear

Across the land, a disease of man, powered by corporate hands, is driving up the prices of once-forgotten sand. They’re grabbing up homes, that they've never seen, and piecing together equit...

Bills address watersheds, forests, natural disasters

We celebrated Earth Day last week, a holiday set aside to show our love for nature, ample water, clean air and a healthy world. The Legislature takes the celebration seriously. Understanding...

Invest in independent meat processing for fair market

As a rancher, I know how much hard work, time and dedication go into raising livestock. I know that these challenges only continue when you try to process your beef, poultry or hogs for meat...

Resources address youth mental health

It has been troubling to witness the steep decline in the mental health of Colorado’s youth. It is even more troubling to see the decline intensified by pandemic pressures. Children’s Hospit...

Cannot return to time before Roe v. Wade

Before 1965, married couples in the United States did not have the legal right to use birth control. A wife needed her husband’s permission to purchase any kind of contraception. 1965 was al...

‘Liars dominate’ in faux wildlife photography

I’m disgusted with American journalism. It’s boring. I blame editors for assigning uninteresting stories, and people interviewed for being evasive. So, for a modest fee, I provide journalist...

Delta County a model for up-and-coming farmers, ranchers

In 1991, when Lee Bradley started farming near Paonia in the North Fork Valley of Colorado, he was hired to manage a fruit farm owned by the coal company, Cyprus Orchard Valley Coal Corp. Mi...

Latinas lead abortion-access fight

As we brace for a decision from the Supreme Court, which will likely upend Roe v. Wade and reduce abortion access for half the country, some states are passing copycat bills like the six-wee...

Many solutions to combat climate change

We have faced unprecedented threats and disruptions in the past few years. Nothing feels stable or predictable anymore. We’ve learned to be resilient instead. That will help us solve the cha...

Bipartisan work in action with co-sponsored bills

We often hear about bipartisan work in government, and although it sounds good, we wonder if it really happens. I cannot guarantee it occurs at the federal level, but in Colorado, it does. I...
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