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Identifying red flags prevents school violence

Recently, public discourse has begun to emphasize mental health challenges as the source of mass shootings. Prevention science specifies interventions, and identifying red flags and signific...

Make a difference in health care at ballot box

Since the 1980s, Americans have been told that inserting private health insurers as middlemen between patients and physicians will save money and improve care. After 40 years, that theory ha...

Police blotter highlights good old days in Durango

Will Rogers famously described Durango as “out of the way ... and glad of it.” (Look him up, young’uns). When I arrived in Durango in 1988, you could still pull a U-turn on Main Avenue and n...

Suicide, mutual cooperation and the future of humanity

I was 13 when Jim Hackett died by suicide. Jim and his wife worked for the Forest Service substation in Norwood, where I grew up. Like other parts of Southwest Colorado, my community was pla...

‘Nuisance’ yard a wild, interconnected ecosystem

I was hustling out of the house, ignoring my un-walked dog’s aggrieved expression, when I found the yellow slip tucked into our front door. A citation from the City of Durango informed us th...

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...
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