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Health insurers’ departures

Print this articleOpponents of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, have long been frustrated in their efforts to get it overturned. They’ve failed time and again both in Congress and the courts. But they may be winning the battle through … Continue reading

Published in Editorials


Print this article“Nobody’s irreplaceable,” my Free Press co-owner, Wendy Mimiaga, is fond of saying. Her point is that all of us leave our jobs at some point, and no matter how well we’ve filled our positions, eventually someone else is … Continue reading

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Dear GOP lawmakers: Use common sense

Print this articleIt’s been a decade since Republicans held the presidency as well as a majority in both houses of Congress, so it’s natural that they now have the bit in their teeth and want to move swiftly to further … Continue reading

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Fees increase at Mesa Verde

Print this articleEntrance fees to Mesa Verde National Park have increased. The new fees are $20 for a private vehicle (up from $15); $10 per person (up from $7); and $15 per motorcycle (up from $10). The cost of an … Continue reading

Published in February 2017

Women’s March for Unity draws 500 in Cortez

Print this articleAbout 500 people in Cortez joined more than a million people worldwide in the Women’s March for Unity Saturday – a demonstration for civil rights and progressive causes and a protest against Donald Trump’s administration. Braving eight inches … Continue reading

Published in Breaking News

Sage-grouse plan released

Print this articleThe BLM is seeking public comment on the Gunnison Sage-Grouse Rangewide Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment and Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The BLM manages about 623,000 acres, or 37 percent, of Gunnison sagegrouse habitat across the range of … Continue reading

Published in December 2016 Tagged

Presidential proclamation inspires a protest

Print this articleIn northern San Juan County, Utah, President Obama is a man who can do nothing right – the worst President ever. So the day after he proclaimed a new national monument encompassing 1.35 million rugged acres in the … Continue reading

Published in January 2017 Tagged

Bears Ears monument announcement draws praise, ire

Print this articleBy Sonja Horoshko and Gail Binkly Both delight and rage greeted President Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Native American tribes hailed the inclusion of five tribes in management of the monument, … Continue reading

Published in Breaking News

The soul of apple cider

Print this articleIt is said that the soul of cider is grounded in the soil (the French term is terroir). In the Montezuma Valley, the deep roots of the old apple trees are also grounded in the agricultural community. The … Continue reading

Published in November 2016

Citizens march for peace, solidarity

Print this articleSixty people bearing signs such as “Love Wins” and “Stand United” marched a mile along Cortez’s Main Street on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12, in what was billed as an event to promote unity and healing. Organizer Molly Cooper … Continue reading

Published in November 2016