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Don’t put too many eggs in the recreation basket

Print this articleThe astonishing downturn in the price of oil over recent months has had far-reaching consequences. One of those has been to give urgency to previously lackadaisical discussions in Montezuma County about finding “something” to drive the local economy … Continue reading

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Is there a future for the trail?

Print this articleIt would be easy to lambaste the Montezuma County Planning and Zoning Commission for its apparent opposition to a 17-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail proposed between Cortez and Mancos. The group of four (one member was absent) had … Continue reading

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The peculiar clash over mosquito control

Print this articleThe dispute between the Montezuma County commissioners and the Montezuma Mosquito Control District is one of the strangest clashes involving local-government entities in recent years. On April 18, the commissioners voted 3-0 to oust the district from its … Continue reading

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Bears Ears’ future

Print this articlePeople are working themselves into a lather over Bears Ears National Monument – a monument that does not yet exist but has been proposed by a coalition of five Native American tribes. It would cover some 1.9 million … Continue reading

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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

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Irreplaceable

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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Losing faith in local government

Print this articleAugust 2014 The July 7 public hearing on land use in the Dolores River Valley was disheartening for a number of reasons. One was minor, yet telling: It became clear that none of our county commissioners are familiar … Continue reading

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