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Honor our planet Sunday, every day

Sunday is Earth Day, the one day of the year that we honor our global life support system. Since it's the only one we've got, it seems it should be recognized every day. Everything in nature is...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Wake up, electricity users!

This LPEA election will have massive negative consequences if we elect the wrong candidates. Self-proclaimed "progressive" candidates want to take LPEA out of the long-standing contract with...

DATE: April 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Read a paper - or two or three - this week

This is Colorado Journalism Week, so there have been some celebrations of our work in our newspapers and on social media. It's hard, of course, when you're working in a rapidly changing industry....

DATE: April 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

McLachlan: state budget benefits Colorado families, rural areas

Colorado's constitution requires the state of Colorado to balance its budget every year; that sounds easier than it is. Our strong 2018 economic forecast provided a boost to the budget, and gave...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Tri-State vote ensures lower rates, more discussion on renewable energy

As LPEA's director appointed to serve on Tri-State's board, a frequent question I receive is - why did you vote to keep the Tri-State 5 percent self-generation provision and not increase it? My...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Pine River Shares finishes first year as independent organization, gives thanks

We would like to thank the generous donors and volunteers for the tremendous support Pine River Shares received during our first year as an independent organization serving the communities of the...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Future of LPEA electricity is changing

My name is Jeff Mannix, you may know me from the Durango Pro Rodeo Series or from Santa Rita Ranch Texas Longhorn beef at the Farmer's Market. I am running for a seat on the La Plata Electric...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Vote for Wheeler for LPEA board

As a Durango small business owner, I appreciate a LPEA candidate who promotes the use of affordable, locally generated, clean renewable energy. Tim Wheeler, a candidate for District 4 (north of...

DATE: April 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Holy week is time for reflection

When Easter Sunday falls on April Fools Day? Well heck, all kinds of hijinks can happen. Grapes and other healthy treats disguised as candy are being featured on social media. I don't think I could...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

It's time to get rid of flashing yellow turn signals on U.S. Highway 160

One more dead, one more critically injured and countless lives changed. I believe CDOT's "flashing yellow arrow experiment" has proven it is not safe. It is confusing and distracting and it is too...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Flashing yellow lights are dangerous at U.S. Highway 160 intersection

A double tragedy took place in Bayfield March 17; an accident took the life of a well-known and beloved gentleman. The other party involved is also a well-known and beloved lady. Both families are...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Rep. Tipton doesn't represent SW Colo.

Scott Tipton does NOT represent me. Big oil, Big banks, NRA, yes, but NOT me. I believe climate change and the continued degradation of our planet is the most significant threat facing us: melting...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion