Commissioner Lachelt recall is unfair

The majority of La Plata county voters did not vote for our current president. And we hear constantly from his supporters that we should deal with it and get over it. Yet it is these same people...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Rep. McLachlan: Colorado welcomes the Outdoor Retailer show

Gunnison and other mountain towns consistently run into a mutual problem: guests leave early because they can't acclimate to breathing in the high altitude. When resident Roanne Houck graduated...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Commissioner Gwen Lachelt serves La Plata County well, Koch Brothers don't

I'd laugh at the irony if not for the disturbing national trend that is visiting our special corner of the west. The Koch Brothers- of Koch Industries fracking wealth and fame- through their front...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield should lift ban on marijuana cultivation outside town limits

By Matt Hoffer Good politics involves compromise. Freedom is not free; it requires tolerance. The recent marijuana policy conversation puts two sides with valid arguments against each other. There...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

La Plata Electric board needs to consider options

At recent La Plata Electric Association meetings, I am grateful to see more members showing up to voice concerns about long term planning, requesting: Transparency about issues, information, and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Where have land-use code critics been for past year?

I'm glad to see my neighbors getting involved in the county planning process! My two cents: I only read the Herald headlines online, but I've known that the planning process wrecked last time and...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Behavior continues to embarrass the United States

The big political news from Washington D.C. has been Republican Congressman Devin Nunes's memo purporting to summarize top secret security documents that we can't see. It's for transparency, to...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

People of La Plata County deserve property rights, pursuit of happiness

By Judy Spady The core values of our county have been recently shaken due to the proposed Land Use Code (LUC) regulations. Thousands of citizens have become concerned. Our property rights are on...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Marijuana shops would harm Bayfield

Editor's note: This is a copy of a letter sent to the Bayfield Town Board. For many years, I had an office on Mill Street and children in the Bayfield schools. I intend to re-open an office on Mill...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Input needed on Bayfield marijuana sales, roundabout

When you're looking for something to do on a weeknight, I know, jumping up and going to a public meeting might not be at the top of the list. But sometimes, showing up is how things get done. We...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield softball player raising funds to compete in Australia

My name is Emma Candelaria and I have been selected to compete with America's Team traveling to Australia. I go to school at Bayfield High School, play softball for Durango High School and two...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

Bayfield Transportation gathering signatures to support taxi service

My name is Edward Heard, and I am an applicant for a taxi license in Bayfield. My application was approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, but the competion requested an intervention...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Opinion

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