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Thu
19
Jan
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Feds want their money back

While you were toiling away these last few years struggling to pay off the high rates and deductibles associated with your health insurance purchase through the Colorado Exchange, state employees of the Exchange were using federal funds to throw baby showers, hand out excessive tips and generally misuse funds.
That's just the tip of the $9 million healthcare needle the Office of Inspector General has charged the state of Colorado with, in a December 2016 report, of not correctly expending Establishment Grant Funds to be used to create a health insurance marketplace in accordance with the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The feds want their money back.
The state is balking.

Thu
19
Jan
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The world in 2017 (warning: read at your own risk...)

A few thoughts at the end of a tumultuous and disappointing year.  There's no need to explain what was tumultuous about it and I wouldn't know where to start even if I tried. As for why it was disappointing, I'll get to that later.
The advent of any new year is a time of reflection and hope. It's the opposite of what typically happens at the end of an old year when we tend to reflect on whether or not we accomplished goals, how we handled difficult situations, and the like. Having some regrets is normal, a sign that we are being honest with ourselves.
Still, this time around it feels different, like it's not typical or normal by any standard. Not for America with the new defiant face it's showing to the world. Not for a world in which order and disorder have changed places.

Thu
19
Jan
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Timeless holiday memories filled with family, fun and trips to the ER

On the ranch this Christmas, there was snow on the ground and sunshine above; there were lights on the porch and a tree in the house; there were gifts under the tree and stockings near the fireplace. I was just thinking back to Christmases past. I remember my mother’s  stories of our family and the “dreaded Christmas curse."  
It’s true for a long time we seemed to be cursed when it came to the holidays. When I was a child growing up in Southern California, we had a fake tree in the living room but no fire…no fireplace…it was California. Along with typical Christmas traditions like baking cookies, watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and going to church on Christmas Eve came our holiday trips to the local emergency room.
I don’t remember it being strange that the Emergency Room nurses knew me by name. I knew them, too.

Thu
19
Jan
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Reflections on a grave new world

Greetings, this is your Captain speaking. We are about to experience some h u g e turbulence. Remain calm, fasten your seatbelts and trust me. I know more about flying planes than all the pilots in the world put together.
Dear readers, “we are about to embark on a voyage where no man has gone before.” Donald Trump is one Inauguration Ceremony away from becoming President of the United States of America (take a minute to let that really sink in). If that doesn’t palpitate your heart, consider the coming imbalance of power—as the Executive, Legislative and (soon) Judicial branches of Govie will rest solely in the unrestrained hands of a new breed of Angry Republicans, now licking “chops” and Hell-bent on revenge.

Thu
19
Jan
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Congrats to Richard Weber

Dear Editor,
I wanted to take the time to thank Richard Weber for such a fantastic job organizing the skijoring for the Town of Ridgway. It is a great winter event for the families and community to come together. Since we are a farming/ranching town, along with folks that ski - it could not have been more perfect. Thank you,

Cathy Redmond
Ridgway Real Estate

Thu
19
Jan
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Appalled at quote about sprinkler systems

Dear Editor,
I was appalled and outraged to read a quote in the Jan. 5 issue of the paper from Michael Bazin: “Sprinkler systems really do not save lives; people who die in fires die from smoke inhalation.”
Really? The NFPA and plenty of other reliable and respected sources, readily searchable on the internet, disagree. From an NFPA report US Experience with Fire Sprinklers dated June 2013: “With wet-pipe sprinklers the fire death rate per 1,000 reported home structure fires was lower by 82% and the rate of property damage per reported home structure fire was lower by 68%.”

Thu
08
Dec
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In his own safe space

College campuses have had a go of it this past year, what with feeling the Bern, becoming Never-Trumpers and trying to accommodate students needing their safe spaces.
Our delicate little flowers, whom we protected growing up by allowing them ribbons for fifth place finishes, by never handing out Fs as grades and by encasing them in bubble wrap every time they rode their bikes, are off to college and need even more protection.
Safe spaces, or sometimes referred to as positive spaces, were created on college campuses at first to signal that anti-LGBT harassment or speech would not be tolerated, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students could feel secure.
It sounded so good and so very safe, that the idea was expanded to include any marginalized group, allowing them to gather and share their perceived marginalized experiences.
I'm pretty sure, however, none of this exists at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Thu
08
Dec
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Of Mice and Women: the dance of compromise between “hearth” and “road”

Bobbie and I finally arrived home from Camp Balmy Utah to find 16 inches of fresh White Plague blanketing Lovely Ouray. All relaxed, fit and tan, still wearing shorts, sandals and the afterglow of Zion, I attacked the deck and driveway with demonic fervor using one of those misshapen “ergonomic” snow-shovels, you know, the ones with a handle that looks like it’s been run over by an 18-wheeler.
The next morning my back lets me know the “ergo” has yet to be perfected.
The annual transition from Zion's relative warmth and grace to Lovely Ouray's snow and cold is abrupt for this old Arid-zona-raised Desert Rat. Bobbie? Not so much.

Thu
08
Dec
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Cartoon

Thu
08
Dec
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Silverton Heli-ski will negatively impact area

Dear Editor,
There is a proposal to add 10,686 acres to heli-ski terrain east of (San Juan) County Road 2 along the Animas towards Eureka.
There are two possible outcomes if approved by the BLM:
1. Avalanche control work with explosives occurs above the Cunningham Gulch Nordic track.
2. The Cunningham Gulch Nordic track, a public road, and access to backcountry skiing, is closed.
I’m no expert on NEPA or the law, but what really matters in the backcountry is common sense. Heli-drops that run-out onto the Nordic track would be reckless. A majority of the public could lose access to BLM public land for the benefit of a private entity and its paying customers.
Although the permit would say nonexclusive use for heli-skiing, if it gets implemented like it did in Velocity Basin, you know the drill … winter long closure for your protection.

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