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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.

Thu
08
Dec
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Practicing law on social media

Rebutting an argument or statement in person, say, over an adult beverage in a casual setting, is part of an adult conversation.
Trying to do so on a social media platform? Well, that's called just plain idiotic.
There's something to be said about inflection, facial expressions and a normal ebb and flow of an actual in-person conversation. All of that and more, however, are lost in the world of internet give-and-take.
We would never report on anything online without independently verifying its accuracy. Usually this requires at least two sources.

Thu
08
Dec
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Time to start planning

What to do…what to do? It has become time to start planning for family travels and excursions…or the lack there of. Steve and I have six kids and the four oldest are grown with families of their own. If I could afford it, I would visit each of them every month but that would be very expensive and require a lot of traveling.  Steve really doesn’t like to travel, or ever leave the ranch for any reason.
I often find myself fantasizing of a life where all the kids and grandkids lived with us. While the fantasy does cause a slight pause and a sigh, I know that it is best for all of us that we don’t co-exist. Our ranch home is small and comfortable and we love it but it is small. There are only three bedrooms and (more importantly) only two bathrooms. My fantasy of having all the kids and grandkids living under our roof would, in reality, be disastrous.

Thu
08
Dec
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Cartoon

Thu
08
Dec
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Now that it's over

Dear Editor,
The election is over. It is time to move forward, to lead. Whether you are wringing your hands over Trump, or celebrating Clinton’s political demise, please STOP. Take the yard signs down and remove those inane bumper stickers from your cars. Whether you drive an Outback or a Hummer, the only thing I want to see on the back of your vehicle is your license plate. Put away your red or blue partisan bling and get your purple on. Your identity politics are ruining America.
To my nationalist Republican friends, we will not be going back to Norman Rockwell’s bucolic America. Whether or not that America ever existed, today it exists only on canvas in museums. You can blame the technology in your pocket for the realities and the challenges of globalization, but know this: there is no turning back. Building walls and tearing up trade agreements may feel good, even empowering, but they are ignorant responses to a set of political contrivances.

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