U.S. Navy SEALs take their name from the environments in which they operate: sea, air and land.

Becoming a SEAL means completing one of the most mentally challenging and physically demanding training programs in the world. In doing so, Remington J. Peters, 27, had much to be proud of.

Petty Officer Peters enlisted in the Navy a few months after graduating from Grand Junction High School. He became a member of the Navy SEALs and was a veteran of two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. A special warfare operator first class, Peters joined the Leap Frogs, the Navy’s parachute demonstration team, about a year ago. He made more than 900 jumps.

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Policy makers, government officials and journalists from Kansas are going out of their way to point at the state’s fiscal crisis as an example of what awaits the rest of the country if President Trump’s proposed budget is adopted by Congress.

While that’s unlikely — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Trump’s budget “dead on arrival” when it was released as an outline earlier this month — it’s worth contemplating why the Trump administration would promote a tax and spending plan similar to the one that has left Kansas in a shambles.

What they have in common is Arthur Laffer, the guru of “supply-side economics” since the Reagan era and one of the architects of a tax plan Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback started promoting in 2012 and persuaded the legislature to enact in 2013.

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How did it come to pass that Mesa County doesn’t have a war memorial on the grounds of the courthouse?

It’s a curious departure from the patriotic spirit that pervades this valley. How many towns in Colorado can boast of having both a Veterans Affairs hospital and a Veterans Memorial Cemetery? Short of military towns, few places are sown with more opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for military service than Grand Junction; yet we lack a monument to hometown heroes so ubiquitous in county seats across the country.

Lack of a courthouse war memorial hasn’t stopped this community from properly honoring the memory of the men and women who served the cause of freedom. To suggest otherwise would be an insult to members of local groups who decorate graves and organize ceremonies to remind us that freedom isn’t free.

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Returning power to the people has been a recurring theme of the Trump administration since the president delivered his inaugural address back in January.

When Congress rolled back the Bureau of Land Management’s new resource management planning rule in March, lawmakers cited diminished opportunities for state and local government input as a big reason.

“This rule would have given even more power to the bureaucracy in Washington when what we need is the exact opposite,” said Republican Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. “Reversing this rule is just one of many actions we will take to shift land management decisions back to the people who live in these areas and away from unelected, and in many cases unaccountable, bureaucrats.”

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For nine months out of the year, the majority of Grand Valley families are on school time. Daily lives revolve around school bells.

When the school year ends, as it did Wednesday, it’s a natural yardstick in time because it alters the established order of things. Graduating seniors especially can identify with the sense that a chapter has ended.

This fleeting “time out” — a moment to change gears and adjust to a new schedule and a new season — is well placed.

The last blast of wintry weather should be behind us. The Colorado General Assembly just concluded last week after striking some important compromises on issues critical to the state. The president is out of the country, providing a momentary breather from White House intrigue and hourly updates on investigations of Russian interference in our elections.

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If “something better” than Obamacare is truly coming — and it will be up to the U.S. Senate to make that happen — shouldn’t the Trump administration do what it can to ensure that Americans have the affordable health care they need until then?

We’re not alone in thinking so. Last month, organizations representing nearly the entire health-care industry asked the president to remove uncertainty about continued funding for Cost-Sharing Reduction reimbursements to health insurers.

By not committing to the payments, the Trump administration is creating chaos that threatens the viability of the Affordable Care Act — and access to insurance, especially for rural Americans.

As we’ve remarked many times, the ACA is flawed and needs significant adjustment. But until those flaws are addressed in a functional way, we need stability in the marketplace. Otherwise, Americans’ health needs will suffer as a result of political gamesmanship.

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The celebration of the nation’s first statewide public lands day on Saturday hopefully serves as a counterweight to the agenda unfolding in Washington, D.C. under the Trump administration.

Already we’ve seen Congress dismantle the Bureau of Land Management’s overhaul of its land-use planning process, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke undertake a review of national monuments and the Trump administration suspend the BLM’s citizen advisory boards.

Saturday, however, was a day to accentuate the positive and celebrate the abundance and variety of public lands in Colorado — from national parks and monuments to national forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas, state parks, regional open spaces and urban parks. Colorado Public Lands Day is an expression of the great affection Coloradans have for their public lands and how these places are critical to our way of life, health and economy.

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Now that a former FBI director has been given sweeping authority to investigate any connection between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia — and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” — it’s time to exhibit some patience and let the process play itself out.

What needed to happen has happened — thanks to the ingenious checks and balances that the constitutional framers baked into our system of governance. That includes a free press fulfilling its watchdog role.

The news that the Justice Department on Wednesday appointed Robert Mueller as “special counsel” to lead a federal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election was just one headline among many emanating from coverage of an increasingly turbulent White House.

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Quibbling about the series of events that led to the unfinished building at 800 Eagle Drive won’t solve the problem of what to do with it.

However it came to be, it’s a lemon. The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority is trying to figure out how to turn it into lemonade.

A contingent of general aviation tenants at the airport would have the public believe that the half-built structure just east of the existing terminal is exhibit A in a scheme to defraud the Federal Aviation Administration.

But because of the way the airport board reacted to a federal search warrant — by ceasing work on the building amid its own investigation and rescinding a grant that would have covered construction costs — there are no clear answers. There’s just a skeleton of a building — an eyesore that the current board is tired of looking at.

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To know Tom Clark is to know the story of Denver’s transformation from a smog-choked city trying to rebound from its own boom-bust energy rut of the early 1980s to the economic powerhouse that millennials flock to today.

The long-term strategy he developed with other key players 30 years ago has made the Front Range metro area the envy of economic development chiefs across the country.

Clark recently stepped down as the CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

He’s synonymous with several bricks-and-mortar projects that have shaped the Denver metro area: Denver International Airport, the city’s commuter rail system, the stadium at Mile High, Coors Field and the Colorado Convention Center, to name a few. But his legacy is more about the way he set the table for business — through collaborations and by leveraging amenities and quality of life into workforce development gains.

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