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EDITORIAL: Where’s the Colorado solution for mine gas?

Colorado bucked acceptance of a federal roadless rule on National Forest land in large part to ensure that coal mines would be able to expand, preserving mining jobs in the process. The North Fork coal mining exception was included in the state’s petitions for rulemaking to give the state some flexibility that the 2001 rule […]

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EDITORIAL: No more critical issue than funding for D51

Let’s pretend for a moment that the state test results released Thursday showed that District 51 students were among the highest-achieving in Colorado. Would that help or hurt the district’s attempts to get voters to back a bond issue and mill-levy override? The needs haven’t changed. There are still abundant structural deficiencies, shabby interiors, outdated […]

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EDITORIAL: Let’s not overlook the impact of arts

For fans of Los Lobos, the multiple Grammy winners and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees from East L.A., Monday’s concert at the new amphitheater in Las Colonias Park was a “pinch me” experience. Ticket prices — ranging from $25 to $55 — were obviously no barrier to the people who relished witnessing one […]

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EDITORIAL: Trump and China

The hallmark of the Trump presidency so far is that no single White House development stays in the public eye for long because there’s always a new crisis emerging that sweeps away yesterday’s headlines. Unrest in Charlottesville and the president’s failure to condemn white supremacists in a timely manner shifted the focus away from escalating […]

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EDITORIAL: If you want to tweet, you can’t delete

A federal court ruling may change how state Sen. Ray Scott goes about interacting with — or avoiding criticism from — his constituents. At least it should. The ruling emanates from an important question that is becoming more relevant as politicians increasingly turn to social media to promote legislative agendas and seek feedback: “… when […]

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EDITORIAL: No good deed goes unpunished

St. Mary’s Hospital and Mesa County commissioners are at loggerheads over the county’s role in supporting a nonprofit that provides a critical public service. The controversy stems from the county-owned building at 551 Chipeta Ave., which houses the Gray Gourmet program. It’s how the building came into existence that has fueled criticism of the county’s […]

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EDITORIAL: Help for coal country addresses tough truth

The future of coal remains murky, if not downright grim, despite an uptick in production in Colorado under the Trump administration, which has rolled back Obama-era regulations the industry considered excessively burdensome. President Trump has promised to bring back coal jobs, but there are a bunch of reasons why experts say that wont’ happen. First […]

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EDITORIAL: Jarvis site setback needs perspective

Let’s not make too much of the unfortunate developments that threaten to derail a coveted business’s once-enthusiastic plan to relocate along the riverfront. The city of Grand Junction appears to be doing everything in its power to atone for selling Sunshine Polishing Technology a blemished parcel of the old Jarvis property south of the Riverside […]

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EDITORIAL: The penalty for failure

Science says hydraulic fracturing is safe when done properly. Science says wildfires are essential to restoring the ecological health of forests. Science says human activity is increasing global temperatures, leading to potentially catastrophic climate change. Yet science is hardly the last word on any issue. Otherwise, there would be no anti-fracking activists, no expensive fire-suppression […]

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