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The Montrose County School Board is nearing the end of its search for a superintendent. Ideally, the board will have someone hired next week in time to take the reins of the district this summer.
The presidential campaign season is shaping up to feel much longer than the 17 months left of it.
Colorado through its wide-open initiative process has turned into the petri dish for experimental legislation. While we are for education and the sciences, we are not for being the guinea pig.
The May 3 shooting at the Curtis Culwell Center, Garland, Texas, can be seen in many lights:
The Western Slope has been slow to come back from the country’s economic fallout. As we read in the news the Front Range and many places around the country have seemingly bounced back (or are at least moving in the right direction) from the depression, we can’t help but feel jealous.
A matter of simple math morphed into ideological fear that ultimately killed funding for a state contraception program with a proven track record for reducing both teen births and abortions.
In politics and Christian religion, straight and narrow is the way to go. Casting too wide a net in life and lawmaking can have unintended consequences.
It is unfortunately so common you can almost set your watch by it — every spring, a controlled burn slips free of its shackles and causes damage.
Montrose County commissioners’ decision to strip volunteer members of county-appointed boards of due process rights is a troubling one.
No one knows for sure whether bullying alone led a promising Montrose High student to take her life early last week.
The recent news of a Colorado woman having her fetus cut from her womb makes us sick. Dynel Lane is accused of luring Michelle Wilkins, 26, to her home with a Craigslist ad selling baby clothes before cutting the baby from her womb, an Associated Press report says. Wilkins, who was about eight months pregnant, survived and left the hospital this week.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that after political pressure from both sides of the aisle, it is altering its 40-mile rule.
On Saturday, March 14, the Montrose Daily Press reported the end of the Secure Rural School and Community Self Determination Act’s Secure Rural Schools program (SRS), which is a program designed to provide money for public schools, roads and maintenance projects in and around national forests. Based on rough estimates from Karin Slater, CFO for the Montrose County School District RE-1J, the school district is now looking at $124,000 less than it received last year.
The U.S. Justice Department is pushing for funding that will promote body-camera use in the nation’s police force. In Montrose County, both the police and sheriff’s office already use patrol unit cameras, and last summer, Sheriff Rick Dunlap said he was giving serious consideration to body cameras, as well. Up the road, the Telluride Marshal’s Office has begun experimenting with body cams; down the road, in Delta, the police already have them.
Although we aren’t out of the wintry woods just yet, spring is just around the corner. And with the warmer weather, comes wildfire season.
Montrose County installed important safety upgrades on Spring Creek Road recently. The welcome changes come after two fairly recent fatal crashes in the area.
Former Secretary of State and all-but-certain presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a colossal error in using her private email for State Department business.
We were glad to see Montrose Community Dental Clinic at Maslow Academy on Wednesday.
The kids — and a fair number of adults — got their snow day Monday, thanks to a low band of weather that dropped a heavy blanket of powder on Montrose.