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They are shooting off fireworks up in Wyoming this week. The reason for the celebration is that the Wyoming legislature just passed another amendment to the state’s Food Freedom Act, a five-year-old, work-in-progress bill that they are kind of making up as they go. The newest addition will a…

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The Colorado hemp industry is in disarray. The number of acres planted in 2020 were down 56% from the record year of 2019. The state’s hemp management plan has not been approved by masters at the USDA. And with the ongoing delay of the full approval of the 2018 enabling federal legislation f…

For each election season I don my turban, look into my crystal ball and predict the outcome. Between COVID-19 and the election I like most are mentally exhausted. November 4 is here and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. I wrote this column on Sunday so hopefully by the time you read this…

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Faced with COVID-19 and the collapse of Wyoming’s coal industry, Republican Gov. Mark Gordon said recently that the state might have to start abandoning small towns because there’s not enough money to maintain their sewers and streets.

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Thursday afternoon I attended my grandson’s middle school football game in Gunnison. The team didn’t fare so well, but it’s always fun to see the kids play and cheer for them.

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I have participated (voted) in every election since I was first eligible in 1964. I have voted for some winners and some losers. I have never been deeply emotional about my voting tasks and have worked diligently at being as pragmatic as possible. In this election season, I am sorely taxed t…

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Friday brought a short-notice visit from Gov. Jared Polis to Delta Middle School and Delta County Memorial Hospital. He originally requested to tour an elementary school, but district representatives wanted to show him their new state of the art facility at DMS.

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To be sure, we are going through some confusing times. COVID-19 has tested our country’s resilience as issues of unhappiness, tragedy and restiveness have arisen. Lives lost and damages caused by hurricanes and wildfires have heightened fears and uncertainties. And there is an election ahead…

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Friday afternoon I attended Sen. Cory Gardner’s campaign rally in Delta. There had to be close to 100 people in attendance but the buzz in the crowd was about the one who was missing. Lauren Boebert was scheduled to attend but didn’t. The handlers of the event cited a scheduling conflict. Th…

As a longtime teacher who has heard every complaint under the sun about how horrible school is, how boring, arbitrary, irrelevant and unfair, I find myself somewhat taken aback by the fierce pressure to return to regular classroom instruction.

I find myself asking that question after Gov. Jared Polis issued a mandatory mask mandate for the State of Colorado. While it appears it increased the use of masks in our area, it also appears that it's starting to relax. Walmart issued its own mask mandate and it was big news when that happ…

The biggest upset in this past week's primary has to be Rifle's Lauren Boebert's defeat of four-term incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton. It may be an upset to the rest of the world but listening to Boebert, one can feel she’s had the confidence of a winner all along. Boebert has been compared to Sa…

It seems when those on city councils and town trustee boards see dollar signs in their eyes they sometimes become blind to the harm it will bring to a community and fail to consider the consequences. Thinking it will be a cash cow and the next great idea, trustees in the Town of Cedaredge wa…

I spent a good portion of my childhood in Augusta, Georgia. Dad was career army in the communication field and was mostly based at Fort Gordon. My parents owned a home less than three miles from Augusta International Speedway. As a family we loved racing. The track opened in 1960 and closed …

Senate Bill 217 has reached Gov. Jared Polis' desk and all indications are that he will sign it. The depth of changes in this bill is unprecedented. Among the changes that are set to be enacted starting on Sept. 1, 2020 is that officers are not to use deadly force to apprehend a person who i…

Until the pandemic restricted coal mining to those 60 or younger in Gunnison County in Western Colorado, Gary Brezonick wasn’t thinking about retirement. He’d worked as a coal miner for 49 years, and going underground at the West Elk Coal Mine near the town of Paonia suited him just fine.

The temperature from COVID-19 is rising. I’m not talking about someone with the actual disease. The political climate is at a fever pitch.

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While I understand the frustration of those who are ready to get the economy started. I don't agree with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes' no vote on the extension of the local disaster emergency declaration until May 31.

I read a meme on social media the other day. A man was on a job interview. The interviewers asked, “Can you perform under pressure?” The interviewee answered, “No but I can try Bohemian Rhapsody.” If you’re a fan of the iconic band Queen, you’ll get it.

Ty Gallenbeck performed for the City of Delta and the surrounding area his brand of magic on Friday evening. Ty has been performing magic for some 15 years. About 11 years ago Ty and I coached a 15 and younger boys Babe Ruth All-Star team. The championship tournament was held that year in By…

My wife, Melissa, had to make a trip to Walmart this past weekend to pick up a prescription. Walmart nationally has made the decision to not let more than five people enter the store per 1,000 square feet. Orange traffic cones and caution tape leads customers into a door on one side of the b…

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Every heartbeat is precious. Each beat encompasses a fleeting moment of unrelenting life and beauty, so delicate and natural that they may pass us by without a moment’s notice. They drift away unseen.

Concerned citizens from Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, South Carolina and other states recently met in Denver to provide public comment on proposed revisions to federal environmental policy governing use of public lands.

Last week I received the presidential primary ballots in the mail. Since I am unaffiliated, I received a ballot for both parties’ primaries but am allowed to vote in only one. While the Republican primary is a foregone conclusion, a name other than Donald J. Trump caught my eye.

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