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Mountain Town News: Snow and ice can kill just outside your door (column)

February 18, 2017 — PARK CITY, Utah – That snow up on your roof? Yeah, it’s dangerous stuff. In the 1990s, a woman in Vail was trying to pull down snow that had accumulated on the roof of her house. She succeeded more than she had intended. It avalanched […]

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Financial Pathways: Do not let a bad credit score hurt your plans (column)

February 16, 2017 — When you got up this morning I doubt you gave much thought to your credit score and you most likely didn’t dream about it last night. On the other hand, you may have been dreaming about that beautiful new SUV or that bigger house that […]

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Liddick: Ugly emotions cloud our political reason (column)

February 13, 2017 — Historian Francis Fukuyama argued in a 1996 book that interpersonal trust was essential to the informal business structures that undergird much of America’s rise to world power and unparalleled prosperity. Businessmen striking agreements in America — and a few other countries — could, even absent […]

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Liddick: Democrat nonsense over a nonesuch Gorsuch (column)

February 12, 2017 — It’s Neil Gorsuch, and Senate Democrats are in full howl as they try desperately to claw traction from a situation they created. It’s amusing, pathetic and not a little dangerous. Comforted by the foolish belief that, because he hadn’t a popular majority President Trump is […]

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Biff America: A blonde leading the blind

February 11, 2017 — She recoiled when I touched her.  Though this just happened last week, as I type those words, it occurs to me that would be a perfect title were I to write a memoir of my life before marriage. She appeared to be lost, out of […]

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Hoy: No more suicides (column)

February 11, 2017 — Each of our wonderful cities, towns and rural areas on the Western Slope has its own unique flavor and vibe, but they share a deadly similarity. In spite of the many suicide prevention programs and initiatives already in place, suicide rates are distressingly higher than […]

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Walking our Faith: When you are lonely but afraid to admit it (column)

February 11, 2017 — In grade school, I was a troublemaker. When our math teacher warned that the next person who spoke would be kicked out of the test, I was compelled to ask if he meant “now.” During French class, sounding like a crazed Julia Child, I asked […]

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Silverthorne Town Council: Our alternate view on flow control (column)

February 9, 2017 — Monday’s Summit Daily article headlined, “Summit County firms up flow control,” correctly states the Town of Silverthorne is not planning to advance a flow control ordinance. However, the reason why the Silverthorne Town Council has declined to mandate flow-control on its residents and businesses certainly […]

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Ribe: Blame and the Gold King spill (column)

February 5, 2017 — The gush of toxic waste that rushed out of the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, in 2015 turned the Animas River a memorable sickly yellow. It also unleashed a thick cloud of confusion in many people, revealing how deeply an anti-government narrative has seeped […]

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Biff America: Broken hearts and bullet holes (column)

February 4, 2017 — Sara Clear Water broke my heart on our way home from the Star-Shack in the winter of 1974. I was 20 years old and she was an older woman of 30-something. Despite her fondness for silver arm bands, wool serapes and Indian slogans, I didn’t […]

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Walking Our Faith: Can God have made a mistake? A lesson in humility (column)

February 4, 2017 — The retreat instructions were clear. The priest spoke for 30 minutes, then we’d go into the sanctuary to silently contemplate the discussion questions, and afterwards return to share our answers. Here’s what I did: I placed the unopened booklet of questions on the pew next […]

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Liddick: Immigration chaos a result of congressional inaction (column)

January 30, 2017 — “Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government. It is essential to the protection of the community against foreign attacks; it is not less essential to the steady administration of the laws…” — Alexander Hamilton President Trump’s executive orders […]

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Best: Winners, losers and memories of a 61-below morning (column)

January 29, 2017 — Cold temperatures of early January had me digging deep into my dresser drawers for long johns. I’ve rarely worn them since the late 1990s, when I moved to metropolitan Denver. In my younger days, I sometimes wore a red union suit under my work clothes […]

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Williams: Why the West should thank Obama (column)

January 29, 2017 — The American West should be grateful to President Barack Obama. His stewardship of land and waters has ranged from Puerto Rico to the farthest reaches of Alaska, but his conservation efforts in the Western United States stand out. He took up long-overdue energy reforms on […]

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Biff America: Carrying a lady (column)

January 28, 2017 — “I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts; And all around me a voice was sounding: This land was made for you and me.” With tears in our eyes, Ellie and I swayed to the music […]

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Walking Our Faith: A conversation starter with God (column)

January 28, 2017 — I crave a closer relationship with God, a deeper spiritual intimacy. I want a prayer life that feels like a conversation. I am pursuing a deeper connection with God. I’ve discovered God’s word is essential to closeness with God and I’ve missed so much because […]

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Liddick: The dawning of the Age of Trump (column)

January 23, 2017 — Here we are, four days into the Age of Trump, and the sun still sets in the west. Who would have thought? The past few days have been instructive. We learned that since a Republican now occupies the Presidential Chair “dissent is patriotic” once again, […]

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Polman: Too sleazy even for the Trump swamp

January 23, 2017 — As an unpopular charlatan prepares to place his hand on a bible (of all things) with the lowest-ever approval rating for an incoming president, and as we gird ourselves for what is likely to be the darkest era since Vietnam, we in the voting majority […]

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Flowers: Celebrate your freedom to oppose President Trump

January 22, 2017 — “Halima” hid under the bed and tried not to watch as the soldiers slit her brother’s throat. It was 1999 in Sierra Leone and the country was in the middle of a bloody civil war. Halima waited until the killers left, then crawled out and […]

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Micek: Welcome back to Fortress America

January 22, 2017 — As he took the oath of office and became America’s 45th president Friday, Donald John Trump vowed to put “America first” as he embarked on a “great national effort to rebuild this country and restore its promise for the American people.” That was today. The […]

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