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Biff America: Tips, driveways and desperation (column)

February 25, 2017 — Johnny First Round has more money than God. "First Round" isn't John's real name. I gave him that moniker 30-plus years ago when I worked at a restaurant in the Hamptons on Long Island. The assumption being, if you were lucky enough to wait on […]

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Mountain Town News: Roof caves in under weight of snow, ice (column)

February 25, 2017 — JACKSON, Wyo. – Heavy ice and snow caused a roof over three businesses in downtown Jackson to buckle. At least 80 people were in the building when the roof began giving way, but none were hurt, as the buckling occurred slowly. "It came down 3 […]

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Knopf: Decoding Trump’s anti-press conference (column)

February 22, 2017 — I'd like to direct everyone to take a look at NPR's line by line analysis of the President's 77-minute anti-press conference on Feb. 16. It's important because in the history of the United States we have never had such a competent liar serve as president. […]

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Mountain Law: The use of ‘evergreen’ clauses in Colorado contracts

February 21, 2017 — An automatic renewal provision in a contract is sometimes called an "evergreen clause." Are evergreen clauses enforceable in Colorado contracts? With some exceptions, the answer is "yes," as discussed in this article. Evergreen clauses may be necessary and desirable to allow for the regular provision […]

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Young: If it’s an ‘enemy,’ why must press serve as Trump’s chump?

February 20, 2017 — Questions to ask after one month of Trump: — Is Stephen Colbert our new Edward R. Murrow? — Is Stephen Miller a human or a hologram? — The same for Kellyanne Conway: real or Memorex? — If the media are, as Donald Trump says, enemies […]

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Stewart: Happy 108th birthday, Wallace Stegner (column)

February 20, 2017 — Wallace Stegner lived through almost the entire 20th century and wrote his way through more than half of it. His fan mail started with a trickle in the 1930s, opened up to a flow in 1943, after the publication of "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," […]

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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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