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State Rep. Millie Hamner looks back on the Colorado legislative session (column)

June 22, 2017 — With the 2017 legislative session behind us, I am enjoying being back in my district and having some time to reflect back on the legislative session. From Jan. 11 to May 10, my colleagues and I worked very hard to find compromise on some very […]

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Ask Eartha: Is there any truth to aromatherapy?

June 22, 2017 — Dear Eartha, I'm interested in exploring new ways in which I can improve my health holistically. I've been told to look into aromatherapy. Is there any truth to this method of healing? What should I know about aromatherapy and essential oils before I dive in? […]

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Letters: Politics, destruction and Immigrant Heritage Month

June 20, 2017 — Political rhetoric fueled hateful gunman First, the shooting of a Republican congressman is a tragedy and I am very sorry for what happened as the Republican baseball team practiced on a beautiful day in Virginia. Secondly, to claim that this is the fault of the […]

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Summit Daily editorial: What happened to Vail Resorts’ $30 million housing pledge?

June 20, 2017 — It was Christmas come early in December of 2015 when Vail Resorts unwrapped a big, $30 million care package for its mountain communities. The company said the money would seed workforce-housing development in ski towns across California, Utah and Colorado. The announcement was widely hailed […]

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Mountain Law: Cracking Colorado’s condo conundrum (column)

June 20, 2017 — In a July 1, 2015, article titled, "Construction defect reform advocates lose at state house, then win in court," I wrote about Colorado condominium developers who lost an effort to pass legislation that would have reformed construction defect law but then shortly thereafter obtained a […]

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My high school classmate Otto Warmbier — charming and deeply caring (column)

June 19, 2017 — Update: Shortly after this column was published, it was announced by Otto Warmbier's family that he died on Monday afternoon. The following has been updated to reflect that. I have two memories of Otto Warmbier. The first was in third-grade gym class. He nailed me […]

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Cotton: Returning wolves and grizzlies should be celebrated, not shot (column)

June 19, 2017 — The recent news that a beloved white wolf was shot — likely inside Yellowstone National Park — highlights the fact that even our most protected spaces are not always sanctuaries for rare wildlife. Last year, just days after a court ruled that the U.S. Fish […]

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Atencio: Nothing beats the thrill of introducing young people to their public lands (column)

June 19, 2017 — As I watch at-risk urban kids from Salt Lake City scrambling up slickrock canyons to see ancient Puebloan ruins, I see their faces come alive as they absorb their spectacular surroundings. Attitudes chill, eyes and smiles get wider. Something stirs within them. These high school […]

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Mountain Town News: Misery under the little tent of a traveling circus (column)

June 17, 2017 — WESTCLIFFE, Colo. – The circus is coming to Westcliffe, but not everybody is happy. The Garden Brothers Circus, with its assorted clowns, acrobats and fast-trotting camels, was scheduled to give a June 16 performance in the Wet Mountain Valley, with the sky-piercing Sangre de Cristo […]

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Biff America: Silent bidding, loud politics (column)

June 17, 2017 — "One of the blessings of old friends is that you can afford to be stupid around them." Peter Fitz and I are old pals with much in common. We are of similar age; both of us are from large Boston Irish Catholic families and both […]

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Walking Our Faith: Promises of our Father

June 16, 2017 — This was a big week. The house I rent went under contract. I have two months to find another dog-friendly home. Then I caught pneumonia, and spent five days in bed. I wish I could tell you that I met both events with raised hands […]

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Biff America: The bite of dilemma (column)

June 10, 2017 — While there are many in this nation struggling to make ends meet, the tooth fairy, at least in my neighborhood, pays a living wage. As a result, our neighbor Mady is made of money. Mady is of that age when she has begun losing her […]

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Ask Eartha: Volunteering as a means of environmental contribution

June 8, 2017 — Dear Eartha, This summer, I want to make a contribution to an environmental organization, but I find it hard to come up with extra money to contribute financially. Is there another way that I can support organizations that I believe in without writing a big […]

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Ribe: The Trump administration actively promotes ignorance (column)

June 7, 2017 — Right after Donald Trump took office as president, climate researcher Victoria Herrmann discovered that public archives of climate-research papers were being removed from the internet by the new administration. Research reports from decades of work funded by the American people went missing online. Her discovery […]

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Letters: Covfefe revelations and the importance of search and rescue

June 6, 2017 — Decoding covfefe Today, I was greeted at my coffee shop with a sign which read, "Wake Up And Smell The COVFEFE" followed by "Keep Paris accord." A couple of cups of coffee later I was caught in the day's newspaper headlines: Accord's Backers Split, DNC […]

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Letters: Covfefe revelations and the importance of search and rescue

June 6, 2017 — Decoding covfefe Today, I was greeted at my coffee shop with a sign which read, "Wake Up And Smell The COVFEFE" followed by "Keep Paris accord." A couple of cups of coffee later I was caught in the day's newspaper headlines: Accord's Backers Split, DNC […]

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Q&A: How to determine real estate broker credentials (column)

June 6, 2017 — Laura asks: In your last column you talked about what traits to look for when choosing a real estate broker. Among other things you mentioned were experience, credentials and knowledge of the area. My husband and I need a bigger home for our growing family. […]

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Liddick: Kathy Griffin’s sick prank part of long-standing liberal attitude (column)

June 5, 2017 — Remember back in 2008 when Fox News regular Grechen Carlson played a joke by holding up a dummy Barack Obama head with a noose around its neck? And the resulting firestorm that got her fired despite her apology for what she called a joke gone […]

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Purcell: Beware of distracted drivers this summer (column)

June 4, 2017 — Editor's Note: A version of this column was distributed in 2016. As you hit the roadways this summer, here's a safety tip to keep in mind: Beware of distracted drivers. According to, Distraction.gov, the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, this involves "any activity […]

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Haefele: Hanging out with a concealed weapon (column)

June 4, 2017 — The pistol arrives at my house in a padded tote, the size you'd pack a picnic lunch in. It's a 9mm Glock 26, a "sub-compact" concealable semi-automatic. Diminutive, hammerless and made of polymer, to my eye, it's a true exotic. It's accompanied by two clips […]

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