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    Seeking Higher Ground: The kindness of strangers

    On July 4, I stood beside Twin Lakes weeping. Mourning for our verdant Roaring Fork Valley, for friends, for the future of coming generations. The smoke signals pouring over Independence Pass were a harbinger of global warming, of the desertification of the American West.

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    Ps & Qs: Land of the caged

    The Trump administration started separating children from their parents at the border and relocating them while their parents await trial for seeking refuge.

    The immigration courts in this country are moving at the speed of smell, and even if they could manage to find andread more →

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    Learning from the past

    Perhaps a few old timers will remember this  incident from a reprint of a 1951 Rocky Mountain News article concerning the Crystal River Valley; and perhaps some newer residents will take heed of its implications.

    My deceased mother saved this article in one of her scrapbooks. Although… read more →

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    Guest Column from Diane Mitsch Bush, 3rd Congressional District democratic candidate

    I am running for Congress because Donald Trump and Congressman Scott Tipton are moving us backwards and they are dividing us. My guiding principle is that together we can create a more just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous future for ALL;read more →

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    Guest Column from Arn Menconi, 3rd Congressional District democratic candidate

    Follow the money and you see who and want runs America. What are the federal government’s five biggest benefactors?
    1. Finance & Banking
    2. Military and Security complex
    3. Oil and Gasread more →

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    Sun Signs: Uranus in Taurus, Mars retrograde

    Two events dominate the astrological stage this summer. One, which began in mid-May but will be in effect until 2026, is Uranus’ ingress into Taurus. The other is Mars’ imminent retrograde in Aquarius. Today we stand ankle deep in one, at the precipice of the other.

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    Bits & Pieces: The Mexican label

    I imagine it’s what a French chef would feel like if someone laid a slab of Velveeta cheese on top of his or her culinary creation.

    That’s the feeling I get when I hear people labeling any Latino they see as Mexican. I definitely don’t wantread more →

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    Your donations directly improve the paper

    At just over the halfway point through calendar year 2018, and heading toward our 10th birthday, our valiant, little, nonprofit newspaper is well on its way to meeting its ambitious fundraising goal of $41,500, thanks in large part to an $8,400 donation by the Sopris 100 Who Careread more →

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    Ps & Qs: The Rizzo years

    The other day my husband asked if a little alien creature was going to pop out of my gut, like in that ’80s movie starring Sigourney Weaver.

    “I’m perimenopausal” I told him, “and it’s an early stage, so buckle up; you could be in forread more →

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    The slippery slope of ordering online

    Before the whole Village at Crystal River / Crystal River Marketplace debate, it never even occurred to me that Carbondale’s grocery store was inadequate.

    I’d grown up with Circle Soopers occupying half of the current space, and had bemoaned the loss of Ben Franklin to theread more →