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Marching Orders

I’m junk but I’m still holding up/ This little wild bouquet/ Democracy is coming to the USA.  – Leonard Cohen, Democracy By Samantha Wright | 1/20/17 Last fall, Hillary Clinton inspired my daughter Molly to run for student council president at the Ouray Middle School. Molly won. Hillary didn’t. This Friday, as Donald J. Trump puts his hand on Lincoln’s bible and gets sworn …

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Day One in Donald Trump’s New World

By Alec Jacobson | 1/20/17
On the night that votes were being tallied in America, I was eating mole on a rooftop in Oaxaca … Overnight, both the US State Department and my mom had raised their travel warnings for Mexico a notch, but the only anti-American sentiment I saw in a month of driving was from a group of ex-pats in San Miguel de Allende – aging artists with anti-Trump signs and badly translated flyers. Diego, in Mexico City, was angry at Enrique Pena Nieto, his own president, for sitting down with a candidate who so clearly lacked respect for Mexico. A hotel owner in Oaxaca City who had studied in Oregon said that maybe it would be good for America to feel a little shame.

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A Real Conversation About Healthcare

As entertaining as the political happenings in American can be, it is easy to forget that the Red vs. Blue game has real implications. While politics has devolved into little more than reality TV, quite literally in the case of Trump, it contains something that shows like The Apprentice never have: reality. Sure, we might get the occasional statistic regarding …

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PHOTO | What’s Bugging our Forests?

Monday night, June 29th, citizens packed the Ouray Community Center​ to learn about the effects of bark beetles and efforts to manage their effect on our forest.  Fire concerns dominated the conversation as Colorado State Forest Service​ and U.S. Forest Service​ officials, and other local experts described a plan to cull beetle kill.

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PHOTO | Sneffels Rescue

A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk lowered Ouray Mountain Rescue Team member Cory Jackson to rescue two skiers on the north face of Mount Sneffels on Tuesday, June 2 at 12,600 feet at the bottom of the Snake Couloir. (Courtesy photo)

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PHOTO | Memorial Day

Executive Secretary for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs Ernest House, Jr. (far right) was the guest speaker at the Memorial Day remembrance ceremony held at the Telluride cemetery on Monday, May 25. Also pictured, Brian Ahern (left) and Richard Unruh (center). The annual ceremony is a joint venture of the Telluride chapters of the Elks and American Legion. (Photo …

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PHOTO | ’SUP Weather?

Despite blowing snow and downright cold, a gang of stand up paddleboarders set out on Trout Lake Saturday morning, galvanized by wetsuits and a really good attitude. (Photo by Barbara Kondracki)

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PHOTO | Mountainfilm Ice Cream Social

Taylor Clay scooped coconut crunch ice cream at the Mountainfilm ice cream social on Saturday, May 23. The line for free ice cream was impressively long, despite the Spring snowstorm and chilly temperatures. (Photo by Barbara Kondracki)