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08
Dec
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In his own safe space

College campuses have had a go of it this past year, what with feeling the Bern, becoming Never-Trumpers and trying to accommodate students needing their safe spaces.
Our delicate little flowers, whom we protected growing up by allowing them ribbons for fifth place finishes, by never handing out Fs as grades and by encasing them in bubble wrap every time they rode their bikes, are off to college and need even more protection.
Safe spaces, or sometimes referred to as positive spaces, were created on college campuses at first to signal that anti-LGBT harassment or speech would not be tolerated, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students could feel secure.
It sounded so good and so very safe, that the idea was expanded to include any marginalized group, allowing them to gather and share their perceived marginalized experiences.
I'm pretty sure, however, none of this exists at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Thu
08
Dec
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Of Mice and Women: the dance of compromise between “hearth” and “road”

Bobbie and I finally arrived home from Camp Balmy Utah to find 16 inches of fresh White Plague blanketing Lovely Ouray. All relaxed, fit and tan, still wearing shorts, sandals and the afterglow of Zion, I attacked the deck and driveway with demonic fervor using one of those misshapen “ergonomic” snow-shovels, you know, the ones with a handle that looks like it’s been run over by an 18-wheeler.
The next morning my back lets me know the “ergo” has yet to be perfected.
The annual transition from Zion's relative warmth and grace to Lovely Ouray's snow and cold is abrupt for this old Arid-zona-raised Desert Rat. Bobbie? Not so much.

Thu
08
Dec
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Cartoon

Thu
08
Dec
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Practicing law on social media

Rebutting an argument or statement in person, say, over an adult beverage in a casual setting, is part of an adult conversation.
Trying to do so on a social media platform? Well, that's called just plain idiotic.
There's something to be said about inflection, facial expressions and a normal ebb and flow of an actual in-person conversation. All of that and more, however, are lost in the world of internet give-and-take.
We would never report on anything online without independently verifying its accuracy. Usually this requires at least two sources.

Thu
08
Dec
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Time to start planning

What to do…what to do? It has become time to start planning for family travels and excursions…or the lack there of. Steve and I have six kids and the four oldest are grown with families of their own. If I could afford it, I would visit each of them every month but that would be very expensive and require a lot of traveling.  Steve really doesn’t like to travel, or ever leave the ranch for any reason.
I often find myself fantasizing of a life where all the kids and grandkids lived with us. While the fantasy does cause a slight pause and a sigh, I know that it is best for all of us that we don’t co-exist. Our ranch home is small and comfortable and we love it but it is small. There are only three bedrooms and (more importantly) only two bathrooms. My fantasy of having all the kids and grandkids living under our roof would, in reality, be disastrous.

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08
Dec
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Thu
22
Sep
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Hang on to your wallets

More money. More money. More money.
Some of the amendments on this November's Colorado ballot are just going to reach into your pocket and pull out whatever's there.
No sense keeping it stashed under the mattress because I'm pretty sure there's a provision somewhere for someone with a badge to come check there, too.
Heaven forbid they find you've torn your mattress tag off in the process.
And, what better time to rake Coloradans than when they are walking around with loaded wallets and an extra jingle in their pockets.
If sales tax revenues are any indication, then the state increase from 2010 to 2014 is a good indicator. Sales tax revenues increased from $1.802 billion to $2.343 billion over that five-year period. That's a 23 percent increase.
With all that money going around, it's time to tax, tax and tax again.

Thu
22
Sep
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The Raab/Sly Cabin’s history

The Ouray County Plaindealer in its Aug. 18-24 edition (p. 3) published a story regarding the “Raab/Sly” cabin located on the Ouray County Historical Museum grounds in which Ouray native Bill Crawford questioned the accuracy of the Ouray County Historical Society’s description of the cabin. Crawford believes that this Raab/Sly cabin is actually one that was located on the back of his parents’ property across from the Court House on 4th Street.    Crawford’s allegation generated a thorough investigation of the Raab/Sly cabin’s history by the current OCHS Board of Directors.

Thu
22
Sep
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What if we cared about politics as much as sports?

Once in four years Americans get excited about something other than sports. It’s called the “Race for the White House” (the title of a CNN series actor Kevin Spacey narrated earlier this year). The rest of the time, forget about it, except to grumble occasionally if anyone dares to mention POLITICS!
As a nation we are polarized. The popular groundswell for Bernie Sanders, an obscure left-leaning Senator from Vermont, in his quixotic bid to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary, is one sign of the times. The GOP’s nomination of a flamboyant billionaire with a loose cannon for a mouth and no previous experience in politics is another.

Thu
22
Sep
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Wholesale prices going to pot

Is it a natural market adjustment, a reaction to a flooded market or an industry bracing for weaker value of its one and only commodity?
The strength of Colorado's marijuana prices, wholesale specifically, is fading like a curl of smoke.
Wholesale prices, just a year ago in the per-pound range of $2,400, have dropped to around $1,100-$1,200.
A recent Business Insider article cites the reason for this drop being a flooded market. "As growers ramp up production," the article states, "the huge amount of marijuana hitting the market in Colorado is causing a 'steady decline' in wholesale prices regardless of demand.”
Large growers, many of whom operate without "canopy limits," or restrictions on the amount that can be grown, are inundating the market and affecting retail pricing.

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