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For the West this summer, the news about water was grim. In some parts of California, it didn’t rain for over 100 days. In western Colorado, the ground was so dry that runoff at first evaporated into the air. And in New Mexico and Nevada, the rains never came.

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Gunnison County Election Judges are urging citizens to vote early. Ballots were mailed Oct. 9, and must be received by election officials no later than 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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Wild places will never remain that way if protections placed on them aren’t recognized and respected. One would think this simple fact would resonate among all users of public lands. Unfortunately, it doesn’t.

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Few things put our local squabbles into perspective like a global catastrophe. Perhaps that’s why, at the outset of the pandemic in Gunnison County, I felt a sense of relief.

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News that could cause even the acknowledged leader in the unfair race for President of the United States (POTUS) to take a deep breath came over the pay phone this past weekend from the primary political news outlets in the great state of Texas, The Austin American-Statesman. (You bet I was on the case even on weekends. Your far-andaway favorite POTUS candidate never sleeps. Happy Hour, yes. Sleep? When I’m you-knowwhat.):

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Taylor’s stereotypes

Oil and Gas Commission turns its back on science

It seems for the past few election cycles, Colorado’s oil and gas workers have had to defend themselves from activists and out-of-state money looking to ban the industry. The tens of thousands of workers and their families had hoped to breathe a sigh of relief with the resounding defeat of 2018’s Proposition 112, a 2,500-foot setback that would have largely banned new energy development.

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