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It’s no secret that the more onerous land-use regulations become, the less likely owners are to develop their property — regardless of how greatly a potential project serves the public good, bolsters the economy or benefits community character.

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Tomorrow at midnight, I will stand alongside 464 skiers preparing to make the 40-mile, middle-of-the-night trek, complete with 6,800 vertical feet of climbing, from Crested Butte to Aspen as part of the 21st Grand Traverse.

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I got involved in journalism back in my college days at Western out of an interest and enjoyment in telling people’s stories and a nascent intrigue with how the world worked.

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As I walk into Gunnison High School (GHS), I’m instantly greeted by change. I graduated in 2010, back when the high school was still the same old 1950s structure, brick and big globe bulbs outside.

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My favorite line in this year’s SonofaGunn isn’t particularly funny. It’s more poignant, and it’s delivered by our community’s chief prognosticator, George Sibley.

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Approximately 60 percent of all adults have Facebook accounts, and a majority of users obtain some of their news from Facebook. Approximately 84 percent of 18-29-year-olds get news from social media and “digitally native sites.”

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What if I told you that I was given a glimpse into the future this week?

There was no time machine. No crystal ball. Just a group of community-minded journalists from across Colorado’s Western Slope gathered in Gunnison to compare notes and swap stories about affordable housing.

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As a literary scholar and teacher of literature, I like to remind the students in my classroom that we are storytelling beings, for it is this facet of human consciousness that distinguishes us from other animals.

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