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 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    July 11, 2018 

Why?

We just completed the voting in the Colorado primary and the statistics are worrisome. Only 36% of those registered to vote in El Paso County voted. I know it was "only" a primary but it was really...

 

Be Fire Safe

I hope all are enjoying a nice week and enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day last week.  As we continue through a hot, dry summer, I ask all to remain fire-safe and to follow county sheriff fire...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    July 11, 2018 

Too Hot for the Living

Oh my word!!!! It is not even funny how hot it is and my brain has fried... No air conditioning in my car and then our house air has completely stopped as well. The unit on our house has had problems...

 

Happy and Safe 4th of July

One the eve of our Independence Day celebration we wanted to wish one and all a happy and safe fourth. Please pay heed to the fireworks bans in place, it's not worth risking injury and worse to watch...

 

Be Firesafe This 4th

I hope all are enjoying or have, when you read this, already enjoyed a wonderful Independence Day with friends and family.  We are a patriotic communty, and we remember and celebrate the successful...

 

America Will Get Worse or We Will Become Better... it's up to Each One of us to Decide

My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Maryland most of Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    July 4, 2018

Clinging To Hope and My Hairspray During This Horrible Heat

I have told you before about my hairspray, liquid concrete in a can. I spend time fixing my hair to be 'just so'. I often keep my car windows closed and have my air conditioner running because it is...

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion    July 4, 2018

No Medal for Mad

Did you know that there is no medal for being mad the longest? That's right. I've searched. I have not found one. It is not an Olympic event nor a Little League sport. Who knew. We all act like it...

 

Three Cheers for the Storm Heroes!!

Three Cheers for the Storm Heroes!! This week we want to give a special shout-out to some storm heroes who have come to the aid of local residents following the recent hailstorm that left shattered...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Why Unaffiliated Voters Had Two Ballots

I recently received the following text message from a constituent. "I will not return my ballot because my ballot will not count. I am non-affiliated. Therefore, I get two ballots. But I can't select...

 

County Fair to be July 14-21

I hope all are well and get to enjoy a wonderful Independence Day next week. As we enter July, I wanted to remind all to get out and enjoy our upcoming El Paso County Fair, which runs from July 14 -...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    June 27, 2018

Americana In Our Own Back Yard

I woke up early one morning this week, it had rained the night before and the sky was full of dark clouds that hid our mountains from sight but yet there was this amazing light. The sun was doing its...

 

Hail NO!

What a past week it has been. Last Wednesday morning I headed to the office with a bit of nervous anticipation after seeing facebook posts about broken windshields and more left in the aftermath of...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Juneteenth

June the 19th marks a special page in our country's history. It is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in our continuing efforts to see justice fully realized in the world we live in...

 

Helping Hail Victims 

I wanted to start this week by writing about the recent hailstorm, which affected many in our Fountain Valley region.  Most of the reported damage from the storm was in the southern portion of El... Full story

 

When the Going Gets Tough, Everyone in City of Fountain Comes Together

Imagine if you will, you're on a family vacation sitting on a cruise ship somewhere off the coast of Alaska and you have been out of touch with things going on at home. Then in the middle of the...

 

Democracy Held Hostage

At the June 12th City Council meeting in Fountain, a group of citizens came to express their opposition to a proposed amendment to the city charter than would allow future police chiefs and fire...

 

State Rep. Landgraf Deserves Our Thanks for Law That Combats Teen Cough Medicine Abuse

To Whom It May Concern: As an advocate for our children's safety, I am thrilled to learn that our State Representative Lois Landgraf (R) helped pass a law to help combat teen cough medicine abuse....

 

Natural Disaster Solicitors, aka "Ambulance Chasers"

Shortly after midnight Wednesday, June 13, our city suffered a very destructive hailstorm that lasted just over one hour. It finally ended around 2:30 a.m.. The full scale of destruction became...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    June 20, 2018

Okay, here we are... Summer!!!

The days are most definitely hotter, the evenings are lit with distant flashing clouds hammering some unsuspecting community with Armageddon like hail and it's just a slight bit cooler for sleeping....

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion    June 20, 2018

All in a Day

We've been preparing for our Velcro-daughter, her army husband and their precious little boys move to Sierra Vista, AZ. Two days ago was moving day. Oh wait. You might not know what a...

 

The News We Least Like Printing...

In the news business there is always "good" and "bad" news, and while we work very hard to focus on printing a good deal of positive news about the great things happening locally, sometimes we are...

 
 By Lois Landgraf    Opinion    June 13, 2018

Voting for People, Not a Grade

Once again groups who rate bills and give current legislators scores based on their votes this past session have struck. You can see these scores on many websites. Whether conservative or liberal,...

 

Fire Danger, Summer Fun, Primary Election June 26

I pray all are doing well and enjoying your week.  I again wanted to remind everyone about the high fire threat we have in the region due to hot, dry conditions.  The "416 Fire" north of Durango,...

 
 By Alice Trulson    Opinion    June 13, 2018

How does one celebrate a 27-year marriage? Well, I can answer that!

First, you send your youngest kid to Japan. Then you ask your adult son to care for your dogs, cat, and chickens for the weekend. Arrange a get away with some friends at a little-known bed and...

 

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