A Look at the West: It seems like neither party is talking the issues

RBC I The next few weeks in politics are a little like the All-Star break in baseball. With the Republican and Democratic national conventions upon us, it’s a good time to step back and assess this year’s election. Which carries bad news for both parties.

A Look at the Nation: Just what is it that Trump, Cinton are fighting for?

RBC I Barring any more surprises from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the race for the presidency is set. So this seems a good time to step back and consider just what it is that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are fighting about.

A Look at the News: Be happy! Worry is such a major waste of time, energy

RBC I Worrying is often an automatic response when you are facing problems, dilemmas, or uncertainty. Constant worrying creates physical and mental problems without providing any benefits. Worrying is like being in a rocking chair. It’s a lot of activity that doesn’t get you anywhere.

A Look at the West: There is a wide role for military veterans in conservation

RBC I Stacy Bare came home from Iraq in 2007 with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, unsure of where he fit into the world, and unmoored without the military. Liquor and cocaine seemed the best means of coping, and he often thought of suicide, until a fellow Army vet took him rock climbing […]

Non-profit groups play vital role where school district is concerned

MEEKER I Upon completing my first year as superintendent of the Meeker School District, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the phenomenal community support provided by various non-profit entities in Meeker.

A Look at the West: Anti-frackers undermining Colorado’s environmental progress

RBC I Fear-mongering has been the favored tactic of environmental activists in their zeal to defend local fracking bans.

Tipton: Coal program under fire

RBC I U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) submitted remarks to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) during a listening session on the administration’s review of the federal coal program on June 23. The DOI has launched a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and consider potential reforms.

Tipton: Coal program under fire

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RBC I U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) submitted remarks to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) during a listening session on the administration’s review of the federal coal program on June 23. The DOI has launched a comprehensive review of the federal coal program to identify and consider potential reforms.

Commercialization of our national parks could be a bad move

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RBC I When I was a child, I remember passing through any number of national park entrance stations in our family station wagon. I remember the historic stone kiosks where the rangers greeted us and my excitement as we began the slow drive toward the greatest wonders of nature. Visiting a national park felt a […]

A Look at the West: Chemical safety law giving EPA more power passes Congress

RBC I The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, as the update is called, is the biggest environmental law to pass Congress in two decades. It was approved by the House 403-12 on May 31.

A Look at the West: Next president should be pro energy

RBC I Despite the divisiveness of this election season, Americans from both parties share common ground. Polls show voters want the next president to inject life into our sluggish economy. To turn around the economy, the next president will need to embrace free-market, consumer-driven, pro-taxpayer, policies. And when it comes to energy, that means the […]

Can food hubs help to boost Colorado’s rural farming economies?

RBC I Dan Hobbs farms 30 acres of land east of Pueblo, Colo. For years, he spent weekends traveling hours to farmers markets to sell his produce, always losing a day in the fields and returning home with leftover vegetables that didn’t sell.