Guest Editorial: Tipton: EPA, USFS impact farmer, rancher rights

WASHINGTON I Recently U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO3) questioned U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Robert Bonnie during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing to review the Interpretive Rule Regarding the Applicability of Clean Water Act Agricultural Exemptions.

Guest Editorial: Ethanol can slow gas hikes

RBC I As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

Sen. Udall on 50 years of Wilderness Act

EDITOR’S NOTE: U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who chairs the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee and serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote an op-ed column for the Chaffee County Times, marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and reflecting on wilderness’s importance to Colorado’s special way of life.

Guest Editorial: Reality time: Climate alarmists getting ugly

RBC I The climate change debate rages, beginning with the physical science and continuing with economic analysis and government policy. The good news is that the balance of evidence continues to point toward modest warming scenarios, not catastrophic ones, from the human influence on global climate. This would seem to be good news.

Guest Editorial: Paonia could become marijuana capital

RBC I In the garden of my cousin, Sepp, in Germany’s Black Forest, there is a big tree that produces lots of yellow plums every year.

Tipton: USFS still after water grab

RBC I On Monday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO3) called the latest U.S. Forest Service permit condition for ski area water rights insufficient to protect water users from agency abuses.

Guest Editorial: Facts on fracking are ignored; fear is only tool for environmentalists

RBC I Researchers in Colorado just came forward with a shocking claim: hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the decades-old method of using a high-velocity mixture of water, sand and chemicals to blast through rock to release oil and gas deposits, causes birth defects. There’s just one hitch: it isn’t true.

Guest Editorial: Ruling on wild horse fence to affect future

RBC I On April 21, The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER) and noted equine photographer Carol Walker, director of field documentation for Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), filed an appeal in District of Columbia Circuit Court to U.S. District Court’s November 2013 dismissal of a lawsuit against the Custer National Forest (FS) […]

Guest Editorial: Minimum wage a living wage?

RBC I EDITOR’S NOTE: The Herald Times neither renounces nor endorses this opinion piece. It is offered to our readers as a thought-provoking article.

BLM eyes grassroots effort to close off Western Colorado to drilling

COLORADO I Mark Waltermire squints in the winter sunlight, craning his neck to take in the view from his vegetable farm in Hotchkiss, Colo. He jabs his finger toward a mesa: “There,” he says. “And up in there.”

Broadband important to rural Colorado

RBC I The 260 residents of Ten Sleep, Wyo., drive at least 26 miles to buy groceries and 112 to catch a plane. Local businesses include the Crazy Woman Café and Dirty Sally’s, a soda fountain and souvenir shop. You wouldn’t expect an Internet entrepreneur to launch a startup here.

A REVIEW: ‘Evolution of the National Parks;’ Dinosaur could be a lake

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a review of author Robert Keiter’s book “To Conserve Unimpaired: Evolution of a National Park Idea.” It takes a wide look at the National Park Service’s beginnings and the changes in the mindset within the organization from its inception to the present day. For example, if the NPS had its way, […]