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It only takes one spark

Don’t let the rain fool you; Archuleta County is experiencing extreme to exceptional drought. “New fire starts may be difficult or impossible to control due to fast rates of spread.…

Playing with fire

“Fueled by fire. Driven by courage.” That was the theme of the 2015 mill levy campaign of the Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD). The full version of this story is…

Colorado Journalism Week News matters

Guest editorial The most recent round of layoffs at the Denver Post led to that paper’s editorial board publishing a rebuke of its hedge-fund ownership, which on Sunday, April 8,…

Celebrating 70 years of San Juan Basin Public Health

Guest editorial The theme for Public Health Week 2018 (April 2-8), Changing Our Future Together, is an interesting one, given that San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is celebrating its…

A lesson in forgiveness

Today, two families mourn for the loss of loved ones in recent tragedies. The community mourns along with them. The senseless murder of father, grandfather, friend, Pagosa Springs community member…

Time to heal

This week’s front page reflects yet another week of tragedy. Since December, The SUN has reported on numerous matters that have shaken this community to its core. Dec. 14, 2017:…

Sunshine is always right

Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for…

Courts: Find a solution

It’s not often that a murder trial is held in Archuleta County. A jury trial has been set for Chad Nystrom, the man accused of killing Richard “Dick” Isaacs in…

Generations of awesome Pitchers

We are deeply grateful for the snow that Mother Nature gifted us with during February. For many, many years, Pagosa Country has been dependent upon tourism. And skiers. And Wolf…

Think outside of the box

After a failed attempt to pass a sales tax increase last November to fund a detention center and sheriff’s office, the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has decided…