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Celebrating Independence Day

Thursday and throughout the upcoming weekend, we will celebrate our many freedoms. Along with those freedoms, we celebrate the hard work, talent and accomplishments of our friends and neighbors when…

River tragedies

A tragedy played out on the scanner in the newspaper office last Thursday morning. A woman was in the river. A rafting incident. In what we can only imagine started…

Guest editorial: Help us help bears

It’s that time of year again when all of us at Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are asking you to do everything you can to keep bears wild. The full…

Carrying on the tradition of the greatest Fourth of July Parade

The days are growing warmer. The San Juan River is rushing through town. Navajo Lake is filling up. Summer is just around the corner. The full version of this story…

D-Day: Following in his father’s footsteps

“D-Day was the turning point that decided the future of the world. It brought together strangers who became brothers forever. Their ultimate sacrifices and the sacrifices of those who survived…

Advice to the high school class of 2019

We asked SUN readers and Facebook friends what advice they have for the high school class of 2019 and the responses were overwhelming. The following is an unedited sampling of…

They made the sacrifice

On Nov. 9, 2010, 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, 29, stepped on a land mine while leading a platoon of Marines in southern Afghanistan. He was killed instantly. In February…

1033 investigation: The good and the bad

Several years ago, Archuleta County was scrambling to find $3 million that appeared to be missing. Our county found itself on the brink of bankruptcy. The full version of this…

LPEA should make CEO’s salary public

La Plata Electric Association Inc. (LPEA) is a cooperative owned by its members. Chances are, if you have electricity and live in Archuleta County, you are a member of the…

School board’s actions disingenuous

On April 9, the Archuleta School District (ASD) Board of Education (BOE) gave Superintendent Linda Reed a 5.56 percent raise, increasing her salary from $137,367 to $145,000 annually. That is…