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Hikers are flooding our public lands, so I ask the question: Why can’t people just leave the poor rocks alone?

The 4th seems to have morphed into simply a reason to trash our beaches and neighborhoods. Instead of gathering family and friends for the day to enjoy an outing of food and fun to celebrate our freedoms, some people take it to a level of disturbing others with exploding illegal fireworks th…

The premise of Thomas Knapp, guest opinion in the July 16, Triplicate, that the government is trying to censor social media is false.  It is true that some social media companies have censored groups and individuals they feel post patently false and conspiratorial content, but they are priva…

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The wall between the United States and Mexico has come to stand for desperation and suffering for many people. For most of us who live within 20 miles of this 452-mile wall, it’s also seen as a bizarre experiment: How much damage can ripple into the surrounding landscape from a wall that cut…

On May 9, protected by neoprene, I bobbed around in a flooded canyon in Utah’s Lake Powell. The reservoir had fallen below 35 percent full, which gave me the unique opportunity to free-dive through an underwater bridge that was now suddenly within reach.

This should be the weekend of the Southern Oregon Kite Festival. Unfortunately, it is not and never will be again. The SOKF was a huge benefit to the Brookings-Harbor area, bringing visitors from over the West.

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Giant sequoias come as close to immortality as living organisms can. Many live over a thousand years, an almost unimaginable span of survival in the face of all of nature’s challenges.

Here we are, at the beginning of what could prove to be worst wildfire season ever and the world's best firefighting tool sits unused and not ready to go because of decisions made by the U.S. Forest Service and states not to use it.

As advocates and supporters of people with disabilities and their independence, Tri-County Independent Living acknowledges and offers our whole-hearted applause for the work being done on the Crescent City Americans with Disabilities Act Project.

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Last spring, at the height of some of the most anxiety-ridden moments of the pandemic, my father read a poem to me over the phone. He’s 89 this year, and while he’s vibrant and healthy I don’t take for granted any opportunity to hear his voice — especially when he’s reciting a poem.

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We are the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Del Norte and we are writing this letter to raise awareness of the Smokefree Multi-unit Housing ordinance, Ordinance No. 825, which was adopted in November 2020 and will be fully effective on January 1, 2022 for the city of Crescent City.

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Looking around, it’s clear people are desperate to put this chapter in history behind us, to enjoy life and interact as they once did.  You cannot overestimate the value of in-person human connection.  COVID has deprived us of this.  We are now 15 months into this pandemic, and although much…

This request was to the county regarding the recent fire assessment (additional tax) vote that was initially declared not passing for a second time, and then a magic ballot was found after the public had left.

This week I saw a sticker on a beautiful red KIA Town Car, which read, “love abounds.”

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched three acres of its riverfront float away. More recently, it’s been drought, and then worse drought.

Before 2006, I never gave much thought to nominalizations — noun forms like “beauty” and “the scheduling” that at heart are really adjectives like “beautiful” or verbs like “to schedule.” I was familiar with the concept, but I didn’t understand how much it could improve writing.

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“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West.

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"Even James Bond Needs Protection" warned John Logan, whose pen helped create the fictional spy's most recent cinematic adventures, in a New York Times guest essay on June 2. Is Bond menaced by Vladimir Putin's Russia reviving the KGB, or perhaps a betrayal by his American sidekick Felix Lei…

I love fish — the way they look, the way they fry up, the secret lives they live under the water.  And of all the fish in the sea, river or lake, I most prize those that descended from the great oceangoing salmonids, trout and char. 

Here’s the dilemma: You want to explore the West’s huge treasure of public land, but you don’t want to be accompanied by crowds of people. How do you avoid places that wind up on everyone’s bucket list or that have been Instagrammed and geo-tagged to death?

I am bedridden with an untreated left fractured tibia for the 11th day after a motor vehicle accident which was my fault. On May 13, I left an urgent message about my injuries with the VA Roseburg operator/call center to forward to my VA Brookings clinic. VA-BR did not call me for over five …

I am bedridden with an untreated left fractured tibia for the 11th day after a motor vehicle accident which was my fault. On May 13, I left an urgent message about my injuries with the VA Roseburg operator/call center to forward to my VA Brookings clinic. VA-BR did not call me for over five …

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In the mid-1960s, my dad served on the school board in Cortez, in rural southern Colorado. He recalled that at one meeting he said something a little too liberal because a fellow board member invited him to “step outside.”

Hello, I am an elder of the Yurok Tribe. I am curious as to why the tribes that are Federally recognized get monthly checks and the Yurok's get nothing but a few dollars here and a few dollars there.

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As we enter the 16th month of the COVID pandemic, many problems still remain.  Why after 16 months does it often feel like we’ve really made so little progress?

One hundred thirty thousand dollars. That’s what it takes for a down payment to buy an average-priced home in Bozeman, Montana. Then an aspiring homeowner must fork out another $3,000 each month, which is more than two-thirds of their household’s paychecks if they make the median income for …

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Once again the Klamath River Basin is in a "water crisis." With not enough water to fulfill all needs and demands, irrigators, federal tribes and fishermen are all clamoring for more water and for "emergency disaster assistance" from the federal government. In the middle are the federal and …

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Just like you, I live with the fear of wildfire. My southern Oregon town of Ashland nestles against the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains, whose forests become tinder in our hot, dry summers. 

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Some Colorado River tribulations today remind me of a folk story: A young man went to visit his fiancé and found the family trembling and weeping. They pointed to the ceiling, where an axe was embedded in a rafter.

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Life is filled with challenges. There are many external circumstances outside of your control. The weather, actions of others, the economy and politics are just a few examples. However, your response to these circumstances is completely within your control. You chose your thoughts, emotions,…

Ruth is a 67-year-old woman living with metastatic lung cancer. She receives care at a treatment center near her home in rural southern Illinois. There are larger hospitals over an hour away in St. Louis, but she doesn't have the time or financial resources to travel there as often as she wo…

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Life is filled with challenges. There are many external circumstances outside of your control. The weather, actions of others, the economy and politics are just a few examples. However, your response to these circumstances is completely within your control. You chose your thoughts, emotions,…

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Santa Fe, New Mexico, once was sustained by the waters of the Santa Fe River, which begins in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, flows through the city and then onward to the Rio Grande.

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Pushback against a “meatless day” proclaimed by Colorado Gov. Jared Polis last month was predictably vigorous. It was part of the “war on rural Colorado,” said a state senator who runs a cattle-feeding operation. Twenty-six of Colorado’s 64 counties adopted “meat-in” proclamations. Governors…

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The end of the pandemic in the U.S. is in sight. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have proven to be outstandingly effective at protecting recipients from coronavirus and they are also safe.

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Southwestern Colorado is used to spending winters partially isolated from the rest of Colorado, thanks to treacherous mountain passes that hem communities in when bad weather strikes.

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Fear has an evolutionary foundation. The emotion of fear was intended to keep you safe. Fear triggered the fight or flight reflex. When you felt threatened, you would either run from the danger, or fight it head on.

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For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than it was leading up to last year’s record-breaking fires.

God, I hope del Norte county isn't as foolish as LA county because they are trying to recall Governor Newsom. What are they thinking? Del Norte County, let's show him who the Redwood Empire loves ......Governor Newsom. How could we not with all the grant money he's getting for us?

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Many Americans have questions about COVID-19 vaccines – and rightfully so. There’s lots of information out there, and researchers are learning new details about the virus daily.