Ernest Luning

Chandelier kicks off next phase of rehab

The Colorado Statesman

On Monday, contractors lowered the massive brass chandelier that hangs above the Colorado House of Representatives onto a platform and began taking it apart. It’s the start of the second phase of a three-year project designed to restore the legislative chambers to their historic appearance.

“We like to say we’re lowering it, not that we’re dropping it,” quipped Gary Behm, owner of St. Louis Antique Lighting Co., as assistants began dismantling the chandelier, which dates to the 1890s.

Supporting weed’s women

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado’s cannabis industry becoming well established, entreprenuers from all walks of life are finding their way in to push it forward.

Women in the industry face some of the same challenges that have been faced by women in business for decades.

That’s where Woman of Weed comes in.

The group is a sub-council of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce. Woman of Weed (referred to in meetings as WoW) held its second monthly meeting last week. Its mission is to empower women who are getting into the industry and to become its future leaders.

YESTERYEAR

Ritter jumps in, Lamm lashes back, Rogers wants veto

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman ... Former three-term Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter officially filed his paperwork for a run for governor, though he made clear that a formal announcement would come later. “With four children, 10 brothers and sisters and 32 nieces and nephews, I have a huge stake in the future,” said Ritter. Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Feeley was Ritter’s treasurer. Other early endorsers included Frank and Martelle Daniels, Bruce Alexander, Dr.

Mizel Institute honors Hirschfeld at annual dinner

The Colorado Statesman

It’s tough to get a room full of even a few politicians, civic leaders and public servants to agree about anything, but on Wednesday night some 2,000 of them packed a cavernous converted Air Force hanger and were united in at least one sentiment: the community has benefited immensely from the generosity of A. Barry Hirschfeld.

‘It’s Broke, Fix It’

Business, agriculture groups call for immigration solutions from GOP

The Colorado Statesman

Last year, Front Range grocery store customers ate plenty of sweet corn grown at Sakata Farms. But the Brighton producer’s other major summer vegetable, cabbage, didn’t make it to kitchen tables, left unharvested in the field. And forget about broccoli, another labor-intensive crop. The farm has supplied most of the metro-area’s locally grown broccoli in recent years, but its owners didn’t bother planting last spring, because they couldn’t count on having enough workers to get it to market.

Primaries, Lamm to White House and police snafu

The Colorado Statesman

35 Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The race for the chance to challenge U.S. Sen. Gary Hart was heating up. Attorney John Cogswell was the overwhelming choice of state Republican Party county chairs to take on the first-term Democrat, preferred by 36 percent of the chairs surveyed by The Statesman. Former Georgia Rep. Howard “Bo” Callaway came in second, with 19 percent support, followed by Colorado Secretary of State Mary Estill Buchannan, who was the favorite of 10 percent of the county chairs. State Sen.

RNC chief touts Hispanic outreach

The Colorado Statesman

The chairman of the Republican National Committee vowed on Tuesday to increase the GOP’s efforts to engage and sway Hispanic voters in Colorado, building on an approach taken last year he said proved the party can appeal to the fast-growing population.

“We’re going to win Colorado in 2016. That will be our pathway to the White House, right here in this room,” Reince Priebus told several dozen members of the Colorado Hispanic Advisory Council at a Mexican restaurant in north Denver.

Colo. Dems back Obama on Iran negotiations

The Colorado Statesman

On the same day last week the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill giving Congress a vote on an anticipated nuclear agreement with Iran, three Democrats from the Colorado delegation signed on to a letter expressing support for the ongoing negotiations, urging President Obama to “stay on course.”

Coffman settling in as state’s chief lawyer

The Colorado Statesman

Attorney General Cynthia Coffman knows her way around the office. As chief deputy attorney general under her predecessor, John Suthers, and having worked for the state’s chief lawyer for a decade, she’s worked closely with employees and played a key role in decisions.

YESTERYEAR

Sine Die through the years

The Colorado Statesman

Ten Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman…The Legislature gaveled down the session two days early, wrapping things up ahead of schedule for the first time since the 120-day calendar was adopted in 1989, saving taxpayers some $30,000. But not before passing the Colorado Economic Recovery Act with barely bipartisan support.