Marianne Goodland

Impresario Seawell’s many lives celebrated

The Colorado Statesman

Impresario. It’s an old Italian word you don’t hear very often, designating someone who made sure the public had entrée to the arts.

Donald Seawell may be gone, but generations of Coloradans to continue to benefit from Denver’s premier impresario.

Brown urges state to consider reviving Narrows water project

The Colorado Statesman

The state water plan is just a week away from being finalized, but last-minute suggestions are still coming in, including a letter from the interim Water Resources Review Committee. One of those is from state Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, suggesting a storage solution for the South Platte River that could provide about a half-million acre-feet of water, at least in wet years.

His proposal is to resuscitate the Narrows project, a dam that was planned along the South Platte in Morgan County.

Denver official calls marijuana market oversaturated

The Colorado Statesman

Denver has 1,000 marijuana licenses in 440 unique locations, according to Ashley Kilroy, executive director of marijuana policy for the city.

And she says that’s might be enough.

Kilroy told an audience of public safety officials and their supporters last week that the city is “getting to the point of being oversaturated” and also could be close to overproduction of marijuana.

RNC official charges NBC ‘hijacked’ Boulder debate

The Colorado Statesman

A member of the RNC committee in charge of the Republican presidential debates said at a Colorado GOP fundraiser in Denver on Thursday night that the CNBC debate held in Boulder the night before “was hijacked by NBC,” its corporate parent, leaving the financial news network serving “as surrogates for MSNBC,” its liberal-leaning sister network.

Wars brewing again over allowing grocery stores to sell full-strength wine and beer

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters of an effort to allow grocery store sales of full-strength beer and wine are taking another shot at persuading voters or the Colorado General Assembly to change the state’s post-Prohibition laws.

An organization called Your Choice Colorado launched the first salvo Tuesday, announcing a campaign to change the law. The next day, an organization called Keep Colorado Local, representing mom-and-pop liquor stores and craft breweries, fired back.

Roberts, Sonnenberg talk about decisions to pass on Senate bid

The Colorado Statesman

The decision last spring by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora to turn down a run for the Republican nomination for Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat threw state and national GOP leaders into a crunch to find someone, anyone, who could take on U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Denver Democrat, in next year’s election.

Denver Chamber lays out wish list for state water plan

The Colorado Statesman

James Lochhead, head of Denver Water, put it simply and perhaps with a hint of optimism: “We can have it all.”

Lochhead was among a group of statewide water leaders who sat down last week to chat about Colorado’s Water Plan. Their chat took place before several hundred at a Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce luncheon, convened to discuss the role business can play charting the state’s water future.

From the statehouse to the courthouse

Gibbs enjoys tackling local issues in second term as Summit County commissioner

The Colorado Statesman

BRECKENRIDGE — Dan Gibbs is in a good place: Summit County, where he is one of three members of the Board of County Commissioners, a job he’s held for five years.

It’s a different life for the 38-year old Gibbs, who spent four sessions at the state Capitol: one year in the House and three in the Senate. He decided in 2010 to forego the life of a rural senator and head home for good, or at least for a good while.

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce looks ahead after tough year at statehouse

The Colorado Statesman

It’s been a tough year for the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, at least at the State Capitol, where many of its legislative priorities ran aground.

The chamber held its annual membership meeting, drawing more than 1,000 to a luncheon on Friday the Grand Hyatt at the Colorado Convention Center. Chamber President and CEO Kelly Brough began by welcoming members and celebrating successes.

Housing credits still top Democrats’ wish list for 2016

The Colorado Statesman

Housing credits, the House Democrats’ answer to the controversy over construction-defects legislation last session, are likely to come back next session, according to two legislators who addressed Denver Democrats.

It’s not only low-income residents who struggle to find affordable housing — the middle class is increasingly getting squeezed out of the market as well, according to lawmakers who spoke at a Sept. 11 Downtown Denver Democrats forum at a downtown restaurant.