Marianne Goodland

Water Congress convenes to talk land-use, conservation measures

The Colorado Statesman

VAIL — With Colorado’s population expected to double in the next 35 years, the state water plan calls for conservation, coupled with an as-yet undefined cultural change. It might look something like Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood, or perhaps the Highlands area of west Denver, with smaller single-family homes on smaller lots, or more higher-density development, such as condos, townhouses and apartments.

Congressional delegation spars over federal budget, environment

The Colorado Statesman

Five members of Colorado’s congressional delegation on Wednesday sparred over the budget, transportation, environmental regulation and the over-budget Veterans Administration hospital under construction in Aurora.

They began by stating how well they get along, but by the end of their appearance at a forum, that wasn’t so clear.

The setting was Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry’s second annual legislative luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Denver before a nearly standing-room-only crowd.

Financial experts not alarmed by stock market correction

The Colorado Statesman

The wild ride by the stock market this week has people watching their 401(k)s in horror. But those with long-term strategies, including the state treasury and the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association, are less worried about the market’s seesaws and declines, at least for now.

In the five trading sessions beginning last Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 1,888 points, about 11 percent of its value. Similar percentage point declines also took place with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ. (By mid-week, the market was posting robust gains.)

Water committee hears from Colorado River community

The Colorado Statesman

Grand County is “ground zero” for trans-mountain diversions, and the idea that another may be in the offing raises concerns for those who live and work near the Colorado River.

Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

The Colorado Statesman

Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

By Marianne Goodland
The Colorado Statesman

Even while dealing with the wastewater spill on the Animas River, the EPA is preparing for the rollout of updated standards on carbon emissions and ground-level ozone.

It’s an issue that brought Ron Carleton, EPA’s counselor to the administrator for agricultural policy, to Denver this week.

Carleton spoke to The Colorado Statesman about the updates, and the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan, which was finalized on Aug. 3.

State water plan updated, more to come

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado towns and cities could be asked to make big reductions in their water use, under a new goal added to the state’s water plan.

The statewide plan, ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2013, is now on its second draft. The first draft came out last December, and received more than 24,000 comments.

Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

The Colorado Statesman

Even while dealing with the wastewater spill on the Animas River, the EPA is preparing for the rollout of updated standards on carbon emissions and ground-level ozone.

It’s an issue that brought Ron Carleton, EPA’s counselor to the administrator for agricultural policy, to Denver this week.

Carleton spoke to The Colorado Statesman about the updates, and the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan, which was finalized on Aug. 3.

Cannabis industry has arrived, marketing expert tells Colorado business group

The Colorado Statesman

Like it or not, the cannabis industry has arrived.

One of the industry’s leading marketing gurus told a business networking group in Centennial last Thursday that regulation has made Colorado’s growing cannabis market a success — at least for now.

The Opportunity Coalition, which sponsors forums for business owners and entrepreneurs to connect, brought Dixie Elixir’s marketing chief Joe Hodas to discuss the growth of the industry in Colorado.

Colorado crowdfunding law goes into effect

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado this week becomes the newest state to allow start-up businesses and entrepreneurs an opportunity to “crowdfund” for in-state investors.

With new rules put in place, the state’s Division of Securities also hopes to avoid some of the problems that intrastate equity crowdfunding has run into elsewhere.

Crowdfunding, which has been around for about 15 years, is a way for an entrepreneur or business to raise funds by soliciting contributions, usually over the Internet.

Cable pioneer Glenn Jones remembered at celebration

The Colorado Statesman

They came to mourn, but mostly they came to laugh and to celebrate.

People from all walks of life filled Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Wednesday to remember Glenn Jones, the cable TV pioneer who died July 7 after a brief illness. He was 85.

They remembered a man with an impeccable sense of style, an unforgettable sense of humor and a drive to change lives for the better.

“He dreamed big dreams, achieving what others had yet to even recognize as possible,” said Mike James, a minister with Volunteers of America, one of Jones’ philanthropic causes.