Marianne Goodland

Rain barrel bill may be coming back

The Colorado Statesman

Coloradans may yet get the chance to use those rain barrels for something other than enormous flowerpots.

The General Assembly’s Water Resources Review Committee on Tuesday considered a bill that would allow Colorado residents to collect and use rainwater that comes off their roofs. Colorado is the only state that forbids collecting rainwater.

Water storage a major concern heard by resource review panel

The Colorado Statesman


And storage, and, just maybe, more storage.

If there was a single message that emerged from the final two hearings on the state water plan, it’s that the East Slope needs more water storage.

It’s a message the interim Water Resources Review Committee heard and acknowledged during the hearings, held Monday in Greeley and Tuesday in Aurora.

Representatives of the Denver South Platte River area basin roundtables hammered on that desire, as did members of the public who spoke to the committee.

Pot industry wants social-use policy ‘done right,’ glad measure off ballot

The Colorado Statesman

The demise last week of a Denver ballot measure to allow smoking marijuana in public settings wasn’t exactly the worse news the industry could ask for.

It turns out that some industry insiders were less than enthusiastic about what they saw as potential unintended consequences of the proposed measure.

State’s efforts to boost services for young children paying off

The Colorado Statesman

Imagine a place — a community, a county, a state – where every child walks into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten ready to learn. It doesn’t matter if the child comes from a low-income family, a family led by a single parent, or it’s a child with developmental or other needs that could hinder learning.

That’s what the people involved with the Early Childhood Colorado Framework to see in the not-too-distant future.

Obama official talks climate with business leaders

The Colorado Statesman

The problems of climate change won’t be solved overnight, according to an official from the Obama administration who met with members of the Colorado business community in Denver on Tuesday.

Bremer calls for robust foreign policy, faults majority of GOP candidates’ qualifications

The Colorado Statesman

L. Paul Bremer III has some specific ideas about the foreign policy leadership he wants to see from the next occupant of the White House. But he told a gathering of Arapahoe County Republicans on Friday that most of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates “are not qualified” to lead the world.

Bremer, the administrator of Iraq under President George W. Bush, delivered remarks at the Arapahoe County GOP Lincoln Day dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, which was also attended by the headliner’s brother El Paso County Republican stalwart Duncan Bremer and his family.

Brauchler elaborates on his deliberations over possible run for U.S. Senate seat

The Colorado Statesman

George Brauchler is considering a run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. But the district attorney hasn’t made any progress on that decision over the last seven months, he told The Colorado Statesman Friday evening.

Brauchler, serving his first term as prosecutor for the18th Judicial District, was commenting on a Denver Post article, posted late Friday, that said he was considering a run for the seat currently held by Democrat Michael Bennet.

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.)