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Denver moves step closer to approving Chick-fil-A restaurant at airport

The Colorado Statesman

After an initial ruffling of feathers over a national chicken chain's planned presence at the Denver International Airport, a Denver City Council committee on Tuesday gave the preliminary OK for its lease.

The Business Development Committee's unanimous approval for a Chick-fil-A franchise lease came two weeks after an initial approval attempt stalled following a discussion involving the privately held, Christian faith-based food chain's stance against gay marriage.

Guest Commentary

Blake: Aurora drops ‘TIF’ over Gaylord project

Guest Contributor

You mean large private developments can be done without huge public subsidies like tax increment financing?

Even Aurora city officials have apparently come to that conclusion. The administration has had a road-to-Damascus conversion and unexpectedly abandoned its effort to push through a tax-increment financing plan for the $850 million Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center, which is supposed to be built near Denver International Airport.

Guest Commentary

Garcia: Pueblo remains ideal to showcase Colorado's agricultural heritage

Guest Contributor

Growing up in Pueblo, I remember at an early age every year attending the Colorado State Fair. Lucky for me, the fair always came around my birthday and gave me an opportunity to enjoy livestock, rodeos and carnival rides, not to mention that All American State Fair Food. It was and remains for my family and me a time of year we all enjoy and look forward to.

Jeffco contract with teachers wins OK amid recall aimed at board majority

The Colorado Statesman

A short-term contract agreement between the Jefferson County school district and its teachers was met with mixed reviews last week, and it’s receiving plenty of attention amid a campaign to recall the school board majority.

The board voted 5-0 to accept a 10-month deal with the Jefferson County Education Association on Thursday, a day after teachers union members voted for ratification.

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.

Guest Commentary

Horn: New ozone rules spell devastating impact on Routt County

Guest Contributor

As the Environmental Protection Agency contemplates a significant reduction to allowable ozone levels, the feds ought to consider the impact on places like Routt County. It may be easy for a bureaucrat sitting in the comfortable confines of a government office building in Washington, D.C., to ink new rules, but it’s up to the people of communities across the nation to actually implement them.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Have a happy 100th birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park!

Editor:

Coloradans will mark 100 years of Rocky Mountain National Park with
cake, music, and family activities on Sept. 4. Moms and kids
from Colorado Moms Know Best will attend the park’s centennial
birthday party to deliver a giant birthday card with children’s
landscape drawings and a message to “protect our clean air and
beautiful vistas” to elected officials and park leaders.

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.)

Denver moves to speed up contract approval process

The Colorado Statesman

The city of Denver has trimmed 18 days off the time it takes for major contracts to be approved by city council by shifting to an approval process that involves resolutions rather than ordinances.

As of Aug. 15, contracts requiring city council review — those over $500,000 — are being considered as resolutions, not ordinances.

The council approved the policy change on an 8-5 vote on July 13.