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Local liberals score with '50 Ways to Help Obama'

By Janet Simons
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A hometown atmosphere permeated the mini auditorium at the LoDo Tattered Cover on Thursday, Sept. 17, as local boys Michael Huttner and Jason Salzman kept an eye on their children while greeting and schmoozing with some 250 high school chums, media pals, family members, fans, neighbors and allies in their struggle to move Denver — and the rest of the nation — just a few more notches to the left.

Environmentalists seize moment for wilderness

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

A small group of Colorado environmentalists — including mountaineer Aron Ralston, who became famous in 2003 for freeing himself by using a dull pocketknife to sever his arm after it became trapped under a fallen boulder during a backcountry hike — called for more protection of Colorado land during an event in Denver Tuesday morning.

Chronic disease patients get sympathy, little else

By Richard Haugh
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Health care reform was on the minds of patient advocates for several chronic health conditions at a southeast Denver forum on Tuesday night. But it was paying for that reform that occupied the minds of the two legislators who listened to their concerns.

Ritter trapped in rerun of state budget horror show

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The new numbers are in, and they aren’t good.

One month after he searched the budget in a quest to cut an additional $320 million to balance Colorado’s 2009-’10 budget, Gov. Bill Ritter is being forced to pick up the axe again. On Monday, Legislative Council released the September budget estimate, indicating the state will fall another $240 million short in the current budget year, which began on July 1.

McGovern offers suggestions for Obama

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — If it were up to George McGovern, the nation’s health care crisis would be solved with a one-sentence mandate: Medicare for every American.

NAIRA event features former AG John Ashcroft

The National Asian Indian Republican Association — NAIRA — held its 9th annual event in Colorado recently, highlighted by a speech by former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Colorado first lady opens Gov Mansion for ‘Pints and Bites’

First Lady Jeannie Ritter hosted a collection of Colorado brewers and chefs at the Governor’s Residence, and showcased food from several Colorado farms at the first “Pints & Bites.” With more than 200 patrons in attendance, the event featured 30 different beers from 15 Colorado breweries, paired with 23 menu items using food from five Colorado farms, and all prepared by 17 chefs from the Culinary School of the Rockies.

Colorado Mountain Club Honors Lt. Gov. O’Brien

Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien wrapped up her statewide, four-month-long Colorado Kids Outdoors Tour with an address to about 150 people at Golden’s Colorado Mountain Club on Wed., Sept. 23. This was the largest group to hear O’Brien’s message on an 11-stop tour designed to find out what communities are doing to reconnect kids to the outdoors and to discover any barriers that keep children from engaging in outdoor activities. A report on the tour is expected later this fall.

Gov. Ritter defends cuts, energy policy

By Ellen Miller
WEST SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Gov. Bill Ritter had to run a gauntlet of protesters — about 20 of whom were angrily vocal — before he could get inside Two Rivers Convention Center to defend his budget cuts at the Sept. 12 fall meeting of Club 20.

Gaming towns set to feel budget ax, too

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — Maybe Las Vegas can assure that “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” But Colorado’s gaming communities are enraged by Gov. Bill Ritter’s proposal to cut grants to their safety and health programs — and they’re not about to keep quiet about it.