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Sebelius lauds state health care progress

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

When employment is scarce, good health care coverage is even scarcer. But in the midst of an economic recession, the state of Colorado has been recognized for its achievements in enrolling financially qualified residents in federally backed health care programs.

Moving on without answers

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Some members of the public are pressuring Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to say whether he’ll support President Barack Obama’s public health care option.

Bennet has remained silent.

Springs' secret dealings bring out 'malcontents'

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — The city of Colorado Springs is battling not only to keep the United States Olympic Committee anchored in the community where it has been for 25 years — it’s also fighting a public perception that it hides information from the public.

Hick: Gird for cuts, Denver

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In his sixth State of the City address, a somber Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper told Denverites that they face an “unprecedented challenge.”

Although the mayor outlined positions on numerous other issues during the speech, Hickenlooper focused most of his attention on Denver’s economic situation, and, specifically, its budget.

Ritter urges Coloradans to plan for long-term care

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

On July 7, the West steps of the Capitol brimmed with people checking out booths with information on health-care options, grocery shopping on a budget and public transportation for metro-area seniors.

Tire dumps pose health, safety hazards

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — A dry wind sweeps over tires piled into minimountains in the Midway monofill south of Fountain in El Paso County. Beneath the rolling rubber hills are millions of discarded tires in excavated pits — some of them more than 60 feet deep.

Budget panel told state is headed for cliff

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

We ain’t seen nothing yet.

That was the message given to a legislative commission Wednesday by state budget experts who predict the General Assembly will have to cut from $900 million to $1 billion from the 2010-11 fiscal year budget.

Turbine to send energy to four states

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

There wasn’t a breeze in the air in Denver on Monday as Gov. Bill Ritter announced the construction of a 34-turbine wind farm outside Burlington, where the wind comes sweeping down the Eastern Plains energetically enough to power 12,000 to 14,000 homes.

Udall sees little hope after Pakistan visit

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, says he returned from a May visit to Pakistan concerned that the United States may have missed its opportunity to create stability in the region. He said that because U.S. troops have been unable to help displaced Pakistani civilians, civilian loyalty is shifting to the radical Islamist groups that have infiltrated refugee camps.

Udall spoke at the “From Strategy to Implementation: Strengthening U.S.-Pakistan Relations” hearing in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

'Cap and trade' vote splits delegation 4-3

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The Barack Obama administration chalked up another victory last week when it successfully lobbied the House of Representatives to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, otherwise known as Cap and Trade.