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Joe Blake takes over as CSU’s first systemwide chancellor

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

FORT COLLINS — A new page has turned.

As he stood in front of the Colorado State University marching band under sunny blue skies, Joe Blake, the former president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, officially took the helm of the state’s second largest university on Thursday.

Idled workers protest budget cuts

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

State workers and advocates for the disabled felt the pain of the state’s budget woes on Tuesday, the first of four unpaid furlough days for state employees mandated by Gov. Bill Ritter in an effort to address the state’s budget shortfall.

They didn’t suffer in silence.

Norton, Romanoff to announce for Senate

By Jody Hope Strogoff
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Like a quickly changing game of musical chairs, candidates in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race are scrambling for position in a race that is changing almost daily.

Coffman shares CD 6 health care pain

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

KIOWA — Elbert Road unfurled like a black ribbon over hills offering views of weather-beaten barns, pristinely painted homes and lush green pastures where beautiful quarter horses and cattle browsed lazily. A car zoomed by on this lonely stretch in rural Colorado — adding a contrast to the impression that most folks were gathered around their kitchen tables as the sun set.

Robert Kennedy Jr. awes Denver crowd

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Like his father before him, Robert Kennedy Jr. can really wow a crowd.

As the eldest son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy spoke about the role renewable energy can play in changing the nation, about 500 people gathered at the downtown Grand Hyatt for the Ninth Annual Fall Luncheon of the Colorado Conservation Voters listened intently, nodded in agreement and focused an almost star-struck level of attention on his words.

Springs-USOC deal stalled at starting gate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — After two years of wrangling, Colorado Springs officials gloated when the city finally landed a new agreement to keep the United States Olympic Committee headquarters here for 30 years. But less than a month later, the deal is being derailed by a lawsuit that challenges its legality.

The new agreement, like the city’s original deal to secure the USOC, is being stymied by a problem with its funding mechanism — the sale of Certificates of Participation.

Politics takes center stage in Pueblo

Gossip about GOP Senate, governor candidates is thicker than smoke at two Pueblo barbecues

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

PUEBLO — Two annual barbecues kicked off the 2009 Colorado State Fair, and both served up fabulous steaks and sizzling political gossip to satisfy the appetites of Democrats and Republicans alike.

Worker comp provider defends practices

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

And the beat goes on.

The Interim Committee to Study Issues Related to Pinnacol Assurance — known as the “Pinnacol Hearings” to some in the Legislature — held its third daylong session Monday at the Capitol.

DPS candidates rate Stand for Children

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Candidates for the Denver School Board express a wide range of opinions about the involvement in the upcoming election of Stand for Children, which defines itself as a national grassroots organization that “seeks to make children and their needs a higher political priority.”

Since opening its Denver office in March, the nonprofit organization based in Portland, Ore., has attracted donations from the Piton Foundation, the Daniels Fund and the Marquez Foundation.

Straight shooter Ed Carpenter will be missed

Hayden rancher was outspoken but a gentleman

By Ellen Miller
WESTERN SLOPE CORRESPONDENT

GRAND JUNCTION — Ed Carpenter, cowboy poet and singer, and a crusty and outspoken advocate of water rights and ranching who served as the Republican state representative in House District 54 during the 1980s, has died at age 87.