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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.

Personhood amendment revised and revived

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado Right to Life joined forces with Personhood USA on the West Steps of the state Capitol on Thursday to launch a ballot initiative to define a person as “every human being from the beginning of biological development of that human being.”

“The amendment was changed to remove the word ‘fertilization’ because of concerns that it would protect cloning. And, now, there’s even human-animal cloning,” said Keith Mason, a founder of Personhood USA.

LaHood breaks ground with guv

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

LAKEWOOD — Continuing the string of visits by Cabinet-level secretaries to Colorado, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood came to Lakewood Tuesday afternoon to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for the state’s latest highway stimulus project.

Mostly GOP politicos address churchgoers

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — At the public political forum at the Mountain Springs Church, you could almost hear Jimmy Dean singing, “Now, give me that old time religion. Give me that old time religion. Give me that old time religion! Lord, it’s good enough for me.”

Ritter praises repair team for work on capitol

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

It’s almost a wrap for the “Life Safety Upgrades” project at the Colorado Capitol.

At a press conference June 29, Gov. Bill Ritter officially proclaimed the day to be “State Capitol Life Safety Project Day,” recognizing the contributions of various planners, construction workers and artisans in repairing the Capitol building to eliminate life-and-limb-threatening problems.