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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!


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.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Cynical, 'politicist' readings of Constitution substitute sound bites for consistency

The Colorado Statesman

Donald Trump stumbled across another political powder keg last week and couldn’t help himself from lighting a match. Again.

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump challenged the 14th Amendment provision that makes anyone born on American soil a U.S. citizen. Almost 150 years after Republicans pushed through passage of the amendment, the current Republican front-runner blasted the policy in his typical bombastic, irreverent style.


Hudson: Honest, humble Jimmy Carter set the bar

The Colorado Statesman

I was 31 years old and living in Denver when I cast my first ballot for president in 1976. My 10-year absence from the polls wasn’t for a lack of interest but was a product of circumstance. The voting age hadn’t yet changed to 18 in 1964, so I missed the Johnson-Goldwater contest. Then in 1968 I was serving in the Navy at a time when no real effort was made to provide service members absentee ballots. In October 1972 I was moving to Colorado from Maryland, long before early voting was offered there and far too late to register here.

Denver moves ahead with college affordability ballot measure

The Colorado Statesman

Denver residents won't even notice the pocketbook impact of a proposed tax hike to fund college scholarships, the city's chief financial officer said this week.

Even if voters approve a slight sales tax increase to create the College Affordability Fund this fall, the city's tax rate will remain at a level residents are accustomed to paying, Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy told the Denver City Council on Monday.

Congress obsessed with EPA, but Silverton seeks solutions for contaminated mines

The Colorado Statesman

As Congress sharpens its knives for what will likely be multiple committee hearings on the accidental release by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of 3 million gallons of toxic mine wastewater into the Animas River on Aug. 5, local officials are focused on disaster relief.

Their pleas for congressional help come amid a chorus of criticism aimed at the federal agency, which on Wednesday issued its own internal review of the blowout, concluding it was “likely inevitable” and caused mainly by an “underestimation of the water pressure in the Gold King Mine.”