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Ritter touts state's new energy gains for Senate panel

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter found a new audience for his new energy economy message on Tuesday, as he told a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C., that Colorado’s success in attracting new energy jobs should make it a model for the nation.

Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn dies

Longtime Republican activist Mindy Meiklejohn died peacefully on June 30 at Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center. She was 80.

Denver biennial will open hemispheric dialogue

By Katy Schultz
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In less than a year, Denver will host its first Denver Biennial of the Americas, welcoming innovators, artists, politicians, scholars and others to a cultural festival and open dialogue about the issues that face the Western Hemisphere.

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.