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Strode: Community gardens sow community health benefits

Advocacy Denver

For the past 20 years, Denver Urban Gardens has helped design, build and sustain an expanding network of 150 community gardens throughout the metro area. This year, the organization has 12 new garden projects under construction and is offering technical assistance to other community garden projects around the state. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Executive Director Michael Buchenau says research shows community gardens have the potential to affect community health in urban settings.

Catherine Strode: What is the concept behind community gardens?

Politics Uncorked

Jump on growing wave of Colorado’s urban wineries

The Colorado Statesman

Wine Country. It’s a term that conjures idyllic images of quaint wineries nestled among acres of bountiful vineyards. Most of us at one time or another have planned a trip to Wine Country, perhaps California’s Napa Valley or Colorado’s own Grand Valley.

Guest Commentary

Salazar: Fighting wildfires protects Colorado’s water supplies

Guest Contributor

Long-term drought has dramatically affected Western states across the Colorado River basin, and exacerbated the risk of wildfire in those areas. In addition to the tragic loss of human life, wildfires also threaten our homes, wildlife habitat, the places we hunt, fish and hike, as well as our drinking water. As the U.S. Congress considers a legislative response to the drought, it should also fix the way we pay for wildfires, as the two are correlated.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Specialty courts meet specific needs

The Colorado Statesman

Unless you are a regular in Colorado courts — offender, attorney or judge — walking into a modern courtroom might leave you with a sense of chaos and confusion. The sensation can be amplified in criminal courts as prosecutors and public defenders shuffle through case files they saw for the first time just five minutes earlier, all while the judge works with staff to process new cases as swiftly as possible.

It can leave the casual observer quite jarred.


Tymkovich elevated to chief judge of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

The Colorado Statesman

As the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals begins its new schedule of cases this week Judge Timothy Tymkovich has heard a couple of child porn cases, a campaign finance case, even a case involving a $7 million bicycle accident at the Air Force Academy.

Last Wednesday, in a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Denver, he was elevated to chief judge of the circuit, succeeding Judge Mary Beck Briscoe.

“I feel quite fortunate and honored to have the chance to become our new chief and lead the court in that capacity,” he told The Colorado Statesman.


Hudson: Education reformers deal with shifting alliances

The Colorado Statesman

In the fall of 1957 I was enrolled in Algebra I with Mr. Grzeszkiewicz at Sherwood Junior-Senior High School in Montgomery County, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. (The first 10 points on every quiz was awarded for correctly spelling Mr. G’s name on the top of your exam.) That October the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, a basketball-sized satellite, which emitted an annoying beep every few seconds as it circled the earth. America’s self-confidence was struck a severe blow, nowhere so much as to our collective assessment of the quality of public schools.

Hickenlooper forms task force on Native American mascots

The Colorado Statesman

There will be no debate at the Capitol next year over the use of American Indian mascots at public schools.

Instead, a diverse commission intends to start a statewide dialogue on the contentious issue, which led to lengthy and often emotional legislative hearings earlier this year.

Kopp tapped to head Colorado Concern

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Concern, one of the state’s leading business organizations, today named former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp as its executive director, said Blair Richardson, managing director of Bow River Capital Partners and chairman of Colorado Concern.

Lynch named executive, political director for state GOP

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Republican Party on Monday named Ryan Lynch executive director and political director for the state GOP, a party spokesman announced.

“Ryan has a demonstrated track record of performance in working for candidates and within the party structure. This makes him a big asset to our party and our candidates,” said Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House in a statement. “He has deep roots in our state and a broad range of relationships across it.”

News From Yesteryear

Hart, Buchanan spar over federal budget cuts; JFK warns against complacency in time of peril

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Gary Hart and Republican Secretary of State Mary Estill Buchanan was hitting the home stretch, just a couple weeks after she had won a four-way primary after petitioning onto the ballot. At the candidates’ first debate, held at a hotel in Silverthorne, the two clashed over the federal budget. Hart said he favored cutting “wasteful, unnecessary and ineffective” programs, taking a “scalpel” approach, while Buchanan argued for a 3-5 percent “across the board budget cut” to federal spending. “I am persuaded that the time is correct to use the meat-axe approach,” she said. Later, challenged by Hart that her method would harm Social Security recipients, military retirees and Western water projects, Buchanan said she hadn’t been talking about certain programs and wouldn’t want to cut entitlements or pensions.