Current News

State may or may not be probing ballot fraud in Chaffee County

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado elections watchers who have been following the zig-zagging, on-again, off-again case of the 2012 Republican Primary Chaffee County ballots completed half in blue and half in black ink may get an answer soon whether or not state officials believe the ballots are evidence of election fraud.

Or they may get no answer at all.

That’s because the investigation was apparently left with the attorney general’s office at the beginning of 2013 — and the attorney general’s office may or may not be conducting an investigation at all.


Political consultant Katy Atkinson passes

Political consultant Katy Atkinson died Thursday after battling a recurrence of cancer. She was 59.

News From Yesteryear

Clinton sings ‘Happy Birthday,’ Air Force One idled by fall storm

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop in Denver and was greeted at his visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor healthcare facility by Gov. Roy Romer, Archbishop J. Francis Stafford and hundreds of supporters anxious to hear the president’s speech about Medicaid and the upcoming budget fight with the Republican-controlled Congress. During the reception, Clinton asked those present to sing “Happy Birthday” to 94-year-old Ethel Hoag.

McInnis battles feds, ruffles feathers as Mesa County commissioner

The Colorado Statesman

Rusting dump trucks. Feral cats. Potholed roads. A crumbling dog pound.

Scott McInnis has his hands full.

Being a Mesa County commissioner means dealing with a slew of problems. He is buttonholed by constituents over breakfast, stopped as he walks his dogs through his subdivision, and hailed from passing cars as he leaves the grocery store. He constantly hears from county residents in voice messages, texts and emails.

Guest Commentary

Domenico: Iran deal’s defenders reveal weak view of U.S. leadership

Guest Contributor

The impending deal the Obama Administration has struck with Iran’s leadership says a lot about the direction our country’s leadership is pointing us, and none of it is good.

Iran is one of the world’s largest oil producers and is unlikely to be spending billions on nuclear reactors and facilities as a purely peaceful, green-energy project. So nobody even bothers to pretend to believe anymore that Iran’s nuclear program is anything but a weapons-of-mass-destruction program.

After 2 million visitors, Molly Brown House gets rehab

The Colorado Statesman

Historic Denver last week launched an extensive rehabilitation and restoration project at the venerable Molly Brown House Museum on Denver's Capitol Hill.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Stop litigating solutions to water storage needs


I am 81 years old and have lived here all my life. The subject of sufficient water storage in Colorado is a conversation that has been on going for years, ever since litigation became possible by conservationists and environmental radicals.


Apocalyptic ad blasts Bennet for Iran vote

A TV ad taking aim at U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet over his vote in favor of the Iran nuclear deal drew howls of outrage from Democrats and others this week. But the outspoken head of the group that paid for the ad says it’s just the opening salvo in a fusillade of vicious attacks on Bennet, who is up for reelection next year.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Bennet should sponsor animal antibiotics legislation


We are quickly losing the effective use of antibiotics, one of the most effective tools in our medical arsenal. This crisis has occurred because antibiotics are routinely added to the feed of animals raised for food. These antibiotics are often the same ones that humans utilize, and the bacteria that survive their journey through the food chain are increasingly resistant to their application.

Lawmakers aim to shed light on some judicial branch records

The Colorado Statesman

If the public wants to know how much the governor's office or the Legislature spends on ink toner or Post-it notes, they can probably find that out.

But good luck obtaining information on how much money the state spends on court cases.

That's because the state's judicial branch is not subject to open records laws. But a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to change that.