Current News

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Urge EPA to uphold Renewable Fuel Standard, because it’s working

Editor:

The EPA recently snubbed the Renewable Fuel Standard with a revision to the rule that would cut corn ethanol obligations by 3.75 billion gallons over three years — equivalent to a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.

We can’t help but ask, "Why?”

Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.

Massive land swap bid near Vail fuels debate over public lands

The Colorado Statesman

VAIL — A large proposed land swap between a private developer and the U.S. Forest Service near Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas has rekindled the always-smoldering debate over what constitutes the “best public interest” on federally owned public lands in Colorado.

More than 36 percent of Colorado is owned by the federal government and managed under a multiple-use policy that allows for everything from outdoor recreation to timber harvesting to cattle grazing, mining and oil and gas drilling. Outright housing development is not on the list.

Ethics panel accepts ex-lawmaker’s guilt admission in tale of two Kings

The Colorado Statesman

The Independent Ethics Commission’s vote Tuesday on disgraced former state Sen. Steve King might have seemed like overkill to some, but not to Kevin King.

It was King who filed the ethics complaint against the ex-Republican lawmaker almost exactly a year ago, before Steve King pleaded guilty to embezzlement and official misconduct for submitting falsified timecards to two government employers.

Rally kicks off recall drive aimed at Jeffco School Board members

The Colorado Statesman

A sizable crowd gathered for a Wednesday rally to mobilize support to recall three conservative Jefferson County school board members, an event where many expressed anger over a perceived lack of respect on the part of their elected school officials.

The estimated crowd of 2,000 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds included Tim Leenerts, a Lakewood parent, who had a pointed response when asked what brought him to the rally.

“You mean other than the three being out of control?” said Leenerts of the three board members. “It's like they've got no rules. They've got to be stopped.”

Columnist

Hudson: D.C. Fourth: Fireworks, terror, humidity and musings on ISIS

The Colorado Statesman

In years past I’ve spent several Fourth of July holidays in Washington, D.C. Aside from nearly insufferable heat and humidity, you are assured a world class fireworks show. A new normal, however, appears to have emerged this year with security ramped up wherever you turned. Cops were encamped on every corner. Three miles of chain link fencing had been erected in order to funnel the crowds through metal detectors before anyone set foot on the National Mall. Torrential rains in the morning and afternoon reduced lawns to muddy sponges so no one could sit on the grass.

Chamber kicks off campaign to boost healthy communities

The Colorado Statesman

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation kicked off a two-year national campaign to encourage businesses to help make communities healthier with a recent forum in Denver.

“We wanted to go where there’s best practices. Denver is it,” said Marc DeCourcey, vice president of the foundation and head of its Corporate Citizenship Center.

A healthy population will help the country because a healthy workforce is vastly more productive, he said.

But it isn’t just a matter of an apple a day.

Cyberbullies, homemade hash oil targets of new laws taking effect

The Colorado Statesman

Crackdowns on cyberbulling and homemade hash oil are now on the books in Colorado.

The laws are among 19 new statutes that took effect July 1.

Those who are guilty of cyberbulling — harassment through interactive electronic media, such as social media — will now face up to six months behind bars.

Champion of services for children steps down

Advocacy Denver

Dr. Corry Robinson has served as Director of JFK Partners, an interdepartmental program of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the CU School of Medicine, for the past 22 years. In this role, she provided leadership as a clinician, researcher, and educator in the fields of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders in children. At the end of June, Dr. Robinson stepped down from as director at JFK, although still continuing in her academic appointment work and her work as principal investigator on some federally funded grant projects at the program.

Courts

Lakewood cake baker, gay couple square off before court of appeals

The Colorado Statesman

Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips says he was exercising his right to freedom of expression when he refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, but the Colorado Civil Rights Commission called it unlawful discrimination.

So the Lakewood baker took his case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, which heard oral argument Tuesday in what has become a pivotal case nationally in the legal tug-of-war over religious freedom and same-sex marriage.

Colorado Capitol Watch

Noonan: Educators shake, rattle and retire as tremblers shudder state’s elites

Colorado Capitol Watch

Colorado is experiencing a 7.0 San Andreas earthquake with a 1906-style San Francisco fire burning through the education world. Everywhere, education leaders are retiring, quitting, or facing recalls, as education policy pushes and pulls in opposite directions.

State Education Commissioner Robert Hammond retired July 1. Other key executives and mid-level staffers quit. The Colorado Department of Education now has three interim players on its five-member executive committee, including interim commissioner Elliott Asp.