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Impresario Seawell’s many lives celebrated

The Colorado Statesman

Impresario. It’s an old Italian word you don’t hear very often, designating someone who made sure the public had entrée to the arts.

Donald Seawell may be gone, but generations of Coloradans to continue to benefit from Denver’s premier impresario.

Poised Fiorina wins debate among Denver GOP watchers, while aggressive Kasich reaps disdain

The Colorado Statesman

At Choppers Sports Grill in Cherry Creek, the watch party crowd for the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate liked former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina best, voting her top dog in a poll that ranked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio second and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson third.

There were roughly 80 people watching the Republican debate at Choppers, drinking local beer and eating flatbread appetizers. TV screens hung every few feet along the walls of the bar’s packed backroom, although, much to the crowd’s dismay, the debate audio cut out time and again.

Mining industry backs ‘Good Samaritan’ fix for Gold King

But re-mining concept worries conservation groups
The Colorado Statesman

Mention the practice of re-mining to anyone familiar with Colorado mining history, and the specter of the 1990’s Summitville disaster — dwarfing last summer’s Gold King Mine spill into the Animas River — is likely to loom large.

Taxpayers have doled out more than $150 million to try to clean up the mess left by a Canadian company that declared bankruptcy in 1992 after it dug up old mine works in the San Juan Mountains near Del Norte and piled them into a cyanide heap leach to extract gold, silver and copper.

Guest Commentary

Stevens and Ellenberger: Lifting crude export ban would make it harder to solve climate crisis

Guest Contributors

Now that the U.S. House has voted to lift the 40-year old ban on crude oil exports, it’s up to President Obama and the Senate to stop this dangerous proposal — a big boost for the oil companies at the expense of the climate and our health.


State Tourism Office taps Ritter as director

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade this week announced that Cathy Ritter has been named as director of the Colorado Tourism Office following a nationwide search.

"Cathy's appointment comes at a time of record growth for our tourism industry, and she's just the person to take us to the next level," said Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement. "We are thrilled to have her experience and knowledge on our team. She has been recognized nationwide for her exceptional tourism industry work, and we know she will be a great asset to the state."

Brown urges state to consider reviving Narrows water project

The Colorado Statesman

The state water plan is just a week away from being finalized, but last-minute suggestions are still coming in, including a letter from the interim Water Resources Review Committee. One of those is from state Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio, suggesting a storage solution for the South Platte River that could provide about a half-million acre-feet of water, at least in wet years.

His proposal is to resuscitate the Narrows project, a dam that was planned along the South Platte in Morgan County.

Guest Commentary

Brown: Building a Better Colorado engaging state in discussions on challenges, solutions

Guest Contributor

You don’t have to be paying close attention to our national political conversation to know that we are increasingly dividing ourselves by sides, networks, and extremes. But if you haven’t been paying close attention, you may not be aware of a remarkable exception taking place in Colorado.

Hickenlooper has options for Garcia replacement

The Colorado Statesman

With Joe Garcia's announcement this week that he will soon be stepping down as lieutenant governor, speculation has quickly turned to who Gov. John Hickenlooper will tap to fill the post.

Will the new No. 2 simply be a placeholder to serve out the term-limited administration's final three years in office? Or will the Democrat select a replacement who could use the post as a springboard to a gubernatorial run in 2018?

“The governor is completely liberated here,” said independent political analyst Eric Sondermann. “He's term-limited. He can play whatever game he wants to play.”

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Jury nullification movement in spotlight in Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

“God gives air to men; the law sells it to them.” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables