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Carleton discusses EPA updates to emissions, ozone standards

The Colorado Statesman

Even while dealing with the wastewater spill on the Animas River, the EPA is preparing for the rollout of updated standards on carbon emissions and ground-level ozone.

It’s an issue that brought Ron Carleton, EPA’s counselor to the administrator for agricultural policy, to Denver this week.

Carleton spoke to The Colorado Statesman about the updates, and the Obama administration’s new Clean Power Plan, which was finalized on Aug. 3.

UPDATE: Hickenlooper swigs river water as slow recovery from EPA spill begins

Durango blindsided by EPA's accidental toxic spill into Animas River
The Colorado Statesman

AUG. 13 UPDATE: There may be nothing that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper won’t drink to prove a point, including the previously neon-orange water from the Animas River.

A day before EPA administrator Gina McCarthy announced that toxicology tests show the water quality has returned to pre-contamination levels, Hickenlooper dipped his water bottle into the Animas and took several swigs in response to a request from the Durango Herald, which filmed the event.

Guest Columnist

Colorado at legal epicenter for business issues

Three down, one big one to go
Special to The Colorado Statesman

Three down and one to go.

Nicolais: Real justice at risk of being sacrificed to mob rule

The Colorado Statesman

“The mob is the mother of tyrants.” – Diogenes

As true today as it was in the Greek philosopher’s time 2,500 years ago, the exponential increase in communication during the digital age has created an environment where instances of mob justice occur almost weekly. The growing prevalence threatens to undermine the formal judicial system.

Israel consul general urges no vote on Iran nuclear deal, Colo Dems remain undecided

The Colorado Statesman

With congressional Democrats still on the fence, Colorado’s pro-Israel community is making the case against President Obama’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, saying it will increase rather than reduce the chances of war.

JEWISHcolorado sponsored a teleconference Tuesday with David Siegel, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, who warned that the deal will be dangerous for Israel by helping Iran become a nuclear-weapons power in the long run.

VA Secretary, House VA Committee chair speak in Denver on Aurora hospital 'crisis'

The Colorado Statesman

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and House Veterans Affairs Committee chair Jeff Miller are both committed to finishing the long-delayed VA medical center in Aurora, but getting to that last $604 million is proving tricky.

The top federal VA bigwigs came together for two hours before a packed crowd Monday at the Disabled American Veterans national convention at the Denver Sheraton Downtown, and while they didn’t always see eye to eye, those anticipating a brawl were disappointed.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Trump paving the way to elect another Reagan


I would encourage my fellow liberty lovers to think of Donald Trump’s recent campaign tactics as showing up to play chess rather than simply agreeing to cooperate with the smirking carnies and their milk-bottle-toss game.

States in Play

GOP presidential debate: Colorado's in for a real treat

The Colorado Statesman

The University of Colorado and CNBC will serve as hosts for a Republican presidential primary debate in Boulder on Oct. 28. Colorado Statesman contributor Lars Gesing was in Cleveland on Thursday to watch the frenzy unfold around the first GOP debate.

CLEVELAND — Rosemary Flury sits on the patio of the Erie Island Coffee shop on Cleveland’s East 4th Street, where hip and trendy restaurants, watering holes, coffee shops and indie boutiques usually welcome casual strollers. Not today. The 2016 presidential election cosmos and its media entourage have descended upon Cleveland.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Cannabis tourism industry faces big challenges, promising future


The marijuana tourism industry is a burgeoning one with great potential because of its recent legalization. (See “Expert: Cannabis industry has arrived,” in the Aug. 7 Colorado Statesman.) As the negative stigmas associated with marijuana use fade away, just about every tourist visiting Colorado and the other legalized states now curiously enters recreational marijuana storefronts to see what might catch his or her fancy. People who haven’t used marijuana in years, or sometimes never before, are now putting their inhibitions aside to try cannabis. Because of the overwhelming array of edibles, tinctures, topicals, and even transdermal patches available. people don’t even have to smoke to partake in the festivities. However, with marijuana moving into more industrialized facilities for massive-scale production, it is important that consumers seek out organically grown, pesticide-free marijuana that is cultivated with the end user in mind.