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Governor seeks Supreme Court opinion on attorney general's EPA lawsuit

The Colorado Statesman

Environmentalists and pro fossil-fuel groups predictably reacted with equal parts elation and disgust Monday after Gov. John Hickenlooper told the Denver Post editorial board he plans to seek a Colorado Supreme Court opinion on the legality of Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s decision to sue the EPA over its Clean Power Plan.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Climate change takes toll on mountain towns


Just last week, the mayor of Durango, mayor of Nederland, a councilman from Jackson, Wyo., and other local elected officials joined The Mountain Pact for a tour of 2013 flooding in downtown Estes Park. Estes Park Town Administrator Frank Lancaster led the group through the downtown, where, in September 2013, three days of flooding filled the streets with water and debris.

Guest Commentary

Hill: Colorado connectivity and tech sector threats

If the ITC continues to be a popular venue for litigants' abuse of intellectual property rights through the unwarranted threat of exclusion orders, it may be time to consider a legislative fix
Guest Contributor

With a rapidly growing tech sector, Colorado is an innovative leader among states with advances in smart grid technology, and abundant opportunity for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals and graduates. Policymakers have partnered with business leaders to attract new high tech investment and the jobs it provides.

Guest Commentary

Sisson: Jeb Bush deserves Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation mantle

Guest Contributor

In 1905, Gifford Pinchot, the father of American forestry, opened his seminal book The Use of the National Forest Reserves with, “The timber, water, pasture, mineral, and other resources of the forest reserves are for the use of the people. They may be obtained under reasonable conditions, without delay. Legitimate improvements and business enterprises will be encouraged. Forest reserves are open to all persons for all lawful purposes.”

News from Yesteryear

McPherson eulogized as loving husband, father; Spanish-surnamed voters hold ‘balance of power’

The Colorado Statesman

Fifteen Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … State Rep. Gary McPherson, R-Aurora, who died when the small plane he was piloting crashed in British Columbia, was eulogized as a loving husband and father and “a gentleman who always had a smile on his face.” Gov. Bill Owens recalled how he had introduced McPherson and his wife-to-be, Shelley, the governor’s executive assistant.

Republican Balmer planning to step down from Senate seat

Veteran Arapahoe County lawmaker plans to take job with Humane Society Legislative Fund
The Colorado Statesman

Republican state Sen. David Balmer will soon resign from office to spend more time with ailing family members and to start a new career opportunity, the Centennial lawmaker told The Colorado Statesman on Friday.

Balmer, who is well regarded for his animal welfare legislation at the Capitol, will work as the political director of state campaigns for the Humane Society Legislative Fund. The fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit wing of the Humane Society.

Hickenlooper, Coffman at odds over lawsuit challenging EPA's Clean Power Plan

Attorney general addresses accusations about influence of energy industry
The Colorado Statesman

Friday’s 24-state lawsuit seeking to block the EPA’s Clean Power Plan underscored a rift between Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who on the same day brushed aside accusations her decisions are influenced by the fossil fuel industry.

“We do not support this lawsuit,” Hickenlooper said in an email statement to The Colorado Statesman. “Clean air and protecting public health should be everyone's top priority. Colorado's interest is best served by an open, inclusive process to implement the Clean Power Plan.”

Guest Commentary

Webb: Congress needs to stop the political witch-hunt on Benghazi

Instead, finally focus on gun violence at home
Guest Contributor

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton spent 12 hours being grilled about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state with no new information revealed and the majority of Americans polled agreeing the whole “investigation” by Republicans is politically motivated.

And while this witch-hunt is costing taxpayers millions, Congress continues to ignore the 33,000 gun deaths yearly, including the mass shootings in our public schools, college campuses and theaters. Where is the committee investigating those deaths?

Wars brewing again over allowing grocery stores to sell full-strength wine and beer

The Colorado Statesman

Supporters of an effort to allow grocery store sales of full-strength beer and wine are taking another shot at persuading voters or the Colorado General Assembly to change the state’s post-Prohibition laws.

An organization called Your Choice Colorado launched the first salvo Tuesday, announcing a campaign to change the law. The next day, an organization called Keep Colorado Local, representing mom-and-pop liquor stores and craft breweries, fired back.

Dobbs: Middle East becoming more complex, less predictable

The Colorado Statesman

Greg Dobbs says the Middle East has changed a great deal since he covered the region for ABC News, and not necessarily for the better.

The now-retired Dobbs, an international correspondent for 10 of his 23 years with the network, shared his analysis of the current climate and anecdotes from his time in the field Monday with students at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.