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Lawmakers discuss successes, failures in Legislature

By Charles Ashby

State lawmakers made some progress on helping western Colorado recover its economies, but more can be done, two local legislators said Monday. Reps. Dan Thurlow and Yeulin Willett, Grand Junction Republicans who represent Mesa and parts of ...


Mike Coffman

GOP official won’t challenge Bennet

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, whose district includes Aurora, announced Monday he will not seek the Republican Party nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his re-election bid next year. Coffman, who’s serving his third term in ...


Repeat DUI offenders will be charged as felons

By Charles Ashby

Motorists who receive their fourth conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol will be charged as a felon under a bill signed into law Monday. The measure, HB1043, makes it a Class 4 felony to get more than three convictions for ...


Bernie Buescher joins Keystone Policy Center

By Gary Harmon

Former Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has joined the Keystone Policy Center, as a senior policy affiliate. Buescher, a Grand Junction resident, most recently served as a deputy to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and as a ...


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Freshman lawmaker no fan of party politics

By Charles Ashby

Yeulin Willett learned a lot in his freshman year in the Colorado Legislature. Mostly, though, the Grand Junction Republican learned how to be an effective legislator, even though he has little to no power. As a new member of the minority ...


Governor Hickenlooper yet to sign DUI felony bill

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper still is in bill-signing mode, having put his pen to numerous measures approved during the legislative session that ended earlier this month. But while the Democratic governor has repeatedly said he favors a new law ...


Law advances 
state’s ability 
to fight fires

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed more bills into law on Wednesday, including one aimed at helping the state better fight wildfires. That measure, HB1129, is designed to go hand-in-hand with last year’s new law creating an aerial ...


Take tough stance on guarding water, 
Rep. Coram urges

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Don Coram wants the Western Slope to get tough when it comes to water. In fact, the Montrose Republican told members of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that this side of the Continental Divide should consider pulling ...


Guv spares no ink, as he signs bills into laws

By Charles Ashby

The 2015 session of the Colorado Legislature may be over, but the job of legislating isn’t, as Gov. John Hickenlooper continues to sign bills enacted over the 120-day session. Over the past week, the governor toured parts of the Western ...


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Bill addresses ‘tale of two states’

By Charles Ashby

It will take many months before the benefits of a bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday will bear fruit, but state and local officials are hopeful that will be the result — and soon. The bill the governor came to Grand ...


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