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Bill to fund kindergarten clears Colorado House committee

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado has a law allowing the state’s 178 school districts to offer full-day kindergarten. The trouble is, the state only pays those districts the cost of half-day kindergarten, said state Rep. Jim Wilson. The Salida ...


Justman off board for river district

By Gary Harmon

Former Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca will represent Mesa County on the agency that is on the front line defending Western Slope water rights, replacing a current commissioner, John Justman. Justman cast the lone ballot Monday in ...

Tipton praises Trump for actions targeting Affordable Care Act

By Gary Harmon

President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to go slow on requirements in the Affordable Care Act won support from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Trump signed the executive order on Friday and he followed it up on Monday with executive ...


Bill would protect certain citizens’ initiatives

By Charles Ashby

Sen. Lois Court isn’t a big fan of direct democracy. As a long-time American government instructor at Red Rocks Community College, Court believes the nation is a representative democracy and, as such, voters should allow those ...


Johnston’s use of state seal ruled legal

By Charles Ashby

It’s illegal to use the state seal for political or commercial purposes. So while some critics have claimed that former state Sen. Mike Johnston, D-Denver, has violated the law by using it in a video announcement for his bid for ...

City bans burning on small parcels

By Amy Hamilton

Residents who had been fuming over Grand Junction’s residential backyard burning ordinance breathed a little easier Wednesday night. The Grand Junction City Council unanimously approved tighter controls on the burning of yard waste ...

‘Kill’ committees 
again draw fire 
in perennial rite

By Charles Ashby

In the classic 1942 movie, “Casablanca,” Capt. Louis Renault tells Humphrey Bogart that he’s “shocked, shocked” to learn that gambling is going on in the establishment Bogart’s character operates. A similar ...

DNR official named to head state energy office

By Dennis Webb

A woman currently overseeing energy and minerals for the state Department of Natural Resources will become the new executive director of the Colorado Energy Office. Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed Kathleen Staks to replace Jeff ...


Johnston poised to seek guv’s office

By Charles Ashby

Former state Sen. Mike Johnston is to announce plans later today to run for Colorado governor in 2018. Johnston, a Denver Democrat who grew up in Eagle County, served two terms in the Colorado Senate until last year, when he was barred from ...

GJ attorney Grattan to become county judge

By Gary Harmon

A Grand Junction attorney who has specialized in business law will be sworn in this month as a Mesa County judge. Michael Grattan III, a finalist for two other places on the bench, was selected by Gov. John Hickenlooper to replace Gretchen ...

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