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‘Racino’ spot misleading, say measure’s foes

By Charles Ashby

The opponents of a ballot measure to expand gambling to racehorse tracks complained about — and got some results over — a television spot featuring a Grand Junction resident. In the commercial, Grand Junction resident Duke ...

Fair funding for District 51 concerns House District 55 candidate Kennedy

By Rachel Sauer

It’s time to “set the table a little more fairly when it comes to public education,” Chris Kennedy said Thursday night. At an open forum on public education Thursday night, Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for Colorado ...

King removed from legislative panel

By Charles Ashby

Embattled state Sen. Steve King was replaced as a member and chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee nearly a month ago, but Senate Republicans didn’t tell anyone about the change despite felony charges facing the Grand Junction ...

State fund for retirees is healthy

By Charles Ashby

The state’s largest public employee pension system passed its annual financial checkup with flying colors last week. A state audit of the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association, which holds and manages pensions for just about ...


Off to the races? Amendment 68 could help Mesa County economy

By Charles Ashby

A measure on this year’s ballot to create up to three casinos with horse racetracks in Colorado could become an economic boon to the Grand Valley, at least if local racehorse trainer Mark Schultz has anything to say about it. Amendment ...

State buys wildfire spotting aircraft

By Charles Ashby

The state is now the owner of two aircraft that it will use to spot and report wildfires, the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control announced Monday. The division signed a contract with Centennial-based Sierra Nevada, Corp., a ...

Tipton calls for security of borders

By Gary Harmon

Frustration with illegal immigration dominated a town hall in which U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., met with about 30 people in Fruita. “There isn’t one of us who doesn’t recognize the humanitarian tragedy” in the ...


Congressional challenger Tapia touts cross-party cooperation

By Gary Harmon

Former state Sen. Abel Tapia, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., pitched himself as being able to work on both sides of the political aisle on Monday. Tapia, who most recently served four years as executive director of ...


State high court prevents Stapleton from looking at PERA records

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected State Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s appeal in his case to get more information from the state’s largest public employee pension system, and he’s not happy about it. Stapleton said ...

State treasurer challenger defends PERA

By Charles Ashby

The state’s treasurer isn’t working full time, is hardly transparent with how he runs his office, doesn’t offer much innovation to the job and is rarely available to state officials and the public, his Democratic opponent ...

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