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Proposal would increase taxes on tobacco goods

By Charles Ashby

The backers of a plan to increase Colorado’s tobacco taxes to fund some health care programs submitted more than 165,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday to get the measure onto the November ballot. The ...

Drilling, fracking measures energize passionate opposition

By Charles Ashby

Coloradans may get to vote on two ballot measures this fall aimed at oil and gas drilling and the practice of hydraulic fracturing as part of those activities. One measure, known as initiative 75, would give local governments the authority to ...


Amendment 69 a budget-killer, new study says

By Charles Ashby

A proposed November ballot measure calling for a universal health care system in Colorado would cost taxpayers far more than the money it would raise, according to a new study released Monday. In a financial study on Amendment 69, the ...


Commission hopefuls at odds over pot vote

By Charles Ashby

On gun rights and economic development, four candidates for two seats on the Mesa County Board of Commissioners agreed that the first needs to be protected, and the second developed. But on one issue, they were polar opposites: whether ...


Ag issues crop up in Gardner’s tour

By Charles Ashby

He may work inside the Beltway in Washington, D.C., but U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner doesn’t want to lose touch with his agricultural base. And what better way to do that than to use his time off from Congress during its summer recess to tour ...


New Castle’s former mayor dies at age 63

By Dennis Webb

New Castle residents are mourning the death of longtime former mayor and current town council member Frank Breslin at the age of 63. Town administrator Tom Baker said in a news release that Breslin was found dead in his home Monday evening, ...

Group behind ballot measure raises $1 million

By Charles Ashby

The folks who are hoping to place a measure on this fall’s ballot to make it harder to alter the state’s Constitution want voters to know their effort is a serious one. That’s why the group, Raise The Bar–Protect Our ...

Polis donates $25K to group pushing oil, gas amendment

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

DENVER — Democratic Rep. Jared Polis has given $25,000 to a group pushing to allow local government more say over energy production. Polis gave the money to Yes for Local Control Over Oil and Gas, according to campaign finance ...


Study: Single rating area won’t cut health-care costs for Western Slope

By Charles Ashby

If Colorado were to make the entire state a single geographical rating area when it comes to helping determine health care insurance premiums, as opposed to the current nine, it could reduce costs in rural parts of the state that have seen ...


Western Slope 
gaining priority 
in state judiciary

By Gary Harmon

An effort to expand the federal judicial system on the Western Slope has taken concrete steps in the last six years, said John Walsh, the U.S. attorney for Colorado, who is stepping down next month. Walsh, whose appointment to the post was ...

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