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State treasurer discusses issues beyond his office

By Charles Ashby

Sounding more like a gubernatorial candidate than a state treasurer, Walker Stapleton had a lot to say about state government during a Grand Junction visit on Thursday. Stapleton, who’s widely expected to vie for the GOP nomination for ...

Campaign launched for pot tax to fund schools

By Charles Ashby

The campaign effort to get Coloradans to approve the only statewide measure on this year’s ballot went live last week, and the man behind it is hoping voters take the time to understand why a third marijuana question is before ...

Coffman applauds water-rule injunction

By Dennis Webb

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is cheering a ruling blocking implementation of new federal water-protection rules in numerous states — a ruling she participated in seeking. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday granted ...


Outgoing commissioner Doug Aden worried about upkeep of road system

By Charles Ashby

For nearly two decades, Doug Aden hasn’t taken his eyes off the road. But the retired banker and longtime Grand Junction resident decided it finally was time to do so, officially ending his 18-year stint on the Colorado Transportation ...


Attorneys general tour spill site

By Charles Ashby

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is being asked a lot of questions about what happened when about 3 million gallons of wastewater was accidentally released from an abandoned mine near Silverton earlier this month, sending an orange ...

Rankin joins state education board

By Charles Ashby

When Joyce Rankin was an elementary school teacher and later a principal, the Carbondale Republican saw some of the same issues that continue to be topics of concern today. Now as the newest member of the Colorado State Board of Education, ...

Fiscal impact tied 
to ballot measures

By Charles Ashby

As a college professor of American government and political science, Denver Democrat Lois Court had tried several ways to get voters to take what they agree to place on the ballot more seriously. As a state representative, however, ...

New law on DUIs in effect

By Charles Ashby

Colorado’s new felony driving under the influence law takes effect today, with Mesa County’s top prosecutor promising to enforce it often and a Grand Junction resident who pushed hard for its passage vowing to strengthen the law in ...


Bringing the law to bear

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Yeulin Willett can’t stop thinking about bears. As an avid mountain bike rider and outdoorsman, the Grand Junction Republican is concerned that the furry creatures with big claws are spending too much time in areas inhabited by ...


New law to give officials 30 percent raise in 2019

By Charles Ashby

A slew of new laws will go into effect in Colorado this week, including one that will increase the pay for nearly every elected state and county official. While those pay raises won’t kick in until 2019 because state law prohibits ...

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