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Democratic candidate for Congress vows to bridge political divide

By Gary Harmon

Frustration with the political divide drove former state Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Crested Butte Democrat, to challenge incumbent Republican Scott Tipton of Cortez, Schwartz said Thursday. “This isn’t about partisan politics,” ...

Drillers may have to reveal plans

By Charles Ashby

Local governments would be allowed to ask oil and gas operators working in their jurisdictions what their long-range plans are when it comes to drilling, under a bill that narrowly cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. While the 34 ...

Senate OKs bill 
to speed export of natural gas

By Gary Harmon

A measure passed by the U.S. Senate would speed the handling of U.S. Department of Energy permits for the export of natural gas to nations that don’t have free-trade agreements with the United States. The provision is among several with ...


Commission: We’ll take pay raise

By Charles Ashby

Despite saying they wouldn’t accept a pay raise, Mesa County commissioners elected to give themselves and other elected officials in the county a big salary increase under a bill working its way through the Colorado Legislature this ...

Health cost study stirs little interest

By Charles Ashby

Some Front Range Republicans don’t like the idea of doing a study to see why some parts of the state have higher health care premiums than others. That’s because they are in regions of the state with relatively lower premiums ...

Legislature takes up jobs, dogs, aliens

By Charles Ashby

The terms “alien” and “illegal alien” will remain in state statutes now that a Senate committee has killed a bill to remove those references. Without debate and no testimony against it on Monday, the Senate State, ...


Republican to join race for Sen. Bennet’s seat

By Gary Harmon

National and economic security are the twin pegs on which he is anchoring his campaign for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, said Jon Keyser, a former state legislator. Keyser, a Montrose native, said he was dismayed by the vote ...

Have respect for tribes, urges panel on mascots

By Charles Ashby

Schools that use Indian symbols as their official mascots should make sure they are not derogatory to Native Americans, a governor’s commission examining the issue said Monday. After five months of examining the use of such mascots, the ...

Ex-guv, legislators clash over water bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Former Gov. Bill Owens is trying to block a measure in the Colorado Legislature that would change the rules on how groundwater rights are handled, and two local lawmakers aren’t happy about it. Calling Owens a ...


House approves bill to allow patients 
a pharmacy choice

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to allow Coloradans to go to any pharmacy they choose instead of one designated by their insurance carrier narrowly cleared the Colorado House on Thursday. While proponents of HB1361 said it was a no-brainer to give ...

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