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Officials ask 
feds: Leave 
Ancients park alone

By Gary Harmon

Two Colorado Republicans want President Donald Trump to leave the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado alone as the administration examines other monuments. Canyons of the Ancients is an example of what the 1906 ...


Legislators make pitch for rural broadband

By Gary Harmon

It could be better to devote more money to extending broadband to the farthest reaches of Colorado, rather than directing billions of dollars to road projects that don’t actually improve roads, state Rep. Yeulin Willett said ...


Guv signs law calling for utility bill transparency

By Charles Ashby

Utility customers soon will get a lot more details about how they are using electricity and natural gas and what it’s costing them. A bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday requires investor-owned utilities such as Xcel Energy ...


Mesa County moves to beef up building inspection

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County shifted two jobs on Monday to clear the way to add two spots to the building department to meet increasing demands from new construction. The new jobs are in response to the county’s finding that it hadn’t revised its ...


Work stops for advisers to BLM

By Dennis Webb

Western Coloradans tasked with speaking their minds to the federal Bureau of Land Management about the issues the agency faces have generally gotten the silent treatment from the government about why their work has been put on hold. The ...


McInnis: Sales tax increase necessary

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis pitched a still-to-be-drafted tax increase to skeptical Republicans on Friday, saying that it would take the taxes from 8,400 new homes each year to replace the revenues lost to the departure of the ...


Guv signs bills aimed at keeping mental health patients out of jail

By Charles Ashby

Rural jails won’t have to keep mental health patients for very long under a bill signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper this week. That measure, SB207, is the result of long discussions prompted by a governor’s veto last year. The ...


No special session, Hickenlooper says

By Charles Ashby

It’s taken Gov. John Hickenlooper nine days to announce what most others in the Statehouse already knew. There won’t be a special session. The day after the 2017 session ended May 11, Hickenlooper said that while he thought it was ...


Mesa County board, senator at odds over asset-forfeiture bill

By Gary Harmon

Mesa County wants Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill the commissioners said would hamstring law enforcement in rural areas by limiting civil forfeiture actions. The bill, HB 1313, prohibits seizing agencies from receiving ...


Ray Scott, Chris Holbert

Capitol consensus: Parties tout legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Troopers, transportation, transparency in government, oh, and dance halls and Pueblo chili. From the serious to the inane, the Colorado Legislature managed to accomplish much during the 2017 session that ended last week despite ...


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