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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 ...


Rifle City Councilman Dirk Myers dies at 61

By Charles Ashby

Rifle City Councilor Dirk Myers died Thursday of a massive heart attack in his home, Rifle officials said. He was 61. Myers, who was elected to the Rifle City Council in 2013, was a recent resident to town, previously living in Aspen and ...

Colorado adopts ‘Crowdfunding Act’

By Charles Ashby

New state rules designed to help budding entrepreneurs get the funding they need to start up their businesses without dealing with a lot of government regulations were approved Thursday, just days before the law calling for those new rules ...


Man aims to reduce distracted driving by highlighting its dangers

By Charles Ashby

Grand Junction resident Steve Katz just wants to help prevent other parents from going through the same thing he and his wife did back in 2004 when their then 18-year-old son died in an automobile accident. His son, Michael Allen Katz, died ...


McInnis to refocus political committee to advocate for Western Slope issues

By Charles Ashby

As a six-term congressman representing Colorado’s 3rd District, U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis built a campaign account that reached into the millions, spending thousands of dollars for many years not only on his own re-election campaigns, but ...

Unpaid fines in millions are red-tape mess

By Charles Ashby

The Secretary of State’s Office is owed millions of dollars in unpaid fines from numerous campaign finance accounts that it isn’t likely to collect. That’s partly because some of the accounts — several of which have ...

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