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John Hickenlooper

Guv calls
 for rules
 change on fuel wells

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants the state to make some changes when it comes to abandoned wells and the flowlines that extend out of them. Responding to April’s explosion of a home near Firestone that killed two people, Hickenlooper on ...


Tipton briefed on opioid center

By Gary Harmon

Plans for a center in Grand Junction that would treat people suffering from opioid abuse got a vote of support from U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., who said he would seek backing for the project. Tipton visited with officials from the ...


Sales-tax revenue in Mesa County up 4th straight month

By Gary Harmon

Sales tax revenues for Mesa County jumped for the fourth-consecutive month in July, suggesting that the Grand Valley economy might be turning a corner. More than $2.7 million in sales-tax money flowed into the county’s coffers in July, ...


Bennet bill aims to offset coal bust

By Dennis Webb

Six Colorado counties would be among 90 nationwide that would benefit from legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to assist communities struggling economically due to the slowdown in the coal mining industry. Bennet, D-Colo., last ...


Scott: Bicycle tax reaction also criticizes rider behavior

By Dennis Webb

As state Sen. Ray Scott continues to marvel at the level of response to his suggestion that Colorado consider a tax on bikes, it’s also focusing his attention on other issues such as the level of cyclist compliance with rules of the ...


Filing fees vex business group, secretary of state

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office and the National Federation of Independent Business both have asked the Colorado Supreme Court to look into whether business filing fees used to fund state elections is a violation of the ...

Filings show who’s gaining traction in guv’s race

By Charles Ashby

There may be two dozen candidates in the race for governor, but less than half of them are bothering to raise money, according to second-quarter campaign finance reports. Not counting the $3 million loan that Republican Victor Mitchell put ...

Reiner: Vote, 
don’t panic over 
federal inquiry

By Charles Ashby

Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner is trying to encourage voters not to panic. Any information the state might turn over to President Donald Trump’s elections integrity commission already is a matter of public record, and is routinely seen ...


GOP candidate to run for treasurer

By Charles Ashby

The race to be the Republican Party’s nominee for Colorado treasurer got tighter Tuesday with the entrance of state Rep. Polly Lawrence, R-Parker. Lawrence came to the Western Slope to make that announcement because she’s tired of ...

Libertarian wants end to governments’ ability to profit from fines

By Charles Ashby

When the Colorado Legislature proposed and the governor later signed a bill limiting law enforcement’s use of civil asset forfeiture laws, police, prosecutors and even some county commissioners hit the roof. They all said they needed ...

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