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DA takes federal prosecutor job

By Paul Shockley

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger will leave office later this year — the third year of his final term — to head up the Grand Junction branch of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, The Daily Sentinel has learned. Hautzinger, along ...

Proposed rule change aimed at preventing ‘ballot harvesting’

By Charles Ashby

Although there was never any evidence that it happened, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office is considering a new rule designed to prevent so-called ballot harvesting in future elections. The proposed rule calls for county clerks to ...

Study: PERA insolvency issue a serious one

By Charles Ashby

Dueling reports released Monday showed that while the state’s largest public employee pension system has a positive impact on the state’s economy, the pension is in great jeopardy. The Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement ...

Neal reveals 
atmosphere, quits education board

By Charles Ashby

Colorado State Board of Education Chairwoman Marcia Neal announced Thursday that she will resign effective July 31, ripping into the panel on her way out the door. The 81-year-old Republican cited failing health as the reason for her ...

Local legislator considers bid for U.S. Senate

By Charles Ashby

Durango Sen. Ellen Roberts is still considering putting her name in the ring for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate despite criticisms she faced last week over her stance on abortion issues. Roberts, whose district includes Montrose ...

Lawmakers discuss successes, failures in Legislature

By Charles Ashby

State lawmakers made some progress on helping western Colorado recover its economies, but more can be done, two local legislators said Monday. Reps. Dan Thurlow and Yeulin Willett, Grand Junction Republicans who represent Mesa and parts of ...

Mike Coffman

GOP official won’t challenge Bennet

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, whose district includes Aurora, announced Monday he will not seek the Republican Party nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in his re-election bid next year. Coffman, who’s serving his third term in ...

Repeat DUI offenders will be charged as felons

By Charles Ashby

Motorists who receive their fourth conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol will be charged as a felon under a bill signed into law Monday. The measure, HB1043, makes it a Class 4 felony to get more than three convictions for ...

Bernie Buescher joins Keystone Policy Center

By Gary Harmon

Former Colorado Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has joined the Keystone Policy Center, as a senior policy affiliate. Buescher, a Grand Junction resident, most recently served as a deputy to Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and as a ...


Freshman lawmaker no fan of party politics

By Charles Ashby

Yeulin Willett learned a lot in his freshman year in the Colorado Legislature. Mostly, though, the Grand Junction Republican learned how to be an effective legislator, even though he has little to no power. As a new member of the minority ...

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