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Off to the races? Amendment 68 could help Mesa County economy

By Charles Ashby

A measure on this year’s ballot to create up to three casinos with horse racetracks in Colorado could become an economic boon to the Grand Valley, at least if local racehorse trainer Mark Schultz has anything to say about it. Amendment ...

State buys wildfire spotting aircraft

By Charles Ashby

The state is now the owner of two aircraft that it will use to spot and report wildfires, the Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control announced Monday. The division signed a contract with Centennial-based Sierra Nevada, Corp., a ...

Tipton calls for security of borders

By Gary Harmon

Frustration with illegal immigration dominated a town hall in which U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., met with about 30 people in Fruita. “There isn’t one of us who doesn’t recognize the humanitarian tragedy” in the ...


Congressional challenger Tapia touts cross-party cooperation

By Gary Harmon

Former state Sen. Abel Tapia, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., pitched himself as being able to work on both sides of the political aisle on Monday. Tapia, who most recently served four years as executive director of ...


State high court prevents Stapleton from looking at PERA records

By Charles Ashby

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected State Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s appeal in his case to get more information from the state’s largest public employee pension system, and he’s not happy about it. Stapleton said ...

State treasurer challenger defends PERA

By Charles Ashby

The state’s treasurer isn’t working full time, is hardly transparent with how he runs his office, doesn’t offer much innovation to the job and is rarely available to state officials and the public, his Democratic opponent ...


Secretary of state hopefuls promise county clerk collaboration

By Greg Ruland

Speaking to the group he quit in 2012 after a disagreement over mail-in ballots, Republican El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams told the Colorado County Clerks Association on Monday that if elected secretary of state in November, ...


Rep. Scott limits self to 2 debates; his foe is critical

By Charles Ashby

Rep. Ray Scott announced on his Facebook page Thursday that he will appear in just two debates in his bid for Senate District 7, drawing ire from his Democratic opponent. The Grand Junction Republican said demands of his businesses, ...

Opponents organize campaign 
to defeat ‘personhood’ measure

By Charles Ashby

A group opposing the proposed personhood amendment launched its campaign Tuesday, saying it hoped that three times would be the charm to squash the idea once and for all. The idea of defining an unborn child as a person has been rejected by ...

Guv touts business leaders in his camp

By Charles Ashby

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s re-election campaign Tuesday trotted out a new group of what the Democratic governor calls a bipartisan coalition of business leaders from across the state who support his bid for a second term. But while the ...

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