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Speech coach gives Obama high marks

By Staff

Newly sworn-in President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech earned him high marks from one local speech coach for its balance and effectiveness in conveying a theme of responsibility. Obama stumbled slightly when he took the oath of ...

Cold, crowded, but well worth it

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For Phoebe Norwood, it was the biting cold, the crush of the crowd and the diversity that engulfed her. For Cheryl DuCray, it was the hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall, singing Garth Brooks’ rendition of ...

Obama daughters now living little girls’ fantasy

By Melinda Mawdsley

The consensus among the girls of Fruitvale Girl Scout Troop 1598 was that living in the White House would be great — most of the time. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama was sworn into office, meaning his daughters Malia, 10, and ...

Comments on energy please environmentalists

By Dennis Webb

Environmentalists on Tuesday welcomed what President Obama had to say about energy issues on his first day in office, while industry officials are more focused on how he might act in weeks to come. Steve Smith, assistant regional director of ...

Salazar, 6 others confirmed for Cabinet-level posts

By Staff

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., as the next leader of the Interior Department shortly after Barack Obama took his oath of office. Salazar’s nomination was one of seven appointments the Senate approved ...

Man sentenced for repeated rape of girl

By Amy Hamilton

A 14-year-old girl who said she had been raped since she was 7 smiled broadly Tuesday when she learned her attacker, Michael Little, would spend the rest of his life behind bars. After Mesa County Judge Thomas Deister sentenced Little to 96 ...


Minister savors day for his forebears

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The great-grandson of a Virginia slave, Harry Butler watched in wonder Tuesday morning as Barack Obama took the oath of office as president of the United States. The moment, Butler said, was “a consummation.” “It shows that ...

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Coffee shop serves up inauguration rally

By Staff

Applause doesn’t usually emanate from the local coffee shop. “I was wondering why everyone was clapping,” said Peter Howe as he popped the top button of his jacket and ordered a cinnamon roll at Main Street Bagels on the ...

Locals recognize the history, but not awed with black presidency

By Staff

A point of fact: Barack Obama officially became the nation’s first black president Tuesday. “I have no problem with him being black,” said Lee Waugh, as he made his way, rolling his oxygen tank alongside, from the parking ...

Pileup closes I-70 westbound; 1 dead

By Amy Hamilton

One person is dead and at least two people hurt after a six-vehicle pileup along Interstate 70 near the Palisade exit Tuesday evening. The wreck delayed westbound traffic for hours, and authorities investigated whether a pedestrian was the ...

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