Charles covers state and local politics and the Colorado Legislature.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1986.
Charles has worked in newspapers across Colorado and in a handful of other states since graduating from college, but has covered politics and the Legislature in Colorado since 1997, working at the State Capitol Building in Denver for various daily newspapers in the state. Now he lives in Grand Junction, but still goes to Denver during the legislative session.
Charles is an unaffiliated voter who has never been registered in a political party since he became eligible to vote.
Fines against a Meeker Republican who ran for governor in 2014 have nearly tripled since the start of the year for … more
The Colorado Supreme Court denied an appeal last week to declare that a 2009 fee approved by the Colorado … more
Reports of a poor cherry harvest in the North Fork Valley are a bit exaggerated, the organizer of the 69th Paonia … more
Nine people are vying for the opportunity to replace Marcia Neal on the State Board of Education. … more
The Community Food Bank is looking for a new home. … more
The Mesa Land Trust has secured another piece of ranch land for permanent protection from development, the … more
Several new laws went into effect on Wednesday, including one that makes manufacturing marijuana concentrate … more
For nearly two decades, Joe O’Connor has been running the Grand Junction Lions Club’s Eyeglasses … more
A lawsuit challenging whether the voter-approved Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights violates the U.S. Constitution by … more
A 15-year-old Clifton teen pleaded guilty to manslaughter Monday in the shooting death of his best friend, but his … more
Starting Wednesday, a new law will go into effect that will require people in certain jobs to report suspected … more
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling upholding same-sex couples’ right to marry had gay rights … more
Mesa, Garfield and Montrose counties will receive the most in federal PILT payments in the state again this year, … more
The state’s largest public employee pension plan saw a 5.7 percent rate of return on its investments last … more
It’s too early to know if a delegation of western Coloradans to a recent business conference in Canada will … more
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State Sen. Ellen Roberts will not seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate next year, the Durango Republican … more
Rep. Dan Thurlow was fined $1,080 last week for making errors on his campaign finance reports to the Colorado … more
Nurse anesthetists and physician anesthesiologists have been arguing the wrong legal question all along, the … more
It’s not uncommon for state legislators to find themselves ranked by one special-interest group or another … more