Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 30, 20175min39
What a week it was in Colorado Politics, from the most important piece of legislation in the session dying in committee to a house explosion in Firestone that could send political shockwaves through the state Capitol for future legislative sessions. And news related to Donald Trump and Mitt Romney also made Colorado Politics headlines. These are the five […]

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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyApril 30, 20175min37

Colorado will receive $7.8 million in federal grant money to help battle opioid abuse in the state, as part of a landmark medical research bill signed late last year. The 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law late last year, boosted funding for medical research and accelerated the development and approval process of medical treatments. The act promised some $1 billion in federal funding to help battle the opioid abuse epidemic across the country.



The Denver PostApril 30, 20171min150

President Donald Trump’s administration will spend the next 120 days reviewing every large national monument designation made since 1996. An estimated 24 sites will fall under review.

That’s a laughably short time to review the merits, uses and boundaries of national monuments, some of which have been in place for 20 years protecting unique geological formations and historic relics from development.

However, that’s not to say that a thorough review, done over time in an effort to balance protecting important archaeological sites while allowing responsible recreation and development, couldn’t be worthwhile.

Read more at The Denver Post.



Steamboat TodayApril 30, 20172min110

We were encouraged this month to read that the top two executives of Aspen Skiing Company went out of their way to send an indirect message to the Steamboat Springs community saying they value Steamboat’s unique local character, just as they value the way the individual cultures of communities up and down the Roaring Fork Valley have informed their resort through the years and even set it apart from competitors.

Significantly, Aspen Skiing Company Chief Executive Officer Mike Kaplan and Chief Operating Officer David Perry said, “We’ll promote our way of doing business, but without any expectation that our new sister resorts should abandon any of their own unique attributes of culture and place. Quite the opposite, actually,” their note read. “We’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of how the valley’s longstanding sense of character and place informs Aspen Skiing Company’s product and values, as we have entered into a partnership to acquire other ski areas.”

The message appeared on the company’s website in the context of a season-ending thank-you to the Aspen community. And while we’re a bit mystified why they don’t seem to have reached out directly to the Steamboat community, as well as those of its sibling Intrawest resorts and that of Mammoth, Calif., it’s a positive message for everyone who lives in Routt County, second property owners here and loyal Steamboat vacationers.

Read more at Steamboat Today.



The Pueblo ChieftainApril 30, 20171min412

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Apparently no one told Joyce Rankin that she is OUR representative (the 3rd Congressional District) on the Colorado State Board of Education. Because when it came time to fight for Pueblo City Schools (D60) this past week, she led the attack against us.

It all happened this past Monday when a D60 team went before the board in Denver to present its plans for three troubled schools. Then the knives came out, and the lead samurai was Rankin.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.



Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 30, 20175min34
The news is surprising, so maybe that’s why the Independence Institute released a new poll on Coloradans’ disdain for new taxes at 5:02 p.m. on a Friday. Usually that’s when politicos release news they hope the media ignores. I have no life, however. Are you ready for this? Coloradans by nearly 2 to 1 want […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 30, 20176min35
The politics of a sanctuary city is a slippery beast. We’ve seen that in Washington. We’ve seen it in Texas, and we’ve seen it for months at the Capitol in Denver. The down-and-up struggle in the statehouse comes to close Wednesday when the 2-to-1 Democratic majority on a House committee puts Senate Bill 281 out of commission. Notice […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 29, 20178min100
There’s are a lot of good reasons why they don’t call it global warming anymore, and Saturday revealed a good one as snow fell on downtown Denver’s People’s Climate March. Denver’s march on climate change was one of dozens across the country to protest President Trump’s climate change policies and deep cuts into regulatory agencies. Even the Western regional […]

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Joey BunchJoey BunchApril 29, 20176min41
Don’t tell state Rep. Pete Lee he might be soft on crime, just because he’s driven a truckload of legislation to keep people out from behind bars the past seven years. The Colorado Springs Democrat gives a gentle snort to the suggestion of soft. “Restorative justice programs are not soft on crime,” he said of the […]

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Peter MarcusApril 29, 20178min31
Three days before Christmas, Denver manufacturing entrepreneur and civic leader Noel Ginsburg announced a run for governor on the Democratic ticket. It was unusual. It seemed bizarre for a candidate to announce in the height of the holiday season, during a black hole for news coverage, and two weeks before the end of a fundraising […]

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