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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsDecember 2, 20178min617
With Republicans dreaming of a tax bill in their stockings by the holidays, business leaders are still hoping for a clean Dream Act by Christmas. And so are the immigrants shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But Colorado business leaders are still optimistic Congress will pass the bipartisan Dream Act, […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsNovember 5, 20179min904
Former Obama field organizer and state legislative policy analyst Dylan Roberts wasn’t planning to jump back into politics after he got his law degree from the University of Colorado and landed a job as a deputy district attorney in Eagle County. Then Trump happened. “I was going to take a break from politics for a […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsOctober 18, 201711min1016
When Eagle County Public Health and Environment director Chris Lindley moved up to the Vail Valley from Denver a few months ago, he was stunned to learn his new home doesn’t have a single bed for people dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. “Being new to the county and coming up here from […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsSeptember 6, 201712min563
Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan spent more than a decade working for the Colorado Department of Public Health before entering politics, but the job change hasn’t meant much of subject change as she continues to focus intensely on runaway healthcare and insurance costs in the mountain-resort communities she represents. “People on the individual market have […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsAugust 30, 20179min411
Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner on Thursday told the Rocky Mountain Post that cybersecurity is a largely underreported topic in the state despite its potential to make Colorado a national and even international leader in one of the fastest growing tech sectors. “The issue of cybersecurity doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves, but is […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsDecember 30, 201615min413

Despite a growing list of climate change doubters and fossil fuel industry supporters and executives comprising the list of Trump administration cabinet nominees, Democratic Colorado lawmakers and environmentalists are hopeful the state’s clean energy economy and outdoor recreation industry can continue to thrive. Mostly, though, there’s a growing sense of dread from the conservation community as President-elect Donald Trump picks people like Republican Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke for the post of Interior Secretary, former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. Oil and gas industry representatives, meanwhile, are eagerly looking forward to Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20. About a third of Colorado is owned by the federal government and managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service. Coal mining and oil and gas companies have for the past eight years of the Obama administration lamented environmental regulations perceived as hurdles to energy production on public lands.