Erin PraterErin PraterOctober 3, 20171min660

Normally, the Colorado Rockies making the Major League Baseball playoffs would be cause for celebration. It’s a big deal because it’s a rare feat. Usually by October, Colorado sports fans have turned their full attention to the Broncos because the Rockies have fallen out of contention. But this year, the Rox celebrated their first playoff appearance in eight years after the Milwaukee Brewers were mathematically eliminated on Saturday. The players sprayed champagne in the clubhouse after losing a meaningless game to the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.


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Erin PraterErin PraterSeptember 26, 20176min3260

The American flag and national anthem were sacred symbols of hope for pioneering black civil rights leaders who fought for racial justice. Five months before giving his patriotic "I Have a Dream" speech in August 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led marchers 54 miles from Selma, Ala., to the state capitol in Montgomery. The march helped forge the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


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Erin PraterErin PraterSeptember 18, 20172min2280

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar received the Patriot Award this weekend at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s annual convention in Pueblo.

Also honored Saturday at the Pueblo Convention Center were New York Times best-selling author Jeff Shaara, who received the Bob Hope Excellence in Entertainment Award; Fox News host and President George W. Bush-era White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, who received the “Tex” McCray Excellence in Journalism Award; and El Pomar Foundation CEO and Chairman William Hybl, a former U.S. congressman, who received the Distinguished Citizen Award.

The society is comprised of Medal of Honor recipients and “is perhaps the most exclusive organization in our country,” according to its website. “It is certainly one of the most unique. Its small membership includes men of all races, social classes and economic levels. They range in stature from 5’2″ to 6’7″, in age from 27 to 96, and they live in all areas of our country. No amount of money, power or influence can buy one’s rite of passage to this exclusive circle, and unlike almost any other organization, this group’s members hope that there will be no more inductees.”

As noted on the event’s website, Salazar, in 1998, became the first Hispanic elected to Colorado office when he assumed the role of attorney general. He served as a U.S. senator from 2005-2009, and interior secretary under former President Barack Obama from 2009-2013.

“Mr. Salazar led the nation’s efforts on conservation, including the creation of 10 National Parks and 10 National Conversation and Wildlife Refuges, and organized more than 100 other conservation and preservation projects in the United States,” his biography on the society’s website notes.


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Erin PraterErin PraterSeptember 18, 20173min2300

If those Facebook memes proclaiming Christmas a mere 14 Saturdays away make you cringe, you just might hate this.

Alas, it’s not our job to pick and choose what we report. So here it is: The 2017 holiday ornament from the Governor’s Residence is now available for order.

The commemorative ornament, “Wishing Well,” was created by Denver’s Whitney Designs and is ninth in a series, according to a Sept. 14 email from a PR firm promoting its sale. Made of brass and “hand-finished in sparkling 24-karat gold,” it will set you back $30 plus shipping and handling, which you won’t incur if you purchase it at the residence during free holiday tours in December.

A bit of background on the ornament’s inspiration is sure to delight history buffs:

Few changes were made to the elegant mansion on Eighth Avenue when Claude and Edna Boettcher purchased it other than redecorating and refurnishing. The main architectural alteration was the enlargement of the room known as the Palm Room in 1926, to provide a place for entertaining at the Governor’s Residence.  Included in the addition was a half-moon shaped room to the right which was filled with palms and other tropical plants to accentuate its beautiful white marble. In the center of the sunken room is a historic century old white marble wellhead which came from Florence, Italy with cherub and floral garland motifs in haut relief under a bronzed metal arched trellis with a jardiniere bucket. It took the Boettchers five years of historical research and negotiation to get it to America. The Mansion Wishing Well is encircled by lovely patterned terrazzo flooring in shades of pastel green and rose.

Visitors to the Mansion delight in many extraordinary objects and pieces of art throughout the home that the Boettchers acquired but the Wishing Well is often mentioned as a highlight by guests to the Mansion.

Ornaments from past years have included “Boettcher Mansion,” “White House Chandelier,” “Governor’s Garden” and “Garden Gazebo.” Those that have not sold out are available here, at the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund website, though the email states that the entire collection may be purchased for $270.

All proceeds go to the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, “an inclusive, non-partisan 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving the historic Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion in perpetuity for the people of Colorado to enjoy.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas ….


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Erin PraterErin PraterSeptember 15, 20171min6760

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid will appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday — the next step in her journey to potential confirmation to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

If confirmed, Eid will take the spot formerly held by now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed in April.

The hearing is slated to begin at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday. Video will be available here, on the committee’s website.

As Colorado Politics previously reported, President Trump had eyed Eid for the Supreme Court vacancy that eventually went to Gorsuch.

Highly regarded in right-leaning legal circles, Eid is a former law professor at the University of Colorado. She’s married to Troy Eid, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado who had been appointed by President George W. Bush.

Eid previously served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Colorado Politics reporter Dan Njegomir contributed to this report.