The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Editorial Board, Author at Colorado Politics

October 7, 20171min1790

Members of Congress are quickly galvanizing around the idea of banning “bump stocks” — a firearm accessory that helped the Las Vegas gunman inflict maximum carnage on the music festival crowd he fired into.

October 4, 20171min1070

One of the sad realities of surviving the Great Recession is that all of the belt-tightening that took place during the lean years simply created a backlog of deferred maintenance costs that are coming due just when revenue projections for local government entities are beginning to take on a rosier hue.

October 2, 20171min1480

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was in Beijing on Saturday to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss how to contend with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, as well as trade and investment. Tillerson’s trip provided an opportunity for the media to focus, if only momentarily, on the biggest issue getting the least amount of coverage under the Trump administration. President Donald Trump generates a massive amount of news. Look at the past week: national anthem protests, the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, a Trump-backed Senate candidate’s loss in a GOP primary in Alabama, mounting criticism over the federal government’s response to the hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico ... The president had something to say about all of them, generating news stories about his personality on top of actual breaking news like a Cabinet member resigning over the use of chartered planes or his son-in-law failing to disclose the he used a personal email account to conduct official White House business. Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

September 29, 20171min1910

The New York Times reported Thursday that the Interior Department intends to consider amending “all or some” sage-grouse habitat management programs in 10 western states, which could upend a decade of collaboration and compromise to keep the bird off the endangered species list. This wasn’t unexpected. The Sentinel’s Dennis Webb reported last week on John Swartout’s ongoing efforts to help stakeholders arrive at a statewide consensus on whether Colorado’s plan should change. The plan, approved by the Obama administration in 2015, prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide not list the bird under the Endangered Species Act. Swartout, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appointed point person on sage-grouse issues, initiated a series of meetings with local governments, energy industry representatives and environmental interests because state officials anticipated federal action, either by Interior or Congress, to loosen protections on habitat. Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.