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BEST OF THE WEEK: Hiking with Zinke, piles of petitions, a rural power play and more

Author: Mark Harden - August 10, 2018 - Updated: August 12, 2018


Here’s our recap of some of our best stories of the week from the Colorado Politics staff.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (left) and Colorado Politics reporter Joey Bunch talk during a hike on the Alberta Falls trail in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

> Interior Secretary Zinke cites Colorado’s advantages in BLM move

> Transportation measures’ backers park petitions at secretary of state’s office

> Signatures turned in on oil and gas, payday loan initiatives

> Colo. campaign-spending initiative sets signature record

> COVER STORY | Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord

> INSIGHTS | Parents and rich folks keep Colorado’s colleges competitive

> TRAIL MIX | Candidate confrontations coming in CD6? That’s open to debate

> Q&A with Tracee Bentley | ‘My heart will always belong to rural Colorado’

> Best & worst states for health care: Where does Colorado rank?

> Q&A with America’s top border cop, 1st woman to run the Border Patrol

> Club 20 won’t allow lieutenant governor to debate for Jared Polis

> Hickenlooper for president? He’s ‘low on most lists,’ says pollster Ciruli

Ron Stallworth shows the membership card given to him by the Ku Klux Klan. (Photo by Robert Moore, special to Colorado Politics)

> 201 new Colo. laws and rules take effect

> New Spike Lee movie focuses on Colorado detective who infiltrated Ku Klux Klan

> Pence outlines plan for new Space Force; Colo. likely to play a role

> School-tax amendment makes Colorado’s November ballot

> Joint Budget Committee transition underway as Sens. Lambert, Lundberg bow out

> Bennet says Silverthorne dodged a wildfire bullet

> Polis drops blockchain policy into governor’s race

> Secretary of state dismisses campaign finance complaint against regent candidate Smith

> Air Force Academy boss sees sweeping change ahead for academy, cadets

> Denver TV stations to keep owner as Sinclair-Tribune deal blows up

> Denver aims to double affordable-housing fund with pot-tax hike

> El Paso County residents urge EPA to regulate toxic chemicals

> Colo. local officials urge reauthorization of land, water conservation fund

> Independent Colo. House candidate is short of signatures, but still hopeful

> State study: Only 6% of Colorado DUI suspects used marijuana

> Coloradans can now spice up their rides with Pueblo Chile plates


Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.