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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsOctober 23, 20185min744

Fall in Colorado is an amazing time to experience our outdoor traditions. Rifle season is in full swing for big game hunters. Fishing is peaking as autumn mayfly hatches and spawning brown trout draw anglers to Gold Medal streams and lakes throughout the state. It is the time of year that drives our $28 billion outdoor recreation economy as hikers, campers, climbers, and mountain bikers spend time outdoors before switching gears to snow sports.


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Kelly SloanKelly SloanOctober 18, 20186min960

Back in 1961, the Animas Valley Sand and Gravel Company sought to acquire about 50 or so acres of land in La Plata County for the purpose of, you guessed it, producing and selling sand and gravel. Insofar as there existed no law or regulation proscribing their doing so on the acreage in question the land was in due course purchased, for a price reflecting its intended use.


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Gale NortonGale NortonOctober 15, 20186min455

Property rights are an integral part of the culture and values of western states. Our ability to make the most out of the property we own is a core part of what made our state special. Even prior to statehood, the individual ability to turn our most precious resource, our land, into something more valuable — metals, minerals, ore, crops, cattle — was something worth fighting for.


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Sam MametSam MametOctober 15, 20184min286

Colorado residents are going to be voting on a variety of important ballot measures next month. The one that is most troubling is Amendment 74. This suggested change to the Colorado Constitution would expose both the state and all local governments to untold legal exposure with unclear language referring to government regulations or actions which would “reduce” the “fair market value” of private property and subject taxpayers to “just compensation” to a private property owner. All types of ordinances and policies at the municipal level would be affected, like code enforcement, land use and zoning, licensing, and redevelopment.


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Debbie OrtegaDebbie OrtegaSeptember 3, 20184min1125

This fall, the Colorado Farm Bureau and oil and gas companies like Anadarko and Noble are poised to pulverize the very purpose of local government. By changing only 11 words in the state constitution, as Amendment 74 seeks to do, any property owner could claim that any government decision decreased the value of their property and sue local and state governments for compensation -- with taxpayers forced to pay the price.