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Associated PressAssociated PressNovember 24, 201711min472

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah ski officials kick off the new season energized by the growing possibility of another Winter Olympics bid and buoyed by two straight seasons of record visitation. But there's also some concern that publicity surrounding the state's strict new DUI law that goes into effect next year may keep skiers and snowboarders away by adding to the stigma that visitors can't have fun in Utah.


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Rachael WrightRachael WrightFebruary 16, 201711min302

… Twenty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … An El Paso County Republican saga continued with self-proclaimed “true conservatives” toppling the “old guard,” seizing the reins of El Paso's Grand Old Party. After staking their campaigns on pro-life and Christian values, they went on to capture the top three party offices and 20 bonus member slots to the state GOP Central Committee. Many contended the social conservative sweep down south marked the end of the “big tent” era when party leadership preached tolerance for those with differing social views, particularly on the topic of abortion. The winners? Colorado Springs attorney Wayne Williams was elected chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, Focus on the Family executive Tom Minnery won vice chairman and Leigh Ann Rauch was chosen secretary. All three were given a stamp of approval by a coalition of “true conservative” Republicans.


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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyDecember 29, 201628min376

Symbolic of the divisiveness of our politics, many Coloradans will look back at the 2016 election with violent contempt, reflecting on a political year that saw the rise of President-elect Donald Trump, while others will reminisce with sublime glee over a cycle where voters bucked the political establishment. In a year full of tectonic shifts on the national political landscape, Colorado had its share of drama and surprises, though voters sent back many familiar faces to serve in Congress and at the state Capitol. Here’s your bite-size, highlight reel for the 2016 election season in Colorado.


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Mario NicolaisMario NicolaisJuly 27, 20165min251

State Rep. Dan Pabon made a mistake. Nobody knows that better than Dan Pabon. After police video of his St. Patrick’s Day DUI arrest surfaced, Pabon again finds himself in an unwanted spotlight. Pabon appears on the tape pleading with an officer to avoid an arrest. As so often happens, one mistake led to another. Pabon made a series of bad choices and now faces the consequences.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 21, 20169min546

A tearful Speaker Pro Tem Dan Pabon apologized Monday morning on the House floor for his DUI arrest last week and said he will “work tirelessly” to restore the confidence of his family, his colleagues and the community. “I plan on wholeheartedly accepting the penalties that come from my actions,” the Denver Democrat said, his voice breaking and tears streaming down his face. Pabon was pulled over at the corner of West Colfax Avenue and Glenarm Place by a Denver police officer just after 11:30 p.m. on the night of March 17 for an improper turn, police said. When he exhibited signs of intoxication, the officer performed a sobriety test and Pabon failed that, police said. The lawmaker requested that he undergo a blood alcohol test, was transported to Denver Health and later released.