Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 20, 20178min2975

Declaring he's the only candidate with the right business and financial experience to serve as Colorado state treasurer  — including bouncing back after losing almost everything when the economy crashed — Republican Brian Watson on Friday jumped into a GOP primary that already includes three state lawmakers, a county treasurer and a prosecutor.


David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsApril 28, 20167min344

No one even remotely involved in natural gas production on Colorado’s Western Slope wants to continue to party like it’s 1999. Back then prices were below $2 per million British thermal units and there were just 94 well starts in Garfield County. Last year, prices continued to languish below $2 per million British thermal units (from a high of more than $13 in 2008), and there were only 173 well starts in Garfield County — the lowest number since 1999. Earlier this year, after draconian staffing cuts on both the Western Slope and Denver in 2015, the county’s biggest drilling company -— WPX Energy — sold all its Piceance Basin holdings.


David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsMarch 2, 20167min354

Colorado’s Western Slope has been bone dry of late, but on Super Tuesday the state’s mountain counties were really feeling the Bern as big crowds of Democrats turned out for Bernie Sanders. From the ski towns in Summit and Eagle counties west to the mining and drilling towns of Mesa and Garfield counties, the Vermont senator gobbled up delegates in the state’s rural west on his way to easily carrying the entire state by a margin of 58 to 40 percent.