Ernest LuningErnest LuningJune 30, 201613min401

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Cities across the country were facing challenges in the face of economic pressures — a recent survey showed that 60 percent of 660 American cities were facing budget deficits in 1986 — but Denver was not demoralized, said Mayor Federico Peña in his State of the City address. “We will not decline. We are optimizing our resources so that basic services can be maintained. And we have a local economy that, while presently weak, is still basically sound and diverse,” Peña said.


Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 31, 20169min373

Thirty-Five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Gov. Dick Lamm hadn’t decided yet whether he planned to run for a third term in 1982, but the Democrat conceded he could be unseated by Colorado Republicans, who had said their major goal in the next year was retaking the governor’s mansion. “Oh, sure,” Lamm said in an interview with The Statesman. “I think anyone in public office is beatable, especially in these very shifting times. You go into any campaign — no matter how high or seemingly unbeatable you are — with at least a third chance of losing just because of the vagaries in a campaign and the kind of things which can happen. You’ve involved in a process that you only have marginal control over.” …