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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 10, 20185min1360

Calling himself a "proven and reliable conservative" and a friend of the Trump administration, U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn made it official Tuesday: the Colorado Springs Republican is running for a seventh term representing the 5th Congressional District. Lamborn, who is facing three primary challengers, is considering whether to petition for a spot on the June primary ballot or attempt to qualify through the caucus and assembly process, a campaign spokesman told Colorado Politics.


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 30, 20176min226
WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton used the West Elk Mine near Somerset as an example of unnecessary delays from environmental regulatory procedures during a congressional hearing Wednesday. The coal mine won U.S. Forest Service approval to expand its operations in September. Work to build roads and methane vents on the site is scheduled […]

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Tom RamstackTom RamstackNovember 8, 20176min136
WASHINGTON — A congressional committee that includes two Colorado congressmen approved a bill Wednesday that would give states greater control over rights to extract oil and gas from federal land. Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is a supporter of the bill, called the Secure American Energy Act. A controversy over the legislation is whether states […]

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Tom RamstackTom RamstackOctober 13, 20175min545
WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on Thursday called for more local input into federal decisions to designate public lands as national monuments. Tipton, R-Cortez, was responding to a bill approved by a congressional committee one day earlier that seeks to revise the Antiquities Act, which empowers the president to preserve federal lands. “Unfortunately, […]

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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsOctober 17, 201615min346

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, showing clear signs his race for CD3 has tightened in recent weeks, continues to aggressively call out former state Sen. Gail Schwartz for her comments and ads accusing Tipton of seeking to sell off federally owned public lands. Schwartz charges Tipton has sold out to coal mining and oil and gas companies and wants to transfer public lands to state or private ownership in order to increase domestic fossil fuel production. Schwartz, a Crested Butte Democrat who previously worked in ski-area design, favors preserving public lands to boost the outdoor recreation industry. “If we’re talking about outdoor recreation and protecting those public lands, let’s look at the Hermosa Creek bill that I had signed into law, that we were able to pass through a Republican-controlled Congress to be able to create those opportunities down in La Plata County,” Tipton said on a press call last month.


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsAugust 29, 20169min384

When Garett Reppenhagen, an honorably discharged cavalry scout and a sniper with the U.S. Army First Infantry Division, returned to his home state of Colorado in 2005 after serving in Kosovo and Iraq, the wilderness advocate recovered by spending time on public lands. “When I came home I looked to the outdoors kind of instinctively to find healing and repose from the war,” said Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. “My mom’s house is in Green Mountain Falls near Colorado Springs and borders Pike National Forest and Pikes Peak, so that mountain was kind of a sanctuary for me.”


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Kevin FrekingKevin FrekingAugust 15, 201611min230

The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy. Conservation groups, American Indian tribes and federal lawmakers are urging his administration to preserve millions of acres as national monuments. Such a designation often prevents new drilling and mining on public lands, or the construction of new roads and utility lines.