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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsOctober 17, 201615min534

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, 20169min575

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, 201611min352

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.


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Rep. Dan NordbergRep. Dan NordbergMay 18, 20166min380

If we ran the state of Colorado like Puerto Rico’s politicians have run that U.S. territory’s government for the last decade, we would have had to close up shop a long time ago. As a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, balancing our state budget on a yearly basis, and responsibly spending the taxpayers’ money is not only of critical importance but also a constitutional requirement. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Puerto Rico, and the territory’s ruling class has great political connections. Instead of having to face the music, they’re probably going to get help from their friends in Washington, D.C.