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Joey BunchJoey BunchSeptember 5, 20173min42
Just when drones were going legit as a tool of public safety, a rubbernecker reminds folks why the jury is still out on which side of the public safety debate the tiny aircraft hover. Last weekend regular-sized helicopters battling a 800-acre Big Red Park wildfire in northern Routt County were grounded because of an unidentified […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicApril 20, 20177min820

State House Democrats joined Republicans late Wednesday night to vote down a bill that has made waves in various versions the last three years for championing the civil rights of the state’s homeless population. After nearly six hours of emotional testimony, the “Right to Rest Act,” <a href="http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB17-1314">House Bill 1314</a>, sponsored by state Democratic Reps. Joe Salazar from Thornton and Jovan Melton from Aurora, fell short in the House Local Government committee. The 8-5 vote came around midnight, Democrats Paul Rosenthal from Denver and Matt Gray from Broomfield joining Republicans in opposition.



Joey BunchJoey BunchMarch 19, 20177min24
My favorite teacher had me assaulted, and I learned that from the Colorado legislature last week. At least science teacher Terry Niblett didn’t take it lightly. Through the glass of a locked high school science lab, he waved six boys to the office of vice principal Barnett Wilson, a burly man in his 50s who was a known bruiser with a wooden […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 17, 20177min471

Although it starts with a splash of levity, the House Republican caucus’s weekly video update quickly moves onto more serious ground. “This is Jim Wilson from Salida, Colorado,” says state Rep. Yuelin Willett, R-Grand Junction, as his serious gaze dissolves into a grin and an imposing figure enters the frame, shooing away the imposter. “Not even close,” says Wilson. “I’m the real Jim Wilson.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 8, 201721min45

“We know historic preservation has a positive economic impact to our state,” Steve Turner, the state historic preservation officer and executive director of History Colorado, told the several hundred preservation experts, community leaders and property owners gathered on Friday at the Colorado Convention Center for the Saving Places Conference. Then, pointing to preservation projects across the state, he added, “We can look at these case examples and see it has a positive impact on the quality of life in our communities, too.”


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJanuary 12, 201729min420

DENVER — Good morning, and happy Thursday — Colorado's second day with state legislators inside the state Capitol working — yikes! A couple of things of note for you this a.m.: First, Gov. John Hickenlooper prepares this morning to take to the House of Representatives dais to deliver his second-from-last State of the State speech to the burgeoning 2017 Legislature. Second, we at The Colorado Statesman remind you that — as the state Capitol's publication of record for the last 119 years — we are excited to continue improving your readership experience and the news we bring to you from under the Gold Dome this year. So here's a quick breakdown:



Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 12, 20173min30
Rep. Jim Wilson knows Colorado education, especially poor, rural schools, better than anyone in the Capitol. The fiscally conservative Republican from Salida spent 40 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent before he entered politics. He was educated in a two-room country school in Corwin, Kan., through the 8th grad and grew up on a wheat and cattle […]

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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinOctober 13, 20163min450

With many Republican leaders - including some in Colorado - recently withdrawing their support or renouncing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after the release of a 2005 video recording of Trump bragging of what many consider sexual abuse of women, the Trump campaign in Colorado on Thursday, Oct. 13, touted the support of several Colorado Republican legislative leaders.