Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 21, 20173min4397

A Republican vacancy committee on Thursday elected Shane Sandbridge, a Colorado Springs investment consultant and former police officer, to become the next representative of House District 14. Sandridge will replace state Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, who is stepping down in January to take a job as regional administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Jared WrightJared WrightJune 16, 20176min442

A major step forward for transportation occurred earlier this year with the approval of the Central 70 project by the federal government. This project involves the reconstruction of a 10-mile stretch between I-25 and Chambers Road and the replacement of a 50-year-old viaduct on Interstate 70. With the approval, the Colorado Department of Transportation could begin work in early 2018.


Sen. Owen HillSen. Owen HillMarch 27, 20175min533

Mornings are rough. Stop-and go-traffic on I-25 can feel more like a nauseating carnival ride than a highway. It’s no easier in the city. A car just ahead with out-of-state plates slams on its brakes and that cup of morning coffee flies through the air, staining your shirt. The car ahead is now attempting to parallel park, and doing a pretty poor job of it. The minutes tick by until traffic opens up enough to swerve angrily around the parallel parking pariah, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian who decided to walk diagonally across a busy downtown intersection. Arrive at work late, stained, smelling like dark roast and at peak levels of frustration. Time to start the day.


David AppelhansDavid AppelhansMarch 8, 20176min475

In Colorado’s state Legislature this year, the issue on everyone’s mind is transportation. Coloradans know how badly we need funding for transportation — but it’s not just about building roads and bridges. Coloradans want to see investment in mobility options, such as buses for the elderly and safer routes to schools. We are writing today to urge the General Assembly to address the need for transportation options that exists in our communities and across the state.


Will ToorWill ToorMarch 5, 20176min524

I am writing to refute Randall O’Toole’s recent guest opinion column claiming that there is no need for state funding for public transit. His opinion criticizes a recent report I authored for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project showing that Colorado invests less than one cent per day per person of state funds in public transit, twenty times lower than the national average.


Jared WrightJared WrightOctober 25, 20167min393

When you visit the grocery store and see a wide variety of fresh foods from across our country and even the world on the shelves, turn up your air conditioning, or have a friend receive an overnight shipment of a special drug for a life-threatening illness, you are encountering the world of freight movement. It’s important to recognize this interaction as we further progress in a fast-paced internet and digital driven society. Rather than waiting for a product to come to our local store, we click on a product online and expect it to be delivered to our home in a few days, if not the next day. These changes in business and our society have been rapid and, fortunately for us, our freight industry — the most efficient and effective network in the world — has responded to meet these new demands. Few of us have an opportunity to actually see and fully understand how goods move from farm to market or from manufacturer to store or even from an internet seller to you directly. This logistics process occurs behind the scenes and works seamlessly each day. In the case of our food supply, trucks and trains bring fresh produce and food from across the country to our grocery stores daily. In regard to our heating and air conditioning needs, these amenities are available because of an electrical grid powered by natural gas and coal, which is transported by rail or pipeline to our power companies. As to emergency medical supplies, our air freight industry transports products on short notice to far flung areas of our country daily.