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Interior chief Ryan Zinke to keynote Steamboat event

Author: Joey Bunch - May 9, 2018 - Updated: May 31, 2018

Ryan ZinkeInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke declares the war on American energy over on stage at the Western Conservative Summit. (Photo by Joey Bunch/Colorado Politics)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to address the Steamboat Institute’s 10th annual Freedom Conference and Festival on Aug. 10 in Steamboat Springs, the conservative think tank tells Colorado Politics.

“As secretary of the Interior and defender of America’s great outdoors, I am honored to give the keynote address at the Steamboat Institute’s 10th annual Freedom Conference and Festival in such a beautiful setting,” Zinke said in a statement released to Colorado Politics by the Steamboat Institute.

“The landscape of the Rocky Mountains, like much of America’s public lands, inspires the defense of liberty because it reminds us what we have to defend.”

Steamboat Institute CEO Jennifer Schubert-Akin said the organization is honored to have the Trump cabinet member.

“Featuring a sitting member of the president’s cabinet — especially the secretary of the Interior whose policies affect many of us who reside in the Rocky Mountain West — will make the 10th anniversary of the Freedom Conference especially memorable,” she said.

Information about registration for the conference at the Steamboat Grand can be found by clicking here.

Zinke is the top name among several well-known conservatives scheduled to speak that the weekend event, including Turning Point USA founder and Charlie Kirk and the organization’s spokeswoman, political commentator Candace Owens.

Kirk and especially Owens are new pals with rapper Kanye West, linked to his recent vocal support for President Trump.

The lineup also is expected to include Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, actor Kevin Sorbo and former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, a Fox News commentator, as well as Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.