Current News


Hudson: Columbine as ‘cultural script’ for next generation of shooters

The Colorado Statesman

While there is satisfaction in Colorado’s hipness — the first state to retail legal marijuana, younger and healthier on average than our 49 compatriots and the No. 1 destination for migrating millennials — we tend to repress our history as the site of both the Columbine High School killings and the Aurora movie theater slaughter. The Columbine victims have a tasteful memorial, as may the Aurora dead one of these days. Discussion of these events is regarded as rather tasteless at chamber of commerce luncheons. The rest of the world has not forgotten, however.

News From Yesteryear

Ferraro touts advances by women on national stage

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was the main draw at a fundraiser for Sen. Gary Hart at the Executive Tower Inn. She was helping him retire the $3 million debt left over from his presidential run a year earlier, when he gave Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale a run for his money in the primary race. Ferraro was barraged by autograph seekers and admirers who simply wanted to shake her hand and tell her how much she’d done to advance the cause of women.


McCall takes reins at Farmers Union

Yuma farmer Dr. Dale McCall takes over next year from Kent Peppler as president of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, an organization representing farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, the union announced this week. He has been vice president of the organization.

Ballot push heats up as drilling rules plod along

The Colorado Statesman

A group drafting ballot measures aimed at giving Colorado residents more control over oil and gas drilling in neighborhoods told The Colorado Statesman on Wednesday that the lack of action by state regulators has given “greater impetus” to their cause.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week was unable to reach consensus on its proposed local-control rules that would give counties and towns more say over state-controlled oil and gas drilling operations, pushing the process into December.

Hickenlooper thwacks hornet’s nest with position on Syrian refugees

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper drew a storm of criticism in the wake of his announcement Monday that Colorado would welcome Syrians who are fleeing their war-torn country and who had been admitted to the United States through the federal government’s refugee program.

Hickenlooper, officials unveil long-awaited state water plan

The Colorado Statesman

State officials formally unveiled the long-awaited Colorado Water Plan on Thursday at a press conference held amid meetings of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the state’s various water districts.

Flanked by interests as traditionally disparate as agriculture, environment, business, rural and urban, the Front Range and the West Slope, Gov. John Hickenlooper and CWCB Director James Ecklund officially announced the rollout of the 480-page state water plan.

JBC's Hamner will lean on committee to find solutions

The Colorado Statesman

It was a tough day to be the new chair of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and his budget chief Henry Sobanet on Thursday rolled out for the six-member committee a well-worked-over $27 billion plan for the next year that landed with a clang.

It proposed cutting $370 million from state services based on revenue projections for the rest of the fiscal year, despite the Colorado economy’s robust performance and headlines around the country about the tax windfall Colorado is reaping from legalized marijuana.

Guest Commentary

Vervier: Raise a glass to the clean water rule

Guest Contributor

How important is it to protect clean water in Colorado?

The federal EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are trying to do that with a new rule released in August. But now opponents are attacking the rule in the courts, and even the U.S. Senate is trying to block it.

This is bad news for our communities and our economies.

Guest Commentary

Sanderson: The president’s costly power plan is a stealth energy tax for Colorado

Guest Contributor

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coming to Denver to drum up state support for a federal effort to implement the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. Announced by the White House with great fanfare this past summer, it is the president’s response to climate change. For Colorado, it will be a costly response.

In seeking to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, the plan defies both Congress and public opinion. Congress has repeatedly rejected caps on carbon dioxide emissions and opinion polls consistently show voters won’t pay for them.

Guest Commentary

Western Slope lawmakers: We’re all in this together when it comes to state water plan

Guest Contributors

Colorado boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in the U.S. We are blessed with incredible and contrasting natural beauty — from red-rock canyons to majestic mountains, Front Range foothills and rolling Eastern Plains. We live in Colorado because we love being here. On this we all agree.