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Hickenlooper leads delegation on international trade mission

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper flew to Japan this week as part of an international trade mission, a four-country trip that he hopes will bolster global relationships and lead to Colorado jobs.

The governor is leading a 52-person delegation of business and academic leaders on a two-week trip that will also take them to China, Turkey and Israel — where Hickenlooper will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Guest Commentary

DeGette: A challenge: Build your own federal budget

Guest Contributor

Figuring out how to pay back student loans.

Saving for retirement and hoping Social Security will be there for the future.

The risks of a high national debt.


Sloan: The Trojan sage grouse

The Colorado Statesman

Looking at the Department of the Interior’s decision not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, one is initially tempted to celebrate, knowing the ruinous consequences that such listings have on local economies. But a closer look at the land-management plan that accompanies the decision brings to mind the story of the Trojan Horse, made famous in Virgil’s Aeneid. You will recall that the large wooden horse was offered by the Greeks to the Trojans, ostensibly as a gift to the goddess Minerva but, in reality concealing a contingent of armed Greeks.

Gaming industry looks to cash in political chips in Colorado, Nevada

The Colorado Statesman

The casino gaming industry is doubling down on political events next week, looking to flex its economic muscle at the first Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday and at an event in Wheat Ridge ahead of the next Republican debate in Boulder at the end of the month.

Jeffco schools recall target files ethics inquiry against himself

The Colorado Statesman

Backers of an effort to recall three conservative members of the Jefferson County school board have long-claimed the board has violated open meetings laws.

But no complaint has ever been filed. So board President Ken Witt, one of the recall targets, announced Thursday he will take it upon himself to file an inquiry — into his own actions.

But the inquiry isn't going anywhere because Witt filed the request with an entity that has no jurisdiction over the matter to begin with.

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Strode: Community gardens sow community health benefits

Advocacy Denver

For the past 20 years, Denver Urban Gardens has helped design, build and sustain an expanding network of 150 community gardens throughout the metro area. This year, the organization has 12 new garden projects under construction and is offering technical assistance to other community garden projects around the state. In an interview with Catherine Strode, Executive Director Michael Buchenau says research shows community gardens have the potential to affect community health in urban settings.

Catherine Strode: What is the concept behind community gardens?

Politics Uncorked

Jump on growing wave of Colorado’s urban wineries

The Colorado Statesman

Wine Country. It’s a term that conjures idyllic images of quaint wineries nestled among acres of bountiful vineyards. Most of us at one time or another have planned a trip to Wine Country, perhaps California’s Napa Valley or Colorado’s own Grand Valley.

Guest Commentary

Salazar: Fighting wildfires protects Colorado’s water supplies

Guest Contributor

Long-term drought has dramatically affected Western states across the Colorado River basin, and exacerbated the risk of wildfire in those areas. In addition to the tragic loss of human life, wildfires also threaten our homes, wildlife habitat, the places we hunt, fish and hike, as well as our drinking water. As the U.S. Congress considers a legislative response to the drought, it should also fix the way we pay for wildfires, as the two are correlated.

Courts Columnist

Nicolais: Specialty courts meet specific needs

The Colorado Statesman

Unless you are a regular in Colorado courts — offender, attorney or judge — walking into a modern courtroom might leave you with a sense of chaos and confusion. The sensation can be amplified in criminal courts as prosecutors and public defenders shuffle through case files they saw for the first time just five minutes earlier, all while the judge works with staff to process new cases as swiftly as possible.

It can leave the casual observer quite jarred.


Tymkovich elevated to chief judge of 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

The Colorado Statesman

As the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals begins its new schedule of cases this week Judge Timothy Tymkovich has heard a couple of child porn cases, a campaign finance case, even a case involving a $7 million bicycle accident at the Air Force Academy.

Last Wednesday, in a ceremony at the federal courthouse in Denver, he was elevated to chief judge of the circuit, succeeding Judge Mary Beck Briscoe.

“I feel quite fortunate and honored to have the chance to become our new chief and lead the court in that capacity,” he told The Colorado Statesman.