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Pete Coors: Citizen of the West

$200,000 raised for scholarship trust
The Colorado Statesman

“Say what you mean and mean what you say,” is the trademark of Peter Coors and the motto by which this year’s Citizen of the West lives his life. That quintessential Western characteristic wasn’t lost on more than 800 enthusiasts who feted the beer company scion at the annual National Western dinner benefitting scholarship recipients at 10 institutes of higher learning in Colorado and Wyoming.

Hickenlooper’s remarks at CACI sing the right tune for business

The Colorado Statesman

Governor John Hickenlooper, with little more than a week of governingthe state under his belt, told about 400 business leaders at the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry’s luncheon Thursday that the state needs to become “more pro-business” and that no one has the appetite to raise taxes.

Hickenlooper kick-starts economic development plans

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper wrapped up a four-day statewide economic development tour — and his first week in office — with a stop on Monday in Loveland, where more than 200 local government officials, business leaders and interested citizens joined a two-hour discussion on how to rev the business engines of the northern Front Range.

Campaign launched to repair crumbling Capitol dome

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown joined historic preservationists and state officials on Wednesday to kick off a campaign to raise $8 million to fix the Colorado Capitol’s iconic gold dome.

Tancredo rejoins GOP, is resigned to another Wadhams term

The Colorado Statesman

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who ran for governor of Colorado on the American Constitution Party ticket, is a Republican again.

Wadhams to run for a third term as GOP State Chairman

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dick Wadhams announced Tuesday he is running for a third term.

“I want to serve as state chairman during the 2012 election cycle because of the extraordinary opportunities Colorado Republicans have to dramatically impact our state and nation,” Wadhams said in a lengthy e-mail to state Republicans.

Hickenlooper, home-grown achievers laud student winners

The Colorado Statesman

A couple hours after he was sworn in as Colorado’s 42nd governor, John Hickenlooper made the trip back across Civic Center Park to congratulate nine students, along with classmates, teachers and family members, for their winning visions of the state.

Remembering Ritter: Mix of roasts, toasts

The Colorado Statesman

As Gov. Bill Ritter prepares to vacate his office on Tuesday and assume the directorship of the Center for New Energy Economy at Colorado State University next month, Democrats and Republicans predict his legacy, share memories and espouse comments juicy enough for a roast.

The appointees of Bill Ritter Jr.: Where are they now?

The Colorado Statesman

One of the biggest jobs of a new governor is to pick who will lead his cabinet departments and office staff, and some governors wind up performing that chore many times over during their terms in office. Departing Gov. Bill Ritter has had a relatively easy time, administrative-wise, since taking office in January 2007. The governor has control over 15 cabinet departments, and of the 15 chiefs who started with Ritter in 2007, ten are still on the job until Jan. 11. His predecessor, Gov. Bill Owens, replaced eight of his 15 original cabinet appointees during his first term.