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Hudson: Local governments grapple with boosting broadband

The Colorado Statesman

The 268 cities and towns that belong to the Colorado Municipal League returned to Breckenridge last week for the organization’s annual summer meeting. More than a thousand elected officials and municipal officers were registered for a weeklong schedule of training sessions, and issue forums. (Several years ago, one of Denver’s investigative TV reporters ambushed delegates around the swimming pool, asking why they weren’t attending the scheduled educational seminars.

Stulp says state water plan will require ‘cultural change’

The Colorado Statesman

With Colorado almost out of the drought, state water officials are planning for the day when the state’s water supply will have to provide for twice as many residents.

State water czar John Stulp told the Colorado Municipal League last week that land use and water planning will be more closely tied under the state’s first-ever water plan, which is nearing completion.

Energy

Bentley encouraging more women to consider oil and gas industry

The Colorado Statesman

The oil and gas industry isn’t exactly known as a bastion of equality between the sexes. According to an industry study the workforce in 2010 was 81 percent male nationwide. Tracee Bentley, the new executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, is leading the group’s effort to bring more women into the industry with the Women in Power program.

“This is so exciting if you are a woman in Colorado, I believe,” Bentley said. “The oil and natural gas industry in Colorado is a great place for women to thrive, regardless of their career paths.”

Guest Columnist

Toltz: Stop Buck’s ‘Guns for Felons’ legislation

Guest Contributor

Nearly everyone would agree that convicted, violent criminals should not be able to purchase guns. Everyone, that is, except for first-term U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, who is now advancing NRA-supported legislation to reinstate a federal “guns for felons” program that has been shut down for decades.

Appeals judge Gabriel named to state Supreme Court

The Colorado Statesman

The newest justice of the Colorado Supreme Court will be Judge Richard Gabriel, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday at the Capitol.

“He has a reputation for hard work and determination, but also for integrity and generosity,” Hickenlooper said. “We’ll take a bright star on our Court of Appeals and allow it to shine even more brightly on our Supreme Court.”

He will fill the seat of retiring Justice Gregory Hobbs, who leaves the high court on Sept. 1 after serving there since 1996.

Sanders rocks Denver crowd, calls for ‘political revolution’

The Colorado Statesman

Neil Young's music was blasting inside the University of Denver on Saturday night — but he wasn't the rock star the frenzied crowd had come to hear.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders electrified supporters with a fiery, populist message that resonated with the thousands that packed DU's Hamilton Gymnasium.

Not long after stepping up to the podium to Young's “Rockin' in the Free World” — and to chants of “Bernie, Bernie!” — the Vermont senator took aim at a national economic system that he feels benefits the rich and leaves the poor and middle-class behind.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Hineser says Hudak criticism of article wrong on all counts

Editor:

I applaud The Colorado Statesman for giving ex-senator Evie Hudak the opportunity to express her opinion [in a letter to the editor in the June 19 edition, "Hudak disputes phrasing in article on SD 19 race"]; even though she was wrong with virtually every statement.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Hudak disputes phrasing in article on SD 19 race

Editor:

In the article in the June 12 Colorado Statesman, “Woods, Zenzinger plan for ’16 rematch,” you say that I resigned "to avoid a looming recall election." This is not accurate, because the petitions had not been turned in, and there is no way of knowing whether the recall election would have occurred.

Guest Columnist

Conway: Transportation Summit begins dialog

Inaugural Northern Colorado meeting key first step to develop solutions to state's transportation funding crisis
Weld County Board of Commissioners

On June 15, the Weld County commissioners organized the first Transportation Summit for Northern Colorado in almost a decade. Transportation planning entities from across the state joined with U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Colorado Department of Transportation Director Shailen Bhatt and several state and local elected officials from across the state to address the transportation infrastructure funding crisis that has developed in our state over the last decade.

Guest Columnist

Pinto: The fight for the microphone in Jeffco

Guest Contributor

A prominent strategist told me to get a CT scan of my head when I mentioned my plan to work in the communications department at Jeffco Schools. Six months later I admit that I had my share of headaches, but it was worth taking a few Advil for the battle to improve student achievement. Our team was privileged to highlight the efforts of dedicated educators working long hours to create vibrant classrooms for thousands of students.