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GJ, Glenwood Springs elect new council members

The Colorado Statesman

A businessman and a planner won the Glenwood Springs city council at-large seats in Tuesday’s municipal election, and in Grand Junction the victors were a self-proclaimed forward-thinking progressive and a former corporate executive.

In Glenwood Springs, businessman and homebuilder Steve Davis won the Ward 1 election with 59.38 percent of the vote and Planning and Zoning Commission chair Kathy Trauger won the at-large seat with 62.32 percent.

Both victors are in agreement that the narrow, dangerous Hwy. 82 bridge through central Glenwood Springs needs to be replaced,


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Davidson leaving Clerks Assoc.

Former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson announced this week that she is stepping down as executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association on June 30.


A new convention center, and a visit from the first lady

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Construction companies handed Denver Mayor Federico Peña a “giant skeleton key, finished in brilliant gold” to the new Colorado Convention Center, which was set to open on time and on budget. “Each of you need to share in the celebration,” said Phelps Construction president Jerry Morgensen as he handed the enormous key to Peña.

Colorado Water Plan all about West Slope water diversion

The Colorado Statesman

GRAND JUNCTION — James Eklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, told Club 20 in late March that the “seven points of consensus” thus far approved as a preliminary step in finalizing the Colorado Water Plan requested by Gov. John Hickenlooper represent a “new paradigm” in Front Range and Western Slope relations regarding water, but it’s really the same old paradigm: The Front Range wants and needs the Western Slope’s water.

Six of the seven points mention a “TMD,” short for transmountain water diversion.

‘Economic gardening’ supports local business efforts

The Colorado Statesman

It was 1987, and Chris Gibbons had a big problem. He was the business affairs director for the city of Littleton, and the biggest employer in town, Martin Marietta, had just announced that it was closing its Littleton operation and cutting 7,500 jobs.

To fill that huge hole in the local economy, Gibbons could have tried the traditional economic development strategy, focusing on luring another giant out-of-state company by offering it tax incentives, utility rebates and workforce training subsidies.

How does the world see race?

The Colorado Statesman

The 67th annual Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder campus kicked off with a provocative keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winning columnist (2004) Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald. In a century when our first African-American president has called for a vigorous national dialogue on race and his African-American Attorney General, Eric Holder, has suggested we are all too cowardly to engage in an honest discussion of race, Pitts stands out as a voice that regularly addresses racial issues.

Returning to the political fray

The Colorado Statesman

Writing about politics is what I’ve always wanted to do.

There was a time when I would have said I wanted to be the next Helen Thomas, front row center at the Presidential press conferences. Granted the first and last question. Ending the conference with the tried and true phrase “Thank you Mr. (or, let’s be honest, Madame) President”.

Gardner: Iran deal ‘a dance of porcupines’

The Colorado Statesman

Fresh from a congressional trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said on Monday that he has “great concerns” about a nuclear deal announced last week with Iran and wants to see Congress vote on the agreement.

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Day Four: Not for the faint-hearted, debating doomsday

The Colorado Statesman

Almost two years after Edward Snowden brought to light secret government surveillance practices, a panel of three privacy proponents met Thursday morning to discuss, “Cyber Security and Privacy We’re All H@cked.”

Investigative journalist and civil liberties advocate Chip Berlet joined Malou Innocent from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute and Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery. In the absence of a supporter of the NSA programs, the panel embarked on an 80-minute journey to point out how online data security affects everyday lives.

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Day III: A rousing Iran discussion and a 2016 debate that wasn’t

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Statesman will be covering the 67th Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder all week with web-exclusive updated overviews of the action. For live coverage throughout the day, follow our reporter Lars Gesing on Twitter @LarsGesing.


There wasn’t much that three panelists agreed on when they filled CU- Boulder’s Center Ballroom to capacity during their debate of “Negotiating Nukes with Iran” Wednesday morning.

In fact, the only thing they didn’t exchange were actual jabs.