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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


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


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.

Water's for fighting

State's first-ever water plan in homestretch

The Colorado Statesman

Bring up the topic of Colorado water just about anywhere across the arid state, and before long someone is bound to invoke the state’s unofficial motto, a saying attributed to Mark Twain: Whiskey is for drinking. Water, that’s for fighting.

But these days, if you happen to find yourself amid the kind of folks who never tire of cracking a smile when the adage is uttered, you’re just as likely to hear talk of the state’s first-ever water plan, set to unveil before the end of the year. Water, they just might acknowledge, could be for plenty of things. But in the meantime, there’ll still be whiskey.

‘Coup attempt’ rocks state GOP, House stands firm

Chair battles former supporters demanding he resign post, foes vow to press on
The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Republican Party was thrown into turmoil this week after three powerful Republicans attempted to persuade state GOP chair Steve House to resign.

While House initially took them up on the offer, he quickly rescinded his resignation — reneged on the deal, detractors say — and fired back at Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo and Pueblo County Republican chair Becky Mizel, the three most prominent supporters of House’s bid to run the party earlier this year.