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William J. Hybl to be honored with 2014 Community Enrichment Award

The Colorado Statesman

The Mizel Institute has named William J. Hybl, chairman and chief executive officer of El Pomar Foundation and president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the recipient of its 2014 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to the community, the award will be presented at the 24th Annual Mizel Institute Dinner Gala on May 21, 2014, at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.

A glum forecast for state government

Hospital provider fee and TABOR could clash; lead to cuts
The Colorado Statesman

A bleak report issued this week by Colorado State University on the long-term fiscal health of state government indicates a “perverse irony” in which the recession actually improved the state’s long-term outlook. But the state is still grappling with a structural deficiency that will only worsen over time.

Perhaps most suggestive of the structural insufficiency is a conflict between a legislative-approved hospital provider fee and the Colorado Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which requires that surplus tax revenues be returned to taxpayers in the form of a refund.

Export-Import loan guarantees could help state

...if Colorado would utilize them
The Colorado Statesman

John McAdams, former Vice President and CEO of the U. S. Export-Import Bank, visited Denver this week as a guest of state Rep.Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada. Part marketing junket and part tutorial, McAdams explained how the EX-IM bank could assist Colorado businesses and manufacturers in marketing their goods and services to an expanding global market. Some of his numbers were astonishing. The U. S. economy represents only 5 percent of the global market today.

DU panel recommends campaign finance reform

Eliminate limits on political contributions?
The Colorado Statesman

A University of Denver panel that analyzed campaign finance laws has made a set of recommendations for reform in Colorado, including eliminating limits on political contributions to candidates and political parties, and requiring nonprofits to reveal donors when contributions are made for political purposes.

Secessionist move was defeated

Rural Coloradans are no less unhappy
The Colorado Statesman

As kids we were all talked into doing something incredibly stupid by an older brother or sister, (perhaps the smart kid next door or down the block), but whoever it was, he or she should have known better. If we were lucky, our parents never discovered our misdeeds, but more often than not we found ourselves listening in painful silence to the embarrassing query, “If Johnny decided to jump off the roof, would you jump too?” In a few instances these conversations took place in the company of local law enforcement.

Salazar asks Coffman to demand vote on immigration

The Colorado Statesman

Organizing for Action, a political remnant from the Obama presidential campaign held yet another immigration reform rally at the Aurora City Hall this week, featuring former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. About 50 demonstrators assembled on a bright, sunny morning to ask Congressman Mike Coffman to personally demand that Speaker John Boehner bring a comprehensive reform bill to the House floor for a vote before the end of the year. The theme was clear: Coffman should knock on the Speaker’s door and ask that the Senate Bill adopted earlier this year be scheduled for a vote in 2013.

Flood disaster committee visits hard-hit areas

Legislators struck by self-reliance of victims and fight-back spirit

“What struck me most was the bend-not-break Colorado spirit that we saw in town after town,” Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, said after his Flood Disaster Study Committee spent two days this week visiting areas ravaged by the Great Flood of 2013. “Over and over we saw this fight-back spirit, this attitude of, ‘Let’s stand this thing back up.’ That really impressed me.”

Designer running shoes — A pair for everyone

The Colorado Statesman

I am in love. The second Google introduced us, I was smitten. I’ve heard talk of rekindling old romances via the Internet, but I never thought it would happen to me. Don’t give me any lip or any tongue or behave like a heel. I’m talking about crushing on the most adorable, colorful and comfy pair of sneakers ever designed by a ... well ... a designer.

The new kid on the block: Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

The Colorado Statesman

Oh, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, you sly dog, you. Winning my heart before I even had a chance to taste your food with the siren song of “Complimentary Valet” — music to any urban foodie’s ears. For a new restaurant with a lot to prove, the free valet service is a clever ploy. There’s nothing that kills the appetite more than getting into veritable knife fights with all the other hungry hipsters in the Denver metro area just to have a few bites of bao bun.

‘Reform’ candidates win local school board races

But definition of reform isn’t always so clear
The Colorado Statesman

So-called “reform” school board candidates swept to victory in three Front Range school district elections this odd-year election. But how one defines “reform” is a matter of location and political perspective.

In Denver, reformers won four seats, shifting the pro-administration’s one-seat majority to a tilted six-seat majority, thereby leaving the union-backed so-called “neighborhood” advocates with little voice on the seven-member board.