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Supporting caregivers and the new American family

Guest Contributor

Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans every day perform a great labor of love: caring for parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes.

Sometimes these family caregivers are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week — while also holding down a full-time job — and often they can’t even take a break. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, transportation and chores. Many perform complex medical tasks like wound care, giving injections and complicated medication management.

Campaign 2016

Carroll launches challenge to Coffman in 6th CD

The Colorado Statesman

Following more than a month of speculation after she began publicly weighing a run, Senate Minority Leader Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, announced on Tuesday that she plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in the competitive 6th Congressional District.

Courts

Justice Gregory Hobbs reflects on water, justice

The Colorado Statesman

“Get a tie. A real tie!”

For Coloradans who follow the stylings of Gov. John Hickenlooper, that might sound familiar. But that’s advice Justice Gregory L. Hobbs got the day he was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court.

After almost two decades on the bench, the Supreme Court will lose its most respected expert on water law. Hobbs steps down on Aug. 31.

When Gov. Roy Romer decided to appoint Hobbs to the state’s highest court in 1996, it was the realization of a career-long goal for the attorney. But Hobbs jokes a little about the day he learned he would be Romer’s pick.

Colorado Concern's Richardson: State's economy ‘very good and getting better’

The Colorado Statesman

There’s not much about Colorado’s economy that Blair Richardson isn’t able to discuss.

As chairman of the board at Colorado Concern, Richardson leads the alliance of more than 100 of the state’s top executives, who work to advance the interests of the business community.

And he is excited about the state of Colorado’s economy.

Wayposts

Cable pioneer Glenn R. Jones passes

Cable pioneer Glenn R. Jones died on Tuesday. He was 85.

Jones founded Jones Intercable, which grew to be one of the 10 largest cable operators in the country, in 1967 in Georgetown after borrowing $400 against his Volkswagon. Although his company sold in 1999 to Comcast, he was active for decades in the cable, distance education, training and entertainment fields.

Chatter

GOP Senate candidates emerge, others in wings?

Another Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate announced his run this week, but observers on both sides of the aisle — and from Colorado to the nation’s capital — are still left wondering when the “real” candidate is going to get into the race to challenge Democrat Michael Bennet.

News From Yesteryear

Linkhart says it’s time for domestic partners law, Buchanan embarks on petition drive for Senate

The Colorado Statesman

Twenty-five Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Neighborhood activist and Statesman columnist Doug Linkhart marked Gay Pride Month as a time to “celebrate differences among people and the freedom to live as we choose,” but he noted that progress “establishing equal treatment for homosexuals” has been hampered by those threatened by change to the status quo. Some cities, including Boulder, had recently enacted equal protection ordinances to prohibit discrimination, and Denver was working on one.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: Urge EPA to uphold Renewable Fuel Standard, because it’s working

Editor:

The EPA recently snubbed the Renewable Fuel Standard with a revision to the rule that would cut corn ethanol obligations by 3.75 billion gallons over three years — equivalent to a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.

We can’t help but ask, "Why?”

Perhaps the EPA has forgotten the RFS is working.

Massive land swap bid near Vail fuels debate over public lands

The Colorado Statesman

VAIL — A large proposed land swap between a private developer and the U.S. Forest Service near Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas has rekindled the always-smoldering debate over what constitutes the “best public interest” on federally owned public lands in Colorado.

More than 36 percent of Colorado is owned by the federal government and managed under a multiple-use policy that allows for everything from outdoor recreation to timber harvesting to cattle grazing, mining and oil and gas drilling. Outright housing development is not on the list.

Ethics panel accepts ex-lawmaker’s guilt admission in tale of two Kings

The Colorado Statesman

The Independent Ethics Commission’s vote Tuesday on disgraced former state Sen. Steve King might have seemed like overkill to some, but not to Kevin King.

It was King who filed the ethics complaint against the ex-Republican lawmaker almost exactly a year ago, before Steve King pleaded guilty to embezzlement and official misconduct for submitting falsified timecards to two government employers.