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Hickenlooper presents first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan in response to 2013 executive order

On Dec. 10, Gov. John Hickenlooper presented the first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan, praising the work of hundreds of participants across the state for their role in building a collaborative approach for navigating Colorado’s water challenges.

Jeb Bush gets early gift at Lincoln Club holiday party

The Colorado Statesman

The Lincoln Club of Colorado’s third annual holiday party rang in the seasonal cheer on Wednesday night at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association’s building in Denver, giving members a chance to toast Republican victories on last month’s ballot and look forward to more success in the new year.


Denver Republicans celebrate Christmas early with statewide wins

The Colorado Statesman

Denver Republicans haven’t had much to toast in the aftermath of elections for the past decade — beyond camaraderie in the face of mounting Democratic wins -— but this year it was different.

“Don’t we have a lot to celebrate this year?” asked Denver Republican Chair Wendy Warner at the county GOP’s Christmas party on Saturday. The hundred or so revelers gathered at the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association headquarters raised their glasses to toast the candidates who won statewide, due in part to closer-than-usual margins in Democratic-dominated Denver.

Denver Young Democrats have a good old time

The Colorado Statesman

Democrats young and, er, older alike toasted the holidays at what has become a traditional festive gathering thrown by the Denver Young Democrats on Thursday at the Governor’s Residence — officially, it’s the Boettcher Mansion — in Denver.

Some ugly sweaters but pretty good times at R&R’s holiday party

The innovative folks at R&R Partners got double bang for the buck on Dec. 4 when they celebrated both the upcoming holidays and the grand opening of their new very large office space in Centennial, which will soon feature a huge wrap-around deck for events and parties that will provide both city and mountain views. It was also the introduction of R&R’s new yuletide tradition of an Ugly Sweater Contest.

AARP 2015 Colorado legislative priorities

AARP Colorado supports bill to increase senior services, among others

Colorado’s 65+ population will increase by 123 percent between 2010 and 2030, according to the Bell Policy Center, who cites its sources as the University of Denver: Financing Colorado’s Future: An Analysis of the Fiscal Sustainability of State Government, April 2011; State Demography Office, Colorado’s Aging Trends, Department of local Affairs March 2012; and Colorado Health Institute: Long-Term Services and Supports in Colorado, November 2011. Meanwhile, senior services for older Coloradans remain sorely underfunded.

On the move

Regional transportation system expected to double in size by ‘17
Contributing Columnist

Transit aficionados and elected officials recently got a sneak peek at the commuter rail cars that will serve DIA, the Gold Line across Arvada, a Westminster spur and the North Metro Rail Line through Thornton, eventually reaching 162nd Avenue and I-25. Together with the light rail extension under construction between the Nine Mile station at Parker and I-225, which will serve the University of Colorado Hospital and Anschutz campus connecting to the East rail corridor at Peoria and I-70, Denver’s regional transit system will more than double its current size during 2016 and 2017.

Chef Hashimoto brings authentic ramen to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Ramen. Despite its growing popularity in the U.S., the Japanese noodle dish is still largely associated with those savory, sodium-packed, dried cakes of noodles popular with college students and journalists everywhere. While it’s true that pre-packaged ramen packs a pretty big caloric bang for your buck, it’s a far cry from authentic ramen. With a rising number of ramen restaurants, Denver seems to be catching on to the trend that is already wildly popular in many large metropolitan areas. One of the newest members of the scene?

Joint Budget Committee already looking at numbers

Governor submitted budget before Election Day; TABOR refunds could be considered
Contributing Columnist

Colorado law requires the Governor to issue an annual budget proposal each year on the first Monday in November. Since the six members of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee ultimately draft the state’s budget, it is often argued this can prove a wasted exercise. When the Governor’s party controls one or more of the legislative chambers, his or her budget proposal enjoys some chance of being considered. Otherwise, a Governor’s preferences can be and generally are ignored by the JBC.

Thankful for Regis Groff

... and his family for paying it forward

With the 2014 elections now behind us and the airwaves finally devoid of those constant blithering attack ads, we can safely breathe a sigh of relief and move on to the Thanksgiving holiday. In expressing gratitude for our many blessings, we need to realize that despite the especially rough and tumble election season that we all just witnessed, there is still a lot to be said for our form of democracy, which allows for free elections and freedom of speech.