Some of Sen. Mark Udall’s efforts to help fight forest fires have backfired
WASHINGTON — Several attempts by Sen. Mark Udall to help Colorado fight forest fires have backfired, including his effort to acquire funding the state already received and his insistence on using retired military aircraft that critics say are not suited for battling blazes.
Udall is pressuring the Forest Service to take 14 soon-to-be retired C-27J Spartans off the Air Force’s hands to create its own fleet to drop fire retardant on forest fires. Read more »
More than 41,000 people have been evacuated since the fire was reported Tuesday
COLO. SPRINGS – Barely a year after the Waldo Canyon inferno ravaged the Mountain Shadows community, a blaze ripped through the Black Forest community in El Paso County, killing two people and destroying 379 homes by Thursday night.
“We were truly hoping that we could get from day to day without coming across news like this,” said El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa of the deaths. Read more »
Two of the five commissioners were contributors to the campaigns of Gessler’s past Democrat opponents
Let’s just say there were no gasps of surprise here at Cheap Seats when the Independent Ethics Commission voted Thursday to admonish Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
From the start, the commission’s decision to twist its mandate beyond all recognition in order to punish the Republican Gessler has been a tawdry government witch-hunt reminiscent of the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of Tea Party groups. Read more »
A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Hickenlooper neck-and-neck with his GOP challengers
DENVER – Two-thirds of Coloradans oppose Governor John Hickenlooper’s decision to block the execution of convicted murderer Nathan Dunlap, and the Democrat is now polling more-or-less even with his potential Republican challengers, according to the results of a new Quinnipiac survey. Read more »
Hickenlooper said he’s heard plenty of criticism since he issued an order blocking Dunlap’s execution
DENVER–It may not have come across as a profile in courage, but Gov. John Hickenlooper insisted Wednesday that his decision to grant an indefinite reprieve to Death Row inmate Nathan Dunlap wasn’t an act of political cowardice.
In his monthly interview with talk-show host Mike Rosen on KOA-AM, Hickenlooper said he knew he would come under heavy criticism by giving the convicted killer a temporary stay of execution. Read more »