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Cooke vows to continue gun law fight to Supremes

GREELEY, Colo. – A sheriff in Colorado who spearheaded a lawsuit against the state’s radical gun laws, adopted by Democrats in 2013 and this week upheld by a federal judge, said the case is not over, vowing to take the battle all the way to the highest court in the land if necessary.   “These […]

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AP photo smears Trail Life boys with “Nazi” salute pose

By Jack Minor –   A conservative organization formed as an alternative to the Boy Scouts following their decision to allow homosexual scoutmasters is outraged after the AP posted a photo suggesting the group had ties to the Hitler Youth.   “I was horrified,” said John Stemberger, chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, […]

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Colorado lawmakers lawsuit against constitutional amendment limiting taxes moves forward

By Jack Minor –   A bizarre lawsuit by Colorado lawmakers arguing that a state constitutional amendment requiring them to go to voters before raising taxes has been allowed to move forwards after a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   In 1992, voters approved the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) which […]

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Historic call for Article V convention begins to reign in federal power

By Jack Minor –   Legislators in Georgia made history on Thursday when they passed an application calling for a Constitutional Convention in an attempt to rein in a federal government that many feel is out of control and has far exceeded its authority.   The Convention of States confirmed that Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly passed […]

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Judge: “Gay” rights trump First Amendment

WND -Another judge has ruled homosexuals have a right not to be offended that supersedes First Amendment religious rights. In the latest case, a Denver cake baker must make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding even if the message being conveyed in the ceremony violates his religious beliefs. “America was founded on the […]

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Judge gives Colorado governor gets pass on anti-gun laws

By Jack Minor —   Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has referred to rural residents of his state as “backwards thinking” and that they would have to suffer some “inconvenience” over gun control has been told by a federal judge he will not have to be questioned over his role in passage of the […]

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Polis wants Obamacare exemption for wealthy ski-resort county

By Jack Minor –   Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat who proudly voted for Obamacare is now complaining that the price tag will be too expensive for residents in his county and is asking for an exemption for his constituents.   “We will be encouraging a waiver. It will be difficult for Summit County […]

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Colorado sued over funding for abortion giant Planned Parenthood

Democratic leaders in Colorado, sympathetic to Planned Parenthood officials and their financial desires, have unconstitutionally handed over some $14 million from state taxpayers to the abortion industry giant, according to a new lawsuit has that been filed. The case is being brought by officials with the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of a former state official against Planned […]

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Financing the 51st State

By Weld County Commissioner Bill Garcia —   When discussing a 51st State, questions arise regarding finances and budgets.  An excellent point from which to begin this discussion is the findings of I-News, an arm of Rocky Mountain PBS, which prepared a study regarding fiscal aspects of a new state’s formation.  This study found the […]

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Feds give disaster designation to Morgan County

Fort Morgan Times –  The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday added Morgan County to its list of now 10 Colorado counties eligible for public assistance due to flooding in September. That federal disaster declaration, which was approved by President Barack Obama, was what the county needed so that public funding could become available to […]

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Foothills Mall construction delayed by developers

Coloradoan — With just 13 months to go before its scheduled reopening and a $53 million financing agreement with the city of Fort Collins still in negotiations, owners of Foothills Mall acknowledged Monday the project will not be ready in late 2014. The project will be built as envisioned, but it will take a little […]

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Senate GOP sets sights on repealing gun laws

Brush News Tribune – This year’s statehouse battles over new gun regulations could all return next year with a renewed debate.   House and Senate Republicans are poised to present a series of bills in the 2014 session that look to repeal or alter some of the gun-control legislation passed by Democrats and implemented into […]

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Cost of Colorado flood recovery begins to mount

Brush News Tribune – Throughout flood-ravaged communities, local, state and federal agencies are working together to restore normalcy and determine the extent of damage.   The repair estimate for state-owned roads and bridges alone is $430 million, according to Micki Trost, spokeswoman for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management.   The state’s estimated cost for […]

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Sen. Bennet favors bombing Syria

  Fort Morgan Times — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet favors military action in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons but said the choices available to the United States range from “worse to bad.”   “This is about picking your least bad outcome,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t think there’s any conceivable way that Syria […]

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Colorado pot flooding nearby states

Brush News Tribune — Marijuana is flowing into the black market and out of Colorado in greater quantities than ever before, law enforcement officials say.   It’s going by car and by bus. It’s being packed up and shipped through the mail. It’s being found, in small amounts and large bundles, as far away as […]

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Fort Morgan Leprino plant safe from closure

Fort Morgan Times —  Leprino Foods Company announced last week that it made the decision to close its Ravenna, Neb. facility in early November.   This difficult but necessary decision is driven by the technological advances at other facilities, the changing milk supply situation in the region and Leprino Foods’ continuing commitment to meet its […]

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Aurora shooter’s attorneys argue Colorado death penalty unconstitutional

Fort Morgan Times —  Lawyers for Aurora movie theater shooting defendant James Holmes want the judge in the case to declare Colorado’s death-penalty laws unconstitutional.   In multiple motions filed Friday and made public Tuesday, lawyers for Holmes say the state’s death-penalty laws are unconstitutionally arbitrary, that the jury-selection process unfairly skews the jury pool, and that […]

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High Park fire still costing taxpayers millions of dollars

Coloradoan — The High Park Fire went out more than a year ago, but millions of taxpayer dollars still are being used to deal with its aftermath.   The cost of addressing the widespread damage done to the foothills and watersheds west of Fort Collins is expected to go on for years to come.   […]

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Morgan County Sheriff’s office investigating teen drowning

Brush News Tribune — The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent drowning of a teenager at a private pond northeast of the Fort Morgan City limits Monday afternoon. Deputies, Fort Morgan Police and Fire and Morgan County Ambulance responded to a 3:35 p.m. 911 call reporting the drowning at the pond east of […]

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Loveland man to restore historic diner

Loveland Reporter Herald — Campers and trailers hauling the essentials of Labor Day weekend were so commonplace along U.S. 34 headed to Loveland on Monday that the 1950s-era diner being towed to its next home almost didn’t seem unusual. Besides, if everything goes the way Loveland resident Gene Stires plans, the community is about to […]

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Morgan Community College to pursue Glenn Miller documentary

Fort Morgan Times — Morgan Community College President Dr. Kerry Hart has announced the approval to pursue producing a documentary about Glenn Miller’s formative years in Fort Morgan. “The consent of Jonnie Miller Hoffman, Glenn Miller’s daughter, is wonderful news. It gives MCC’s Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) the ability to start investigating […]

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Justice Department will not challenge state marijuana laws

Coloradoan — The Justice Department will not attempt to challenge state laws that allow for the medical and recreational use of marijuana as long as the drug sales do not conflict with eight new federal enforcement priorities. Those include the distribution of marijuana to minors and sales that assist or act as cover for trafficking […]

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Colorado introduces new logo and slogan

Brush News Tribune – Fly the Colorado flag. Wave it. Love it. It’s a grand old flag. But the state flag couldn’t compete with a green triangle as the new Colorado logo. State officials will unveil the image and an accompanying slogan — “It’s our nature” — as the focal points of a new Colorado […]

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Online marketing helping spur economic recovery

As the US economy continues to sputter along, there does appear to be one surprising factor that is preventing it from becoming even worse, online marketing.   With the rise of the internet a new way for companies being able to make their presence known was created. In the past companies would have to advertise […]

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51st state idea resulting from decades old issues

by Jack Minor —   While the move by residents in several Colorado counties to secede from the state has been described as frustration over recent moves by the legislature in Denver, a retired political scientist and author says the move actually is a symptom of a much larger undercurrent of frustration that Republicans are […]

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Denver judge scolds Dem legislators for ignoring Constitution

by Jack Minor —   A series of bills passed by Colorado Democrats in the state legislature hit a snag last week after a judge berated the lawmakers for ignoring the state’s constitution.   “Writing an election law so clearly non-compliant with the state constitution,” Denver District Judge Robert McGahey said in a ruling, “I […]

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Colo. Planned Parenthood clinics shut down over costs of fighting personhood initiatives

by Jack Minor —   Planned Parenthood is closing a pair of clinics in Colorado, explaining it is short of money because of the millions of dollars it had to spend to convince voters not to approve so-called “personhood” amendments.   Pro-life groups twice have tried to pass amendments to the Colorado state constitution declaring […]

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Weld commissioners listen to residents, put 51st state issue on ballot

Striking a defiant tone against critics who have called them foolish, crybabies and other names, Weld County commissioners in Colorado voted unanimously to let the state’s residents vote on whether to pursue the idea of becoming the 51st state.   “The concerns of rural Coloradans have been ignored for years,” Bill Garcia, chairman of the […]

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GPS tracking unavailable for Fort Collins mosquito spraying

Coloradoan — Online tracking information for Colorado Mosquito Control trucks spraying for mosquitoes in Fort Collins will not be available.   The tracking page was overwhelmed by traffic seeking GPS information on the trucks Wednesday, causing the city’s entire site to crash, said Mike Calhoon, parks supervisor.   Stress tests done Thursday showed the system […]

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Wellington bank robbed hours after Fort Collins bank

Coloradoan — A Wellington bank was robbed late Thursday morning, roughly 18 hours after a Fort Collins bank robbery that might be connected with several others in Denver. “The Brothers Bandits,” two Russian men suspected of robbing four Denver-area banks earlier this month, might be the people who robbed the Fort Collins Wells Fargo on […]

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Semi hauling ice cream burns on I-25

Coloradoan — A semi-trailer hauling ice cream on southbound Interstate 25 rear-ended another semi-trailer, crashed and then burst into flames Thursday morning. The 11:30 a.m. crash, fire and ensuing diesel fuel cleanup kept southbound Interstate 25 closed for more than three hours. One lane reopened shortly before 3:30 p.m, while the other was reopened minutes […]

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Million Moms Against Gun Control to march in Logan County Fair parade

Sterling Journal Advocate — The Colorado branch of 1 Million Moms Against Gun Control is bringing a new entry to the Logan County Fair parade this year. Linda Elliott, the state coordinator for the organization, said the group is organizing an armed march in the parade after she received a request to come to Logan […]

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Fort Morgan Cargill plant certified for “tender” meat

Ft. Morgan Times — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture system for rating beef could mean consumers will have a better idea whether or not their meat is tender — and Cargill Meat Solutions is a part of that program. Cargill’s Fort Morgan beef plant has been certified to harvest, fabricate and package officially “tender” […]

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Morgan County Fair judge offers tips to kids on how to win

Ft. Morgan Times — The 4-H kids and teens who raised hogs for the showmanship competition got a bit of a treat during Monday’s competition when the judge offered them advice on how to win during the show. Swine judge Dustin Warren, from Sunray, Texas, spoke to both the kids showing their hogs and the […]

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Disabled Ft. Collins man disputes police ticket

Ft. Collins Coloradoan – Bulging scar tissue marks the right side of Steven Hodges’ forehead, a place vulnerable to bumps when he collapses into disorienting seizures. It was still taped from a previous injury last May, when the mentally disabled man was walking to a store near his Fort Collins home to get quarters for […]

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