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Farms and Cities Vie for South Platte River Water

Farms and Cities Vie for South Platte River Water
The South Platte River is running big this year, and the mud in the fields around Sterling is boot-deep. Water is everywhere, overflowing levees near the pastures, corn and hayfields north of town. The swales along roadsides and railroad tracks are swamped, and backyards are squishy, so the ranchers are in the coffee shops, waiting it out.
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Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years

Huge Court Backlog Keeps Immigrants in Limbo for Years
Glenwood Springs immigration attorney Erin Richards has two clients who should be well on their way to becoming U.S. citizens. They have spouses and children who are citizens. They have clean records. They have steady jobs. And they have taken the necessary steps to go before an immigration court and petition to become citizens.
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Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison

Lawmakers Try to Stop Bleeding Money on CO’s Multimillion-Dollar Empty Prison
The 948 one-person cells of Colorado State Penitentiary II have been empty for nearly three years. The abandoned facility costs taxpayers $20 million per year. Now, lawmakers say they’re working on a plan to put the facility back to use.
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CO Father & Son Nevilles Introduce Controversial Parents' Bill of Rights to Senate

CO Father & Son Nevilles Introduce Controversial Parents' Bill of Rights to Senate
Their proposals include a law that would allow Coloradans to carry concealed weapons in schools and one that would ratchet up permitting codes on women's health clinics in an effort to close facilities and limit access to abortion services.
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Udall Could and Should Still Release the Full Torture Report

Udall Could and Should Still Release the Full Torture Report
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him. For the week he remains in office, he still sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He worked on that committee’s epic, 6,700-page, still-secret report, the “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” otherwise known as the torture report. The intelligence committee has recently released a heavily redacted declassified executive summary of
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Grand Canyon wolf visit signals possible Colorado comeback for the species

FRISCO, Colo. — As the Grand Canyon’s new lone wolf howls at the silvery moon from the Kaibab Plateau this winter, biologists hope to learn more about how the West’s great predators may someday recolonize their ancestral hunting grounds — including Colorado.
The last time a wolf peered over the edge of the canyon was nearly a lifetime ago — 70 years, biologists say. But in early October, a solitary wolf from the northern Rockies turned up in northern Arizona after wandering at least 450 miles. The long-distance journey — along with similar treks by
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CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit

CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit
The CIA admits that it actually did spy on Congress, hacking Senate Intelligence Committee files and filing a bogus report to the Justice Department.
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Enough's Enough, Judge Says: Decade of Foot-Dragging Threatens Endangered CO Bobcat Recovery

Enough's Enough, Judge Says: Decade of Foot-Dragging Threatens Endangered CO Bobcat Recovery
Rocky Mountain lynx, or bobcat, populations have dwindled while the US Fish and Wildlife Service has twiddled its thumbs on a recovery plan. Well, twelve years is plenty of time, a judge ruled recently, giving the department 30 days to present a final plan.
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Liberals, Take Note: Dems Ran on Gun Control in VA and Won

Liberals, Take Note: Dems Ran on Gun Control in VA and Won
Just when it had become clear from the Colorado recalls that the NRA and its allies had scared Democrats around the land from ever mentioning guns again, it seems that not all the votes had been counted.
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Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family

Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Family
Our political lesson for today: It’s getting harder and harder to oppose same-sex marriage. And it’s harder still when your sister is a lesbian with a wife and two kids and when your famous rightwing father, who’s famously against nearly everything, says he supports gay marriage.
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