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Cañon City activist chooses legislation over litigation in battle with uranium...

Sharyn Cunningham and her family bought five acres in Cañon City’s Lincoln Park neighborhood in 1994, and for eight years they used a drinking water well contaminated by the nearby Cotter uranium mill.

Uranium surge prompts Colorado lawmakers to call for stiff cleanup regulations

A coalition of conservation groups warily eyeing a possible resurgence of Colorado uranium mining in the wake of a national push for more nuclear energy rallied support for a bipartisan uranium cleanup bill at the Capitol Thursday.

Full-strength beer battle coming to a head

Tom Mullen of Eagle-Vail could see 20 years of hard work in the retail liquor business evaporate if the state legislature passes a law allowing full-strength beer to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores. Backers of the legislation — H.B. 1192 — sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, and Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, argue it’s time to roll back the Prohibition-era holdover mandating that only weaker, 3.2-percent-alcohol beer be sold in such stores. But Mullen, who owns and operates West Vail Liquor Mart, argues the 1,650 independent liquor retailers in Colorado will be devastated by out-of-state corporations controlling the market.

NIMBY cries greet prospects Gitmo detainees could be moved to Colorado

While civil libertarians and former CIA agents cheered news President Barack Obama plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, some Colorado politicians are crying foul at the prospect detainees could be shipped to the federal Supermax prison in Florence.

Staffing new prison a ‘daunting task’ in faltering economy

While Colorado has begun construction on a new 320-bed super maximum security prison, public officials are still wondering how it will be staffed adequately under a sluggish economy and a statewide hiring freeze.

Prison riot revelations spark calls for transparency

The federal government needs to be more transparent in providing local communities with information about the violent incidents that occur in Colorado prisons. That's the message from public officials reacting to recent news that a prison in the state has been on lockdown status since August, just months after a violent yard riot in April left two inmates dead.

Lawmaker’s Oklahoma Visit Aims to Help Outsourced Inmates

State corrections officials intend to keep a close eye on the privately-run North Fork Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, where outsourced inmates from Colorado are...

State Lawmaker Hopes National Exposure Will Ignite Supermax Investigation

The federal Supermax prison in Florence Colorado is getting more media attention than ever before, but will it be enough to prompt a congressional...

Congress To Tackle Prison Staffing Woes

If an appropriations bill for the Department of Justice is passed as is, federal corrections employees will have a little more job security. A...

Rattling Cages

Private prison contracts sure aren't what they used to be. Or maybe they never were all that ethical to begin with. Either way, Rep....