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According to a report released Tuesday by the National Park Service, Colorado's national parks received more than 5.6 million visits in 2010 generating just under $293 million in spending and accounting for 6366 jobs in the state.
Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, and Rep. Scott Tipton, a Republican, are miles apart on energy and environmental policy, but the two have come together on the issue of determining the future of Colorado National Monument between Grand Junction and Fruita.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall sent a letter to the National Park Service this week asking the federal agency to reconsider its rejection of the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction as a stage venue for this summer’s Quiznos Pro Challenge cycling race. The 600-mile stage race is the brainchild of cycling legend Lance Armstrong and former Gov. Bill Ritter. Armstrong Tuesday officially retired from professional cycling even as he continues to deal with an ongoing doping investigation looking into the past behavior of the seven-time Tour de France winner.