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Duncan: Coal drives energy policy, economy

Duncan: Coal drives energy policy, economy

On Wednesday two candidates vying for the highest office in the land participated in the first 2012 presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver. Mike Duncan, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity headquartered in Washington, D.C., said Colorado was an appropriate venue for a debate in which the economy was the dominant theme. Not only is Colorado a key battleground state for President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney in the upcoming general election, it’s also a state with a thriving coal production industry, Duncan said.

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Craig elementary and middle school students making ornaments for Capitol Christmas Tree

Although it’s only the beginning of October, Steve Martinson’s elementary art students are busy painting Christmas trees on ornaments they’re making. Elementary and middle school students are making ornaments to adorn the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, coming from the White River National Forest at Meeker this year.

High court rejects challenge to non-Colo. roadless rule

(AP) — Environmental groups hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, ending one of the main legal battles that had left the rule in doubt for more than a decade. "The Supreme Court action validates arguably one of most important public land conservation polices in a generation," said Jane Danowitz, a director of the Pew Environment Group, which has worked on the rulemaking since 1998. "Without the roadless rule and its national standard of protection these millions of acres of pristine forest land could be opened to a variety of development, including logging, mining and drilling." The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision in a case brought by the state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton. Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.

Adam John Mercier: No one deserves my vote

Adam John Mercier: Letter to Editor

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

On The Record for Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

Drought expected to affect waterfowl hunters

(AP) — Drought conditions have affected waterfowl habitat on the Eastern Plains so much that hunters may have to work harder to find ducks and geese this fall and winter. Jim Gammonley is an avian research program leader for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He says the lack of moisture in Colorado this year may force many birds from the north to migrate elsewhere in search of better conditions.