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Ed and Shannan Koucherik: Chamber should include all

The Craig Chamber of Commerce's current recruitment of the best large and small business of Moffat County is a pointed statement that no matter how well a business serves its customers, if that business is not a part of the Chamber, it can't possibly be a good business.

Obama's second inaugural is a political speech

President Barack Obama never mentioned the words Democrat or Republican, yet his second inaugural address was a decidedly political speech. The president was careful not to make his remarks overtly partisan, but he had a message for Republicans: Compromise and embrace government as part of the solution. Obama, emboldened by his re-election with ultimately comfortable margins, laid out a progressive agenda. He stood up for spending on entitlement programs, promoted immigration reform, gay marriage, tax reform and voter identification laws, and unexpectedly gave one of his most impassioned calls for climate change — an issue that has not been at the forefront of the political debate. "The president may have spent more time discussing climate change in this speech than his entire first term in office," said University of Michigan debate director Aaron Kall. He described the address as "certainly a bolder and riskier speech from a president that doesn't have to run for re-election again."

Ute Mountain Utes, Colorado update game agreement

(AP) — Colorado officials and the Ute Mountain Ute tribe have signed a memorandum of understanding updating an agreement on how wildlife will be managed in part of southwest Colorado. The 1874 Brunot Agreement ceded Ute lands to the U.S. government but preserved the right of Indians to hunt there.

Affidavit: Boulder cop told others he planned to kill elk

(AP) — A court document alleges that a Boulder police officer charged with poaching an elk and tampering with evidence told other officers a week beforehand that he planned to kill the animal. The Boulder Daily Camera reported Sunday (http://tinyurl.com/b9spk2k ) that an arrest warrant affidavit accused officer Sam Carter of mentioning a plan to kill the elk during a routine shift briefing on Dec. 26. The elk was shot on Jan. 1.