A review of the lighter side, usually, of what happens at the state Capitol. Getting a little hard to find the humor of things these days…

That said, off to the races.


Bet you’ve never seen something like this before…The picture below shows a center cut from a tree that played an important role in the time of Ute Chief Ouray (1833-1880) before Colorado was a state.

The tree was the Ute Council tree, which according to a letter from Rep. Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction was important to Chief Ouray, his wife Chipeta and the Ute tribe. The three Ute tribes recognize the importance of the tree, a cottonwood, “for its connection to the time when some of their ancestors” resided in the Delta area. In 1962, it was added to a national registry of historic tree, according to Willett’s letter.

The tree for decades held a plaque in remembrance of Chief Ouray and Chipeta, but age finally claimed the tree and the last living portion was felled for safety reasons last August. The remains were made into rounds by the Delta Historical Society.

One of those rounds was made a gift to the state this week. Ute Mountain Ute Spiritual Leader Terry Knight and this year’s Little Miss Ute Mountain show off the round.

Reps. Marc Catlin of Montrose and Barbara McLachlan of Durango offered a tribute to the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute tribes Wednesday. “They’ve been here much longer than any of us,” Catlin said, and “have been taking care of the land for a long time. They love the land and have loved it for a long time.”

“We are so proud to have the culture and clarity of vision that these people add to our communities,” McLachlan added.

Words to live by.


Do they look that much alike?…To Senate President Kevin Grantham of Canon City, it might be time for a checkup with his optometrist. During a vote on Friday, he mixed up the identities of Sens. Nancy Todd of Aurora and Lois Court of Denver. So the Democratic caucus decided to, er, help? Sort of, by holding up signs with one or the other.

It was a brief moment of levity in a week that has been awfully tense, especially in the Senate.


Quote(s) of the week…this week comes to Capitol M from Sens. Bob Gardner, Grantham, Matt Jones and Rachel Zenzinger, in Wednesday night’s second-reading debate on Senate Bill 1, to fund transportation bonds without a tax hike.

In hopes that he isn’t headed to space anytime soon…Steve Staeger of KUSA and a frequent contributor to Next on 9 News, showed up at the Capitol on Monday. The space suit was part of Aerospace Day and Staeger decided to hop into one. It was NOT easy. He had to strip down to his skivvies to put the suit on as they are warmer than an electric blanket. Staeger is apparently 9News’ “resident rocket scientist” who then wandered around the halls of the Capitol drawing more than one raised eyebrow and a lot of “huh?” since communication coming from a space suit is not exactly clear.

In the words of the first great movie computer, HAL 9000: “I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.”

Note to Kyle Clark: sorry about Syracuse. Capitol M has seen the Orangemen in person just once, in one of the greatest basketball games of all time, in the 1987 national championship game in New Orleans between the Orangemen and Indiana University, where Capitol M got her undergrad degree.

Whew! Took a heck of a long time to get to the real point of THAT segment, which for Capitol M is always about Indiana basketball, despite its current status.




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