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Here’s our recap of our best stories of the last seven days from the Colorado Politics staff.

Texas city beats Denver to host National Medal of Honor Museum

> Acting BLM chief has long list of Colorado ethical red flags

> Former Colorado House Speaker, Denver representative Ruben Valdez dead at 82

Lifetime achievement award fitting for Valdez

Ruben Valdez, Rep. Laura DeHerrera, D-Denver, Rep. Doug Wayland, D-Denver and Rep. Wayne Knox, D-Denver, pose in front of the House chambers in the mid-1970s.

> Leo Lucero, a Pueblo lawmaker who championed education and racial equality, dies at 91

> Campaign to let Colorado keep TABOR refunds kicks off in Denver

> Lakewood mayoral candidates talk housing cap, crime on Colfax, affordable housing

> Colorado transportation forum focuses on saving lives — and a trooper's worst day

> Veteran news leader named Colorado Politics managing editor

> COVER STORY | Plain talk about the challenges facing rural Colorado

> INSIGHTS | Colorado recall bids lacked powder and a spark

> TRAIL MIX | Gardner's foes play the percentage game

> LYNN BARTELS | Community news is reborn in North Denver

james ranch

The cattle check out a visitor to their green grass in a field at the James Ranch outside Durango. (Christian Murdoch, The Gazette)

> Hancock to proceed with search for new Denver sheriff, even as council weighs changing how post is filled

> Denver City Council passes new law raising minimum age to buy tobacco, vaping products to 21

> Denver negotiating agreement over development of Park Hill Golf Club

> Denver City Council could get expert advice, without mayoral approval, under proposed charter change

> Colorado's Bennet raises $2.1M for presidential campaign in 3rd quarter

> Rep. Chris Hansen to run for Sen. Lois Court's Senate seat in Denver

> Colorado's Approval Voting Party achieves minor party status

> Cory Gardner, other GOP senators face minefield with Trump impeachment push

> Utility's move away from coal-fired power could hasten shutdown of Colorado plant

Hickenlooper is only Colorado Democratic Senate contender to skip climate forum

> Agriculture groups endorse Colorado ballot measure on sports betting

> Colorado voters prioritize outdoor issues when voting, advocacy group's survey says

> Rancher, water expert wins key endorsement for southern Colorado Senate seat

> El Paso County Democrats retract request for Polis town hall

> Most of Colorado begins new water year in low-level drought

DAVID RAMSEY | Washington Post reporter reveals thrills, chills of covering Donald J. Trump

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