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Congratulations and best wishes to Clarity Media, the new owner of The Colorado Statesman. I’ve been writing for The Statesman since at least the early 1980s when I was commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and have always seen the newspaper as a vital player in Colorado’s political life. I see its value even more clearly having

Thirty Years Ago This Week in The Colorado Statesman … The John V. Christensen Award, the highest and post prestigious honor to be awarded by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), was awarded to the executive director of the Denver Technological Center, George MacKenzie Wallace.

The minimum wage in Colorado could go up to $12 an hour in four years, if state voters approve a constitutional amendment placed on the general election ballot Thursday. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced that the proposed ballot measure qualified for the Nov. 8 ballot. Backers of Initiative 101 submitted close to 200,000 signatures to the office on July 26. A 5-percent random sample of the submitted signatures projected the number of valid signatures to be 114,939, while 98,492 were required.