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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has apologized on behalf of the agency for the Gold King Mine spill and pledged to clean up the contamination. (Associated Press)

EPA coordinator knew of Gold King Mine's blowout danger, email reveals

An internal email unearthed by House Republicans shows that the Environmental Protection Agency on-site coordinator knew that there was "a lot of water" behind the plug at the Gold King Mine — but didn't check to see how much before removing loose dirt. Published February 11, 2016

David Daleiden, one of the two pro-life activists indicted last week, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday in Houston. Mr. Daleiden and Sandra Merritt are charged with tampering with a governmental record, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (Associated Press)

Pro-life investigator surrenders, posts bail

Pro-life investigator David Daleiden posted bail Thursday in Houston while his attorneys said he would refuse a plea deal on charges stemming from his undercover probe of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. Published February 4, 2016

Todd McKernan, son of late Broncos Barrel Man Tim McKernan, rallies fans as they wait for the team to board a plane at Denver International Airport on its way to Super Bowl 50. (Associated Press)

Mile High anxiety: Broncos fans fear yet another Super Bowl blowout

Fans of the Denver Broncos are reeling from a bad case of Mile High anxiety. With this year's game, the Broncos now share the NFL record for most Super Bowl appearances with eight. But the team has also lost more championship games than any other team with five, none of them close, most recently the nightmare 43-8 blowout against the Seattle Seahawks two years ago. Published February 4, 2016

A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Oregon Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Finicum was killed Tuesday night in a confrontation with the FBI and Oregon State Police on a remote road. Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge held their position Sunday. They have demanded that they be allowed to leave without being arrested. (AP Photo/Nick K. Geranios)

FBI video fails to calm uproar over Oregon shooting

The FBI video showing the death of Oregon occupier Robert "LaVoy" Finicum last week was supposed to put to rest doubts about the shooting's legitimacy, but the footage has instead raised as many questions as it answers. Published February 3, 2016

Rancher Cliven Bundy declared that despite his sons Ammon and Ryan being arrested for their part in the takeover of a Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building that the occupation will continue. (Associated Press)

Bundy declares that occupation will continue on

It seemed last week as if the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters would soon collapse, but now Cliven Bundy says the occupation will continue indefinitely. Published February 2, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets voters as he visits a caucus site Monday in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Heavy turnout boosts insurgents in Iowa

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders were locked in a tight battle in early returns from Iowa's caucuses Monday night, as were Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on the GOP side, with the billionaire businessman looking for voters to validate his unorthodox campaign. Published February 1, 2016

A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Oregon. Mr. Finicum was killed Tuesday in a confrontation with the FBI and Oregon State Police. Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge held their position Sunday. (Associated Press)

Stubborn core still in refuge standoff

They are proving a small but stubborn band as the last four anti-government occupiers remained dug in Sunday at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge while activity swirled outside the perimeter. Published January 31, 2016