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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Robert "LaVoy" Finicum's casket is carried form the church during his funeral in Kanab, Utah,  Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Finicum was shot to death by law enforcement while he and other anti-government activists flocked to rural Harney County in Oregon. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP) ** FILE **

Oregon House passes bill to shield officer who shot 'LaVoy' Finicum

The Oregon House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would shield the identity of the officer who shot and killed Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, and potentially others, despite cross-ideological opposition from both Finicum supporters and Black Lives Matter. Published February 17, 2016

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