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Valerie Richardson

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

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Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell ordered an investigation into the EPA's 'raid' on family-run gold mining businesses. The EPA stood by it's actions, saying its investigations were done 'courteously.' (Associated press)

Report: EPA accused of overkill in 'raid' on Alaska gold-mine

Last year's Environmental Protection Agency raid on the small gold-mining town of Chicken, Alaska, constituted a clear case of overkill by federal authorities seeking violations of environmental regulations, according to an official review of the controversial incident released Thursday. Published March 13, 2014

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Six Senate seats could hinge on Keystone pipeline

After five years of stalling on the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama suddenly has a half-dozen compelling reasons to make up his mind, and all of them are running to retain their Senate seats. Published March 9, 2014

American actor Jared Leto poses as he arrives at Miu Miu's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)

Stars not aligned with polls on Keystone

It looks like actor and new Oscar laureate Jared Leto isn't quite on the same page with the bulk of his audience when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. Published March 7, 2014

The uproar over the decision by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday to veto the religious freedom bill in her home state will have a chilling effect on a handful of similar bills making their way through other state legislatures. (Associated Press)

Arizona veto likely to chill other religious freedom bills

The uproar over the religious freedom bill vetoed Wednesday by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to have a chilling effect on the handful of similar bills making their way through other state legislatures. Published February 27, 2014

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., holds up a letter he wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking that she consider waiving "Obamacare" for the 4th Congressional District of Colorado, as she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the difficulties plaguing the debut of the healthcare program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Colorado GOP switches candidates in effort to oust Sen. Udall

Rep. Cory Gardner will run for the Republican Senate nomination instead of seeking reelection, according to Republicans. At the same time, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said he will drop out of the Senate race and instead pursue the GOP nod for Mr. Gardner's House seat. Published February 26, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

U.S. warns Russia to keep its military out of Ukraine

The Obama administration warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday not to react too aggressively to the fast-moving developments in Ukraine, where pro-Western demonstrators forced the nation's Moscow-backed president from power over the weekend. Published February 23, 2014