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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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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, facing a secession movement, said "when I think of Colorado, it means all of our diverse communities and people." (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Colorado secession proposal lags in some counties

Those planning to move to a newly created 51st state carved from secession-minded rural counties in Northern Colorado may want to hold off on renting the U-Haul. Published November 5, 2013

FILE -- This May 12, 2006 file photo shows Homaidan al-Turki, right, and his wife Sarah Khonaizan as they arrive for a hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse in Centennial, Colo. Homaidan al-Turki, a Saudi national serving eight years in prison in Colorado on a sexual assault conviction, appeared at a hearing today Oct.24, 2013, to ask a judge to release him from prison and allow him to serve probation instead. He seeks to be deported to his home country to serve the rest of his sentence.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

Saudis lobby for release of Colo. sex offender

On the surface, Homaidan al-Turki may not seem like the world's most sympathetic prison inmate, given his 2006 conviction for keeping his Indonesian housekeeper as a sex slave for four years. Published November 3, 2013

A protester carries a sign and wears a pin during a pro-coal rally in front of the state Capitol, in Denver, Wednesday Oct. 30, 2013. Various industry groups came together for the protest Wednesday, while nearby the Environmental Protection Agency held hearings on future rules to stem emissions from existing power plants, in one of 11 meetings being held across the country. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Coal advocates press case to EPA

Environmental Protection Agency officials received an earful at Wednesday's listening-tour stop in Denver as most speakers urged the agency to stop what they described as the Obama administration's war on the coal industry. Published October 30, 2013

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, right, flanked by Tim Knight, who led the recall movement in Colorado against two state legislators for the votes on gun control laws,  announced that they are considering a recall campaign against five Democratic state lawmakers for their support of gun control bills in California, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California gun grab triggers Colorado-style recall launch

California gun-rights advocates, emboldened by last month's successful Colorado recall vote, announced Thursday that they plan to target vulnerable Democratic legislators for recall over their support for sweeping gun-control legislation. Published October 25, 2013

Anti-fracking proponents maintain the ballot initiatives in several Colorado cities are needed because of the pro-development bent of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Any proposal to restrict hydraulic fracturing is likely to be challenged and end up in court. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Cities in Colo. to vote on fracking moratorium

It's been a tough year for the oil-and-gas industry in Colorado: First its operations were clobbered in last month's historic floods, and now they're fighting four anti-fracking measures on local ballots. Published October 20, 2013