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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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Floodwaters cut a residential neighborhood in two last year in Lyons, Colorado. Thousands of people living along Front Range were forced to evacuate. The freak storm, however, was not a result of man-made climate change, a scientific study shows. (Associated Press)

Scientists reject climate change link to Colorado floods

Climate change activists were quick to blame last year's unprecedented, devastating Colorado flooding on increased human-caused emissions in the atmosphere, but a study released this week says that's not the case. Published October 2, 2014

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Scalia defends keeping God, religion in public square

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that secularists are wrong when they argue the Constitution requires religious references to be banished from the public square. Published October 1, 2014

Dillon Taylor was reportedly unarmed when he was shot two times near a 7-Eleven on Aug. 11 after getting into a confrontation with police officers. (Facebook)

'Not white' Salt Lake officer 'justified' in shooting of unarmed youth

The Salt Lake County district attorney announced Tuesday that the minority police officer who fatally shot an unarmed white suspect was "legally justified," in a case that drew national attention in the aftermath of the racially charged police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Published September 30, 2014

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney didn't win Colorado two years ago as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, but he was back in the Rocky Mountain State on Monday, campaigning on behalf of the party's candidates for governor, Senate, the House and other offices. (Associated PRess)

Romney proves to be a draw in Colorado races

Luckily for Colorado Democrats, it's too late for a recount of the 2012 presidential race here, since Republican challenger Mitt Romney is proving vastly more popular on the campaign trail than President Obama. Published September 29, 2014

House Speaker John A. Boehner. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Boehner wants to stop 'butting heads' with president

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday he hopes to persuade President Obama after the November election to end the gridlock and tackle a host of contentious issues, including immigration reform and the Keystone XL pipeline. Published September 28, 2014

Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the Obama policy on Syria will be nothing like Bush-era war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

Obama says administration may have misjudged Islamic State

President Obama acknowledged Sunday that his administration misjudged the danger from the rising Islamic State, while House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said the result is that U.S. officials may have “no choice” but to send troops back to the Middle East. Published September 28, 2014

Protestors and police wrestle near a barricade on the corner of Wall Street and Broadway during a march demanding action on climate change and corporate greed, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, a day after a huge climate march in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Climate article points up tensions for newspaper

The Los Angeles Times won’t run letters from climate-change “deniers,” so readers may have been surprised to find an article in Monday’s edition on research concluding that natural changes in the wind — not fossil-fuel emissions — are driving West Coast land and sea warming. Published September 24, 2014