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Valerie Richardson

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

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Homeowner Chris Ringdahl is comforted by family friend Katherine MacIntosh in front of her possessions as they clean up from the floodwaters in Longmont, Colo., on Monday. Floodwaters have affected a 4,500-square-mile section of the state, inundating entire neighborhoods and destroying bridges and roads. Officials turned thoughts to rebuilding. (associated press)

After the floods, a 'stronger' Colorado

Colorado officials drew inspiration from the Denver Broncos as they vowed Monday to rebuild the state's infrastructure better than it was after epic flooding destroyed homes, roads and bridges along the heavily populated Front Range. Published September 16, 2013

** FILE ** Genevieve Marquez (left) and Miranda Woodard help salvage and clean property in an area inundated after days of flooding in Hygeine, Colo., on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Flood-rocked Colorado finds inspiration in Peyton Manning, Broncos

Colorado officials drew inspiration from the Denver Broncos as they vowed Monday to rebuild the state's infrastructure better than it was after epic flooding destroyed homes, roads and bridges along the heavily populated Front Range. Published September 16, 2013

Railroad tracks were flooded in Longmont, Colo., during the weekend. The Colorado Transportation Department reported that 30 bridges have been destroyed and damage has not been assessed on several roads. (Associated Press Photographs)

Colorado: Another deluge, no relief from epic flooding

A summer that began with ferocious wildfires ended with disastrous floods in Colorado as a late burst of rain Sunday hampered rescue efforts and fueled flash-flood warnings in waterlogged communities. Published September 15, 2013

Recall of Colo. legislators hobbles Democrats

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hobbled into a news conference Wednesday on crutches after hip surgery, a fitting metaphor for state Democrats following this week's historic recall election. Published September 12, 2013

**FILE** During a two-day tour of rural parts of the state, Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper leaves the A.R. Mitchell Memorial Museum of Western Art, in Trinidad, Colo., on Aug. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Colorado recalls portend ill for Democratic governor

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper hobbled into a Wednesday press conference on crutches after hip surgery, a fitting metaphor for state Democrats following this week's historic recall election. Published September 12, 2013

Colorado state Sen. Angela Giron, a Democrat, is the focus of a recall vote Tuesday in Pueblo. Another recall is set for Colorado Springs. (Associated Press)

Colorado recalls for state legislators likely to be close

Tuesday's Colorado recall elections, pitting energized gun owners against well-funded Democrats, careened toward the finish line with weekend get-out-the-vote drives as analysts attempted to predict which way voters are leaning. Published September 8, 2013

**FILE** New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at City Hall in New York on Dec. 17, 2012. (Associated Press)

Bloomberg arms anti-gun lawmakers in Colorado with $350,000 to group

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is the single biggest contributor to a group that is helping two anti-gun state Democrats fend off a recall effort and save their state legislative seats, according to just-released campaign finance reports. Published August 28, 2013

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)

Colo. governor wants to keep state in one piece

Advocates of the effort to form a 51st state comprised of rural northern Colorado counties will have to do so without the support of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. Published August 25, 2013