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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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FILE -In this June 12, 2014 file photo, natural gas is burned off near pumps in Watford City, N.D. As Trump rolls back some Obama-era rules on climate-changing methane pollution, Colorado officials say their regulations have reduced oil field leaks. A report released Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, shows required state inspections helped find and repair 73,000 methane leaks over three years. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Trump administration curbs Obama-era methane-waste rule

The Trump administration toppled another pillar of President Obama's climate change legacy, reining in the "flawed" rule designed to tighten restrictions on methane leaks from drilling operations on federal lands. Published September 18, 2018

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) sits on the sidelines during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hardly any NFL players kneel for anthem in Week 2

All the hoopla over the Nike ad campaign lionizing Colin Kaepernick has obscured the fact that hardly any players are kneeling this season during the national anthem. Published September 16, 2018

FILE- In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waits to speak during a meeting of the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.  As Warren edges toward a possible challenge of President Donald Trump in 2020, she's been rather awkwardly revisiting something that's caused her headaches and ridicule _ her past claims of Native American heritage. Political analysts _ and some voters _ say Warren needs to distance herself from the family narrative that has inspired the president to repeatedly scorn her as "Pocahontas."  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

'Real Indian' candidate's father occupies Elizabeth Warren's office in debate protest

The father of independent Massachusetts Senate candidate Shiva Ayyadurai held a sit-in Wednesday at the district office of Sen. Elizabeth Warren to protest his son's exclusion from candidate debates. Vellayappa Ayyadurai, 85, said in a video posted on Twitter that he would remain in her office at the JFK Federal Building in Boston "until Sen. Elizabeth Warren allows my son to speak in the senatorial debate." Published September 12, 2018

In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Jany Leveille, from left, with her attorney Kelly Golightley, and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj with attorney Tom Clark listen to the prosecutor during a hearing on a motion to dismiss in the Taos County Courthouse. Federal prosecutors say the FBI has arrested five former residents, including Leveille and Wahhaj, of a ramshackle compound in northern New Mexico on firearms and conspiracy charges as local prosecutors dropped charges in the death of a 3-year-old boy at the property. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said Friday, Aug. 31, his office will now seek grand jury indictments involving the death. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

New Mexico compound clan held in custody until trial

A federal grand jury in Albuquerque has indicted the five Wahhaj defendants on firearms and conspiracy charges stemming from their alleged plot to train children as school shooters at a remote New Mexico compound. Published September 12, 2018

In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a town hall style gathering in Woburn, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Warren unloads on Trump administration over stalled Indian casino project

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slammed the Trump administration after it threw a $1 billion casino project into doubt by ruling the federal government could not take land into trust for a Massachusetts tribe, an issue she has championed as she fights criticism over her disputed claims of Cherokee ancestry. Published September 10, 2018