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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

Articles by Valerie Richardson

In this July 7, 2017, file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron talks with U.S. President Donald Trump after the family photo on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Alliance of blue states vows to meet Paris climate goals without Trump

The governors of two dozen liberal states, described as the economic equivalent of "the third largest country in the world," said Wednesday they are on track to meet their share of the Paris climate agreement despite President Trump's decision to withdraw. Published September 20, 2017

In this Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, photo, a wildfire burns through residential areas near the mouth of Weber Canyon near Ogden, Utah. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP)

Wildfires in the West revive push to thin federal forests

Westerners are sick of it: the smoke, the evacuations, the moon turned burnt orange by soot, all driven by catastrophic wildfires by now so predictable that they practically have their own season. Published September 7, 2017