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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

David Key, an insurance adjuster, examines the flood damage to his own backyard in Prairieville, Louisiana. After a series of storms dumped nearly 3 feet of rain on the area, Mr. Key fled with his wife and three children.. (Associated Press)

Obama's refusal to interrupt vacation amid Louisiana flooding stirs anger

President Obama is stirring resentment over his refusal to interrupt his Martha's Vineyard vacation to survey the Louisiana flood -- the worst U.S. natural disaster since 2012 -- while drawing comparisons to President George W. Bush's hotly criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in the same state. Published August 18, 2016

Protesters wave a banner during an attempt to disrupt a federal auction of drilling rights at a hotel in Lakewood, Colorado, on May 12. More than 200 people turned out to protest the Bureau of Land Management sale. (Associated Press)

Obama's bureaucratic tar pit keeps oil, gas in the ground

Even without the Keep It in the Ground protesters providing backup, the Bureau of Land Management scrapped another oil and gas lease sale scheduled for Thursday in Colorado -- which wasn't unusual. Published August 11, 2016