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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

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

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Robert "LaVoy" Finicum's casket is carried form the church during his funeral in Kanab, Utah,  Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Finicum was shot to death by law enforcement while he and other anti-government activists flocked to rural Harney County in Oregon. (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP) ** FILE **

Oregon House passes bill to shield officer who shot 'LaVoy' Finicum

The Oregon House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday that would shield the identity of the officer who shot and killed Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, and potentially others, despite cross-ideological opposition from both Finicum supporters and Black Lives Matter. Published February 17, 2016

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has apologized on behalf of the agency for the Gold King Mine spill and pledged to clean up the contamination. (Associated Press)

EPA coordinator knew of Gold King Mine's blowout danger, email reveals

An internal email unearthed by House Republicans shows that the Environmental Protection Agency on-site coordinator knew that there was "a lot of water" behind the plug at the Gold King Mine — but didn't check to see how much before removing loose dirt. Published February 11, 2016