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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

Despite facing up to 130 years in prison in the early stages of the case, Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II was sentenced Saturday to just 30 days behind bars after a judge found him not guilty of the most devastating charges against him, including assault consummated by a battery and threats against co-workers. (

Sergeant on trial for sexual harassment in gender wars case

Tech. Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II listened stoically in court Wednesday as three female former co-workers described feeling uncomfortable, even violated, by his behavior toward them. One airman testified that he touched her on the thigh to get a better look at the tattoo peeking out from under her shorts. Another said he put his hands on her face and kissed her forehead after learning she was going through a painful divorce. Published November 11, 2015

Rep. Lamar Smith and other Republicans claim that the EPA's objectivity in assessing Alaska's Pebble Mine was suspect at best. (Associated Press)

EPA email trail reveals Alaska Pebble Mine plot

It didn't take long for Thursday's House committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency's role in blocking the Pebble Mine to start sounding less like a congressional probe and more like the plot of a Michael Crichton thriller. Published November 5, 2015

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's race is one of the marquee contests in what is otherwise a slow off-year Election Day. He lost his re-election bid. (Associated Press)

San Francisco's sanctuary city sheriff sent packing on election night

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid late Tuesday to challenger former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennessy after an uproar over his sanctuary city policy, which was blamed for the death of a woman in July at the hands of an illegal immigrant. Published November 4, 2015

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press)

Houston 'bathroom bill' rejected by voters

Conservatives cheered Tuesday after Houston voters overwhelmingly rejected a transgender-rights ordinance, while supporters of the so-called "bathroom bill" vowed to keep fighting. Published November 3, 2015