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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 April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany.  The U.N. weather agency says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013. The World Meteorological Organization says the heat-trapping gas blamed for global warming was at global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year. That is an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year, which the Geneva-based agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 was the biggest year-to-year change in three decades. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Climate skeptics push back over new rise in carbon

The World Meteorological Organization warned this week that concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached a new high last year, but critics of climate change alarmism say that’s not necessarily a bad thing but instead a reflection of economic progress around the world. Published September 11, 2014

Former Alaska Democratic party gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallot (left) appears with newly independent candidate Bill Walker in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Walker and Mr. Mallott will combine on a unified ticket to face Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. (Associated Press)

'Unity ticket' forms in Alaska gubernatorial race

Alaska's Democratic and independent gubernatorial candidates announced Tuesday that they will join forces to run on the same ticket, a stunning decision aimed at creating a credible challenge to Republican Gov. Sean Parnell. Published September 2, 2014

State treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey speaks to supporters as he claims victory on winning the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.  Ducey defeated the other Republican candidates and will face Democrat Fred DuVal, who was unopposed in the primary, in November. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Poll says Arizona governor's race tied

Republican Doug Ducey is locked in a dead heat with Democrat Fred DuVal in the Arizona governor's race, according to the first poll taken since last week's primary contest. Published August 31, 2014

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who previously stated he was in favor of the death penalty, has been heard on an audiotape telling CNN journalists that he would consider granting "full clemency" to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap, who was convicted of multiple murders. (Associated Press)

Hickenlooper reverses course on Colorado death penalty

In a 45-minute audio interview with CNN conducted Feb. 6, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper intimates twice that if he loses in November, he would have the option of giving "full clemency" before leaving office to death row inmate Nathan Dunlap. Published August 25, 2014