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Mary Bazel has given up on Rep. Mike Coffman.

The 70-year-old retired civilian staffer at the Defense Department is a registered Democrat in suburban Denver who prides herself on not blindly voting for her party. She's regularly voted for Coffman, welcoming his moderate stance on immigration and his military service record.

But Coffman's streak with Bazel has run out thanks to President Donald Trump. The congressman may differ with Trump sometimes, but Bazel yearns for Democrats to control the House so they can launch investigations and provide a check on the president.

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Democrat Jared Polis is leading Republican Walker Stapleton in Colorado's governor's race.

A recent bi-partisan poll of likely voters found Polis' seven-point lead is driven by his appeal with unaffiliated and female voters. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus four percentage points.

Federal regulators sued the Greeley, Colorado-based trucking firm JBS Carriers, alleging it violated federal law by using pre-employment screening to reject job applicants on the basis of disability.

JBS Carriers spokeswoman Misty Barnes tells The Tribune in Greeley it disputes the allegations made by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a lawsuit filed last month in Denver.

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Details are emerging of the FBI’s recent interview with a Boulder woman who claims U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her during their college years.

Deborah Ramirez’s attorney tweeted that she spoke to investigators for two hours this past Sunday. During the conversation, she identified more than 20 additional witnesses who may have corroborating information.

Her attorney, John Clune, described her interview as detailed and productive but expressed concern the FBI is not conducting a “serious investigation” due to time constraints.

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A White House drug office official has told a Colorado senator that an administration marijuana policy committee will be objective and dispassionate in its work.

Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet on Monday disclosed the assurances after he asked the Executive Office of the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy to respond to a news report that its marijuana policy co-ordination committee aimed to counter growing public support for the drug.

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Time is running out to see polar bears at the Denver Zoo -- at least for a while.

This fall the zoo’s two resident bears -- Cranbeary and Lee -- are being sent to other zoos in the hope that they will produce offspring, said Brian Aucone, the zoo’s senior vice president for animal sciences.

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A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it.

Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills.

A Senate panel is set to vote Tuesday on a bipartisan bill to permanently reauthorize the fund and ensure it is fully paid for.

Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials.

The Arizona Republic reports that the state water officials also want to join in a larger proposed deal to prevent Lake Mead from dropping even further.

CSU

The president of Colorado State University is stepping down in July, when he will begin working full time as the chancellor of the CSU system.

Tony Frank has been president of CSU for a decade, overseeing record enrollment and donations and campus construction. In 2015, chancellor duties were added.

Frank said Sunday that the university in Fort Collins deserves a full-time president.

As chancellor, Frank will oversee CSU's campuses in Fort Collins and Pueblo as well as the online university CSU Global.

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When you walk into the Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins, you can’t miss the colored paper people cover the wall. When a child client comes in, they are encouraged to color a person and stick it anywhere they want.

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