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Ruby Dickson to be replaced in State House of Representatives

Colorado Democrats have chosen Chad Clifford to represent House District 37 in the State House of Representatives.

A Vacancy Committee chose him in a meeting last night. A lobbyist and police officer with the Colorado Rangers Shared Law Enforcement Reserve, Clifford will replace Ruby Dickson, a first-term lawmaker who resigned last year.

Chad Clifford’s time in the State House begins right away. State lawmakers convene next week. The 37th District covers Greenwood Village and Arapahoe County.

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Lynch announces candidacy for Colorado 4th Congressional District

At the same time, State House Minority Leader Mike Lynch is running to replace Ken Buck as U.S. Representative from Colorado’s 4th Congressional District.

Lynch, a Republican, made his candidacy official yesterday. He said he’s had his eye on the seat for a long time. He is currently in his second term as a state representative.

Republican Ken Buck announced he would not seek re-election when his current term ends.

Lynch’s opponents include U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert, who said last week that she’ll run for Buck’s seat by switching from the 3rd to the 4th district.

Lynch told the Denver Post that it shocked him that anyone would think the state needed them in Congress so badly that they would switch their constituent base.

He said that his top priorities as a U.S. lawmaker would include fentanyl and border security.

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State Supreme Court shooting suspect arrested

The man accused of shooting his way into the State Supreme Court Building in Denver early Tuesday was in the midst of a mental health crisis, according to his ex-wife.

44-year-old Brandon Olsen was arrested early Tuesday, after police say he caused extensive damage in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center. No one was hurt. Olsen’s ex-wife told the Denver Post that his actions were out of character for him, and that he has had mental health issues.

Olsen faces charges of arson, robbery, and burglary.

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State hearing for permit renewal for Cemex Cement Plant this friday

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will hold a public hearing at 4 PM Friday to discuss Cemex permit renewal request.

Good Neighbors of Lyons, a residential advocacy group, requested the hearing, stating that Cemex, the Mexico-based cement manufacturing plant in Lyons, should comply with the Clean Air Act or close. The group says Cemex, which is one of the largest polluters in Boulder County, has operated in Lyons for decades and consistently failed to comply with state or county air quality standards. They ask that the state modify Cemex’s permit to be stricter and include harsher and more timely consequences for Clean Air Act violations.

To register for the zoom meeting of the public hearing, click here.

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Stock Show will interrupt RTD service

The National Western Stock Show Parade in Denver will disrupt some of RTD’s light rail service today.

From 11 am to 2 pm, the D and H rail lines will end at the Theatre District-Convention Center station, according to the Denver Post. The L line will pause its usual service entirely.

The Free MallRide bus service is also affected by the parade: it will be suspended from 11:30 this morning until 1:30. Numerous bus routes will be detoured around the parade route.

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