Energy Secretary Rick Perry poses for a photo after speaking in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2018. Alex Cranberg, top second from left and Michael Bleyzer, top row fourth from left, two political supporters of Perry, secured a potentially lucrative oil-and-gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government. (U.S. Embassy Kyiv via AP)

Denver oilman Alex Cranberg and his partner secured huge Ukraine drilling deal after push from Rick Perry

Cranberg, a major Republican party donor, has supported Douglas County's controversial private-school voucher program

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published
Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Idaho Springs voters will decide whether to recall Mayor Michael Hillman after signatures are verified

Recall backers collected about twice the number of signatures required. The recall election will be held in February, March or April

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

BLM, citing public ire, demands intensive review of test bores before mine above Glenwood Springs can expand

Colorado River communities and U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton want close scrutiny of plan to grow a limestone quarry that many worry could disrupt Glenwood Springs' tourism economy and harm its beloved hot springs