A Message From the President: November 2022

    Staff Changes

    Stephanie Shark, CMA’s Director of Marketing will be departing CMA this month to become Executive Director of the Reprographic Services Association. On behalf of the CMA Board, I want to thank Stephanie for her more than five years of service to CMA and its members.

    Stephanie has provided tremendous service to CMA, including hosting successful events such as the CMA Golf Tournament, Legislative Receptions, and the 2022 CMA Conference in Grand Junction. Besides organizing and executing our events, Stephanie performed nearly all the administrative tasks necessary to run an organization from budgeting to maintaining Association member records.

    We’re going to miss Stephanie not only because of her skill executing her tasks, but her professional and calm demeanor in working with the CMA Board, members and of course the CMA staff. Stephanie will continue working on a part-time basis to assist CMA in ensuring we continue to provide the highest level of service to the CMA membership.

    Please take the opportunity to congratulate Stephanie on her new position as well as thank her for her outstanding service to CMA and Colorado’s mining industry.

    A Surprising Election ResultBuy Maybe Not

    A “blue wave” hit Colorado as the predicted “red wave” was supposed to occur across the country. Colorado’s election results now demonstrate that Colorado is a blue state following a massive electoral blowout by Colorado Democrats all across Colorado. Not only did Republicans lose all statewide elections, lose seats in the state House and Senate, but also saw Congresswoman Lauren Boebert losing to Aspen Democrat Adam Frisch (results could change).

    Senator Michael Bennet easily won re-election. He claims he won because he supports the repeal of the Trump tax cuts and says Coloradans are rejecting “40 years of trickledown economics.” Senator Bennet appears to be emboldened to move to the left following the big wins by Colorado Democrats.

    Governor Jared Polis won easily as well but articulated his successful vision that his administration and democratic legislature passed a series of bills that “saved people money”, taking credit for constitutionally mandated taxpayer refunds.

    Finally, Colorado’s new 8th Congressional District which was drawn to be a very competitive seat appears to be won by Democrat Yadira Caraveo over State Senator and former Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. Again, we are awaiting final election results.

    Control of the U.S. Senate could be decided partly by the fate of Nevada Senate incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, a strong supporter of the hardrock mining industry, as was her predecessor Senator Harry Reid. Though Senator Mark Kelly is currently ahead in Arizona, a likely Georgia runoff in December could also determine the balance in the Senate.

    Due to this massive Colorado “blue wave” and the fact that the Democratic majority in both the Colorado House and Senate grew, we will likely continue to see legislation changing Colorado’s business climate that will need our input and expertise.

    St. Barbara’s Day Award Luncheon – Honoring Patron Saint Barbara and Tony Jenson

    CMA, SME, and the Denver Gold Group are pleased to present the 2022 St. Barbara’s Day award to Tony Jenson, former CEO of Royal Gold, during the annual St. Barbara’s Day Award Luncheon.

    Tony Jensen served in several leadership positions in the mining industry, including with Royal Gold and Placer Dome. Tony is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and recently received the AIME Daniel C. Jackling Award in 2020.

    Register to attend the event here.