Colorado State Legislature

The gun debate that riveted the state capitol in 2013, once again took center stage Monday. Fewer people came to the capitol to testify on a key gun bill than the last round, but emotions were still strong.

Could closing time change for your local watering hole? That's a statehouse proposal under consideration, allowing Colorado communities to decide whether to extend bar hours. Some feel a change to the law could do more harm than good.

Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session, but so far they’re only proposing minor policy changes.

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  • Governor Delivers 4th "State of the State" Address
  • Citizen Groups Pushing for Tougher Air Quality Rules
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK - Wyoming's Abandoned Wells
  • Antler Collecting Prohibited in Gunnison Basin Until March

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  • Colorado Legislative Session Kicks Off with a New Senate President
  • Hunting Guides Facing Federal Charges for Illegally Maiming Big Cats
  • New Pot Shops Seeing Steady Demand, Limited Supplies
  • First Retail Pot License Approved in Aspen
  • Former KVNF GM is the New President of the NFCB
  • Coloradans Could See Northern Lights Tonight

As the 2014 legislative session opened Wednesday, newly elected state Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) – the second woman to hold the position – urged lawmakers to problem solve and skip the shouting matches in her opening day speech.

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Going into the 2014 legislative session, Colorado Democrats are still in the majority at the capitol. With an election year looming, party leaders – including Senate President-elect Morgan Carroll – say they want to focus on creating more jobs.

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  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides

Governor John Hickenlooper says he wants to focus on jobs, the economy and non-partisan issues during the next legislative session. As he outlined his agenda Thursday, his biggest hope is that politics will take a back seat.

Once again, Colorado lawmakers are heading into a legislative session following a school shooting.

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  • Orchard Mesa Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting
  • Encana Says It Will Suspend Drilling in Piceance Basin Next Year
  • Higher-Than-Average Snowfal Increases Avalanche Risk
  • Governor Hickenlooper Visits Victim of Araphoe School Shooting
  • Evie Hudak Replacement Takes Office

When Colorado lawmakers return in January, the makeup of the state Senate will be different. Coming off a tumultuous off session with two first-ever recalls and a resignation can do that. The state’s Democrats now have a new Senate President and only a one-seat hold on the majority.

Democratic state lawmakers say a new law requiring universal background checks for gun purchases is working well. Data from the Department of Public Safety shows 2 percent of private gun sales were blocked because of the law.

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  • MSHA Team Will Investigate Ouray Mine Accident
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High Country -  Marshall Swearingen on Repurposing a South Dakota Mine for Physics Research
  • State Senator Evie Hudak Resigns
  • Salvation Army in Grand Junction Feeds 700 on Thanksgiving
  • KVNF Sports Report
Travis Bubenik

Today on the program we talk with Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher, who was recently in the North Fork Valley reporting on a mobile air quality monitoring study being coordinated by Citizens for a Healthy Community and the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, or TEDX. 

Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission is moving forward to review an ethics complaint against Governor John Hickenlooper. The Governor’s office blasted the claim saying it has no merit.

Calling them ‘groundbreaking,’ Governor John Hickenlooper proposed new statewide air quality rules for oil and gas drilling Monday. The rules aim to reduce air pollution from methane emissions.

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  • State Finalizes Grants for Rural Movie Theaters
  • Last of 4 Anti-Fracking Measures on Front Range Narrowly Passes, Recount Likely
  • Mesa County School District Seeing More Students Expelled for Pot
  • Over 3700 Enrolled in Colorado's New Health Exchange
  • Compromise Reached Between Ski Areas, BLM & Forest Service Over Water Rights Bill
  • Increased Fines for Truckers on Independence Pass Moving Forward

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  • State Lawmakers to Review Bills on Water, Wildfire, & Poverty
  • Ruptured Pipe Leaks Contaminated Water at Cañon City Uranium Mill
  • Pitkin County Tracking Changes to Forests
  • Republican Lawmakers Criticize Patagonia's Involvement in Fracking Debate

A state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues recently finished its work with several recommendations. Among them, a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees.

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  • State Wildfire Committee Wraps Up
  • Tipton, Udall Come Together on Wildfire Prevention Measure
  • First Phase of State Tree Inventory Project Finished
  • Telluride Soda Tax Debate Continues as Election Day Draws Near
  • State Flags at Half Staff Today to Honor Astronaut Scott Carpentar
  • KVNF Sports Report

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  • Committee Will Look at State's Flood Response
  • Logging Production Hurt by Government Shutdown
  • After Shutdown, Maroon Bells May See Cutbacks
  • US Representative Cory Gardner Questions Health Exchange Problems
  • Delta County to hold Tax Lien Sale in Early November 

With just over three weeks until the election, the campaign asking Colorado voters to approve a $1 billion tax increase to pay for improvements to public schools are planning what they call a robust door-to-door operation.

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  • Pilot Unharmed after Crash Landing at Telluride Airport
  • Contaminated Gasoline Sold at Two Colorado Stores
  • State Panel to look at Disaster Relief, Emergency Management
  • Water to play a Big Role in State Legislature Next Year
  • Budget Cuts Could Mean the end of Work Release in Mesa County

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  • Shutdown Could Delay Benefit Checks for Over 90,000 Veterans
  • New Online Healthcare Marketplaces Running Smoothly for Delta County Residents
  • Cedaredge Police Chief Robert Yant Resigns
  • Ethics Group Says Anti-Pot Tax Group Should've Reported Free Joints in Campaign Finances
  • State Democrats Criticize New Recall Effort
  • Morgan Carroll Chosen as Next Colorado Senate President

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  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range
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A U.S. Department of Justice official told members of Congress yesterday that it wouldn't prosecute banks for doing business with the recreational marijuana industry. As Bente Birkeland reports, Colorado took center stage during the Senate discussion on state and federal marijuana law.

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate committee meeting, Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, was aptly named. At issue was the conflict that now exists on the federal level with Colorado and Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

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  • Morse and Giron Defeated in Historic Colorado Recall Election
  • State Approves Final Rules for Commercial Marijuana Industry
  • Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Banks for Doing Business with Marijuana Industry
  • Paonia Town Council Approves Moratorium on Marijuana Activity
  • Ouray School First in Region to get High-Speed Fiber Optic Internet Connection
  • Cedaredge High School Student Dies from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Headlines:

  • County’s Board of Health to spray Orchard City and Delta to prevent West Nile Virus
  • Petition to recall Colorado Senate president John Morse is verified by Secretary of State
  • Senators Udall and Bennet want trains to lay off the horns
  • Mesa County officials warn COGCC against over-regulation
  • BLM imposes stage one fire restrictions on public land

Headlines:

  • Renewable Energy bills for rural electrical associations awaits governor’s signature
  • Small plane crash-lands on Highway 50 in North Delta
  • Williams cited for leak by state
  • NASA and CU invite you to send your name to Mars (find web link below)
  • Migratory Bird Day is May 11 (find web link below)
  • Legislature to end on a High Note

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