Colorado State Legislature

  • Another Republican lawmaker accused of harassment at statehouse
  • Bill would give tax benefits to families paying for health care out of pocket
  • Feature on the future of agreements about the Colorado River

  • Capitol Conversation: first week of legislature, upcoming bills
  • Colorado teens finding service, volunteer options online
  • Parks and Wildlife to host trapping workshop in Montrose
  • Schoolhouse in Maher named Montrose County landmark

  • Colorado legislative session opens, first day speeches
  • Cloud of sexual harassment hangs over State Capitol
  • Lawmakers face issues in transportation, health care, retirement
  • Paonia hosts Cedaredge in matchup of top two teams in 2A wrestling

  • Governor Hickenlooper on eve of last legislative session
  • Capitol Coverage talks broadband, PERA, sexual harassment with Governor
  • Legislature opens Wednesday, lawmakers hope for progress
  • New minimum wage increases not likely to help struggling Colorado families

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KVNF News talks with State Sentor Kerry Donovan, Representative Millie Hamner, Capitol Coverage reporter Bente Birkeland and Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler about the Colorado Legislative session. Hospitals and transportation were the hot issues in Denver this year.

  • Republicans defeat own bill to eliminate state health exchange
  • Republicans defeat bill that would require oil and gas well map
  • Parks and Wildlife seeks help compiling data in Gunnison Basin
  • Last ditch effort to fund hospitals, transportation goes to Governor
  • Final day of legislative session is today; bills not expected to pass

  • Fees to enter state parks, hunt and fish likely to increase
  • Lawmakers hope to fill teaching vacancies in rural areas, provide college aid
  • Legal age to be a Colorado legislator to be lowered to 21
  • Amtrack's Southwest Chief route set to expand
  • Delta Police Department to conduct prescription drug take back day
  • Uptick in car thefts in Montrose

  • New bill in legislature would pave way to arm teachers
  • Religious freedom bill introduced in state house for third time
  • Spruce beetle most damaging pest for fifth year in a row

  • Capitol Coverage surveys public opinion about legislature priorities
  • Parks and Wildlife to host fun events at Crawford State Park
  • Sportsmen's Roundtable to be conducted via teleconference
  • Series of minor earthquakes outside of Marble

  • President Obama calls for BLM agencies to be more inclusive
  • Capitol Coverage of Colorado State Legislature opening session
  • Demand for coal falls, renewables gain popularity

  • Governor sets priorities as legislature opens session
  • Connecting the Drops report on Big Thompson recovery
  • Clean air advocates voice concerns to congress

  • Capitol Coverage profiles Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • New data on number of civilians killed by police
  • Inside Energy sets history of coal industry to music

  • Capitol Coverage profile of Senate Majority Leader
  • Town of Paonia still seeks administrator
  • Colorado Dept of Transportation issues storm warning

Colorado Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal

Feb 5, 2014

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.

Later Bar Hours On Tap At The Colorado Capitol

Jan 31, 2014

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.


  • 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


  • 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.

A Look Ahead At The Upcoming Legislative Session

Dec 30, 2013
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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.


  • 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

Hickenlooper Speaks To 2014 Legislative Agenda

Dec 20, 2013

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.

Following Arapahoe, Lawmakers Reflect On Gun Laws

Dec 19, 2013

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

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec 16, 2013


  • 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.


  • 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

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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. 

Ethics Complaint Against Hickenlooper Moves Forward

Nov 19, 2013

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.