Colorado State Legislature

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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

Headlines:

  • After lawsuit, BLM releases names of gas parcel nominators in North Fork
  • Democrats get election reform bill through first panel after party line vote
  • Garfield County Commissioners file official protest with BLM
  • Two new monitors detect unsafe levels of benzene near Parachute Creek
  • Five art students from Hotchkiss High win award for giant bulldog

Headlines:

  • Democrats introduce bill to change voting procedures
  • Workshop at Blue Sage on Tuesday will discuss sensitive topic
  • Environmental damage from  Parachute spill continues to escalate
  • iSeeChange looks at the odd absence of leopard frogs

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The State Senate held a lengthy debate April 1 on a complicated plan to change how Colorado funds its K through 12 schools. The Democratic proposal initially passed the senate on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


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  • Capitol Conversation - State Budget
  • Pipeline Leak Reveals Holes In Regulatory System
  • Threat of Colony Collapse Coming to a Beehive Near You
  • Crane Count: 750 last night; 11,000 so far

A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol on Tuesday. The issue is especially personal for some lawmakers and is sure to be contentious as it moves through the statehouse. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure, and as Bente Birkeland reports, the hearing was filled with heart wrenching stories.


Headlines:

  • Bill Would Fund More Oil & Gas Inspectors
  • Grand Junction Gas Explosion Causes Injuries, Evacuations
  • Parachute Hydrocarbon Leak Continues
  • Death Penalty On Table At Legislature
  • DOE Favors Uranium Leasing Continuation
  • Delta County Honors Local Veteran

State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.


Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. But, as part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the other big issues lawmakers will tackle.


Headlines:

  • Legislative Agenda Is Not All About Guns
  • NF Trees Portend Serious Fire Danger
  • Western Slope Skies: Comet In The Western Skies

Headlines:

  • Civil Unions Bill Moving Steadily Towards Passage
  • Carbondale Residents Say No To Thompson Divide Leases
  • State Democratic Legislators Targeted Over Their Gun Control Votes
  • KVNF Sports Report With Tamie Meck

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  • Delta PD Incident Sends One to Hospital
  • Adultery and Fornication - Change the Law
  • iSeeChange: Farmers, Miners and Scientists Talk Over Climate Change

Headlines:

  • Colorado's Legislature to Define Driving While High
  • Mesa County Schools' Security Work Group Wants Guns In Schools
  • Sandhill Cranes Begin Their Annual Migration
  • Big Game Hunting License Seminar Coming Next Month
  • Statewide Coalition Delivers Anti-Fracking Petition to Governor and Legislature

Headlines:

  • West Elk Mine Has Long Record of Perfect Compliance
  • "Day of Resistance" Rallies Against Gun Control
  • Colorado Wild Horses Moving To Montana
  • Thompson Divide Leasing Options Confusing
  • Illegal Immigrants Likely To Get In-state Tuition
  • What Sequestration Might Mean To Colorado

State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year. As Bente Birkeland reports, the move follows a scathing audit, which showed the energy office mismanaged millions of dollars.


Flanked by Democratic leaders at the statehouse – Governor John Hickenlooper outlined his top job creation priorities for the upcoming legislation session and previewed the first house bill that will be introduced on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Headlines:

  • Oil and gas commission sets new rules and regulations
  • Paonia resident Olen Lund finishes service as Delta commissioner
  • Governor Hickenlooper identifies top priorities in new session
  • Delta Hospital gets top rating for second year in a row
  • Fruita wins GOCO grant to finish bike park

Headlines:

  • Cell Phone Helps In Snowmobilers Rescue
  • Capitol Conversation: Legislative Preview
  • Groups May Challenge West Elk Coal Expansion
  • Cannabis Clubs Lighting Up

State lawmakers return to the capitol’s gold dome on January 9th. As part of our capitol conversation series statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to fellow reporters about some of the key issues to watch out for, and the new political dynamic.


Colorado’s Senate minority leader Bill Cadman will be the only legislative leader returning to the same post when the session convenes on January 9th. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland talked to him about how he sees the session playing out and what’s on his agenda.


Headlines:

  • CBI Wants More Money For Gun Background Checks
  • Avalanche Claims Ski Patroller At Snowmass
  • Rout County Snowmobilers Lost, Found, Not Found
  • State Senate Minority Leader Previews His Legislative Agenda
  • Despite Snow, Drought Outlook Uncertain
  • Norwood To Ring In The New Year With Fireworks Extravaganza

Democratic state lawmaker Mark Ferrandino will make history next legislative session by becoming Colorado’s first gay speaker of the house. Bente Birkeland sat down with him to discuss his priorities for the session, and his new role.


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