Colorado State Legislature

Local Newscast
8:30 am
Tue April 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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

Local Newscast
8:28 am
Mon April 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, April 15, 2013

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

Capitol Coverage
8:48 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Legislature Debates School Funding

Credit ouroregon.org

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.


Local Newscast
9:02 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 01, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
Capitol Coverage
9:27 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Death Penalty on the Legislative Table

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.


Local Newscast
9:18 am
Wed March 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

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
Capitol Coverage
8:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Capitol Conversation: Halfway Through

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.


Capitol Coverage
10:05 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Capitol Conversation: More than Guns at the Legislature

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.


Local Newscast
9:04 am
Mon March 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, March 4, 2013

Headlines:

  • Legislative Agenda Is Not All About Guns
  • NF Trees Portend Serious Fire Danger
  • Western Slope Skies: Comet In The Western Skies
Local Newscast
8:53 am
Fri March 1, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, March 1, 2013

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

Local Newscast
9:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • Delta PD Incident Sends One to Hospital
  • Adultery and Fornication - Change the Law
  • iSeeChange: Farmers, Miners and Scientists Talk Over Climate Change
Local Newscast
8:39 am
Wed February 27, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

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
Local Newscast
9:04 am
Tue February 26, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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
Capitol Coverage
8:37 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Capitol Coverage: State Legislators Slap Energy Office

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.


Capitol Coverage
10:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Economic Development Bill Preview

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.

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Local Newscast
8:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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
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Local Newscast
8:43 am
Tue January 1, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Headlines:

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

Capitol Coverage
8:34 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Capital Conversation: State Legislative Preview

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.


Capitol Coverage
9:50 am
Mon December 31, 2012

State Senate Minority Leader Previews His Legislative Agenda

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.


Local Newscast
9:46 am
Mon December 31, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, December 31, 2012

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

Capitol Coverage
9:19 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Next Majority Leader Previews State Legislative Session

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.


Local Newscast
9:15 am
Thu December 27, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Headlines:

  • Next Speaker of the House Previews State Legislative Session
  • State Distilleries Exploding In Number
  • Arkansas River Water Users Holding Their Breath

Capitol Coverage
8:41 am
Wed December 26, 2012

House Minority Leader Discusses Leg Session

Republicans in Colorado are coming off a difficult election after losing control of the Colorado state house. Bente Birkeland talked to the next house minority leader Republican Mark Waller to see how he’ll motivate his caucus during the session and work with Democrats.


Local Newscast
8:35 am
Wed December 26, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Headlines:

  • Ski industry seeks international tourists
  • House Minority Leader discusses Legislative issues

Capitol Coverage
9:41 am
Tue December 18, 2012

State Legislative Session Preview

Gun laws, marijuana reform, and oil and gas regulations. These will be just a few of the hot button issues that state lawmakers grapple with during the next legislative session. Governor John Hickenlooper and legislative leaders outlined their thoughts in a panel at the Colorado Press Association. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
9:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Headlines:

  • Numerous Protests Filed Against NF Gas Leasing
  • Delta Commissioners Deny Crawford Gravel Pit
  • Judge Rejects Anti-trust Settlement For Gas Companies
  • Deputy Involved In Alleged Kidnapping
  • Legislative Preview From the Capitol
  • Farmers/Ranchers Being Surveyed RE Drought (see details below)

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Capitol Coverage
11:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Historic Number of LGBT Lawmakers Elected

During the November 6th election, Americans elected more gay and lesbian lawmakers than ever before. And in states like Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado, gay and lesbian officials will hold some of the highest positions of power. Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at what’s driving the change.


Capitol Coverage
9:35 am
Fri November 30, 2012

New Lawmakers Receive Orientation

Newly-elected state lawmakers are spending the week at the capitol learning the basics of working under the gold dome. Freshman lawmakers are studying everything from the art of negotiating to the location of emergency exits. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Capitol Coverage
8:52 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Capitol Conversation: A Look Ahead to the 2013 Legislative Session

Democrats will control both state legislative chambers when the state’s legislative session convenes in January. Lawmakers will be dealing with several controversial issues, including crafting regulations for recreational marijuana. Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about what to expect and how the dynamics are likely to change.


Capitol Coverage
9:46 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Take Back Control of State Legislature

Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature.

Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.


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