People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.
Four Republicans are vying to be the lone candidate to run against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall. But with the primary election coming up June 24, only two of the candidates participated in a taped debate hosted by CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television.
Debate organizers knew ahead of time that former congressman Tom Tancredo never planned to be a part of the hourlong program. But Secretary of State Scott Gessler didn’t show up – even though his campaign confirmed that he would.
The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.
More and more companies are starting to use the new Colorado logo and slogan - “it’s our nature” - to promote their products, helping the state's efforts to strengthen its brand and global competitiveness. The branding effort though has been somewhat controversial and it will take some time to determine its success.
The federal government has approved the state’s request to consolidate its geographic rating areas for health insurance. These insurance regions were created as a part of the Affordable Care Act, and are used by insurance companies to set premiums.
The Colorado Division of Insurance said the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given approval for the state to shuffle its 11 regions for health insurance into nine next year.
The reshape will combine four rural areas into two larger ones while keeping seven established urban areas.
Governor John Hickenlooper called for universal background checks for all gun sales in his annual state of the state address on Thursday. Hickenlooper outlined several proposals he plans to back on issues such as marijuana, hydraulic fracturing, and mental health. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
It’s now legal in Colorado for people over the age of 21 to smoke marijuana recreationally. Voters passed amendment 64 making Colorado the first state in the country, along with Washington State, to legalize pot. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.
The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs. State officials say they’ll take a look at better ways to market the state, but as Bente Birkeland reports, they’ll also discuss messaging, especially in the face of uncontrollable events such as wildfires.
It’s election season, and for anyone who turns on the television that means being bombarded with political ads and information. Now imagine those ads coming from candidates you can’t even vote for. That’s the case for some people in southwest Colorado who can only get New Mexico television. As Bente Birkeland reports, the lack of Colorado TV has been a major complaint in the region for decades, but especially flares up this time of year.
The Colorado Secretary of State's office expects more people to register to vote this election cycle because of the closely watched Presidential race. As Bente Birkeland reports, voters have until midnight on Tuesday to register to vote online.