Election 2012


  • Governor Certifies Election Results For Amendments 2 and 65
  • First Reefer Room Toasted After One Day


  • Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill Hearings Continue Through Tuesday
  • BLM Reduces State Acreage Available For Oil/Shale Development
  • Montrose Likely To Prohibit Sale Of Marijuana
  • Amendment 64 Votes Closely Followed Presidential Votes
  • Colorado Voter Turnout Likely To Surpass Historic 2008 Turnout
  • What To Expect From New Healthcare Law Now
  • Western Senators Support Pro-Timber Industry Policies

Colorado Democrats made history on Thursday by selecting the first openly gay man to be the speaker of the state house of representatives. Bente  Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

On the Western Slope, Republican incumbent Scott Tipton kept his seat with 54 percent of the vote, with Democrat Sal Pace coming up close with 41% of the vote.

Here are the results for the Colorado state house races in our area:

In District 61, Democratic incumbent Millie Hamner kept her seat in a very tight race, getting just 50% of the vote over Republican Debra Irvine, Independent Kathleen Curry, and Libertarian Ellen Temby and American Constitutionalist Robert Petrowsky.

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Today is Election Day. As of yesterday, Republicans in Colorado held a 2-point lead in early voting. The trend marks a contrast from the presidential election of four years ago when Democrats had the early voting edge. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Both presidential campaigns are working overtime in the home stretch to try to mobilize their bases and get voters to the polls. In Colorado, where the race is seen as a tossup, the ground game will be especially important. Bente Birkeland talked with grassroots volunteers from both campaigns out on the front lines.

Not only is Colorado a key swing state in the presidential election, this fall voters will also be deciding on a host of other races and issues. For instance, whether to legalize marijuana, and down ticket candidates that will determine the makeup of the Colorado state legislature. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about what’s at stake.


  • Capitol Conversation, State Election Roundup
  • Minorities Smoke Pot Less, Get Arrested More
  • Public Lands Policies Could Decide Election
  • Ryan In Colorado, Again
  • West Slope Police Chiefs In Turmoil
  • With No El Nino, Winter Moisture Uncertain

October 30, 2012. With the election now only one week away, nearly a quarter of Colorado voters have already cast their ballots. Early in person voting ends on Friday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


  • Early "In-person" Voting Ends Friday
  • "War On Coal" - A West Slope Perspective
  • Garfield County To Study Air Pollution Near Oil & Gas Ops
  • Wildfire Update

Control of the Colorado statehouse is up for grabs this November and the balance of power could hinge on just a handful of races. Republicans currently have a one-seat advantage in the House of Representatives and are trying to hang on to their majority. Bente Birkeland has this profile on one of the more competitive races.


  • Roatcap Fire Starter Arrested, Identified
  • Governor Signs Disaster Declaration For Roatcap Fire
  • Capitol Coverage: State House District 3 Race Profile
  • House District 61 Race Profile
  • Insurance Exec Indicted Over Delta Petroleum Insider Trading
  • Hurricane Sandy Affecting DIA Flights

The presidential race is tightening and both candidates are making a final push in key swing states- including Colorado. More than 10 thousand people filled Red Rocks amphitheater Tuesday night to see Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. President Barack Obama is holding a rally in Denver today/Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more from Lakewood.


  • Fast-moving Wildfire Strikes Between Cortez and Dolores
  • More Wildfire Updates
  • Winter Weather Makes Roads Hazardous State-wide
  • Energy Fuels Affected By Dropping Uranium Prices
  • Presidential Candidates Visit Colorado
  • Secretary of State Identifies More Non-citizen Voters
  • KVNF Sports Report
  • West End Campground Improvements and Road Closures
  • Emergency Room Visits For Routine Health Care Costly
  • Winter Weather Awareness Week Offers Safety Tips


  • Fast-moving Wildfire Strikes Wetmore
  • Other Wildfire Updates
  • Early Voting In Full Swing In Delta County
  • Ariana Brocious Speaks With Rep. Millie Hamner
  • Waldo Canyon Fire After Action Report Released
  • Governor Waives Height Restrictions For Livestock Feed Loads
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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at events across Colorado’s third Congressional District yesterday [Monday].  He campaigned near Pueblo, Durango, and Grand Junction. Reporter Elise Thatcher was at the Durango stop and filed this story.

More than fourteen hundred people gathered in a gymnasium at Fort Lewis College. And they cheered loudly when Ryan argued for cutting the federal deficit, boosting energy development and supporting small businesses. The candidate also talked about his own connection with Colorado.


  • Delta County Commissioners Uphold Approval Of Chicken Operations
  • Colorado Secretary of State Facing Two Ethics Investigations
  • Republican VP Candidate Paul Ryan Visits Western Slope
  • Parks and Wildlife To Kill Fish, Restock Paonia Reservoir
  • State Recommends Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Early Voting Underway

Oct 22, 2012

Most Colorado voters are expected to caste their ballots before election day this November 6th. Early voting begins today and mail ballots have already been sent out across the state. Bente Birkeland examines the trend of early voting.


  • Delta Commissioners To Decide Chicken Dilemma Today
  • Presidential Candidates In Colorado This Week
  • Early Voting Underway, 70% Mail-in
  • Curry Accuses Opponents of Violating Election Law
  • State Unemployment Records Small Drop
  • Wildfire Updates: Southwest Colorado
  • Colorado Public News: Salt, the Hidden Killer
  • Fly Flags At Half-mast For Aurora Victim

Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana in Colorado faced off on Monday evening during a two-hour debate. Colorado Christian University hosted the event. Bente (BEN tuh) Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

The first wave of Colorado voters will begin casting their ballots for the November election next week/starting this week. On Monday county clerks send out mail ballots to thousands of voters across the state. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


  • Mail Ballots Mailed Out Today
  • Tax Break For West Elk Coal Mine
  • Bi-Partisan Collaboration For Forest Health
  • Gov, US Senators Pushing For Post-Fire Recovery
  • Uranium Drive-in Sign Still Glowing


  • Democrats Fed Up With Republican Secretary of State
  • First Lady Visits Colorado Springs
  • Wildfire Updates
  • Energy Fuels Moving To Re-open Newly Acquired Uranium Mines
  • Telluride and San Miguel County Support Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill
  • Amendment 64 Draws Support and Opposition

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.

  This is the debate between candidates for State House District 61, which, after redistricting, includes Summit, Lake, Pitken, and parts of Gunnison and Delta counties. There are actually five candidates for this race, but three were present at the Club 20 debate: Democratic Incumbent Millie Hamner, Independent Kathleen Curry and Republican Debra Irvine. Derek Wagner, Director of Special Projects at Colorado Mesa University, moderated the debate.


  • Wildfire Update
  • Last Minute Voter Registration Floods State Website
  • Southwest Colorado Television Viewers Get New Mexico Political Ads
  • Preview of Tonight's 3rd Congressional Debate
  • State Tourism Conference Starts Today In Steamboat
  • Claim Period For 2011 Crop Losses Opens Oct 22
  • Garfield County Commissioner Expresses Support For Increased Oil and Gas Setbacks

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.