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.
The North Fork Valley is now home to a new form of "green" electricity. On Friday, Oxbow’s Elk Creek mine officially launched a 3 megawatt project generating electricity from methane gas. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the project is the culmination of years of work from an unlikely alliance: involving the mine, a gas company, electric co-ops and the uber environmentally-conscious Aspen Skiing Company.
On the heels of a victory for marijuana legalization advocates, Colorado officials say the federal government could still crack down on the drugs use - since marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Bente Birkeland has more.
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.
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.
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.
Delta County Commissioners rearranged their schedule Monday in order to attend a rally featuring Rick Perry. The Texas governor was touring with local state legislators to urge Republicans to get out the vote. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.
Improved access to broadband internet is starting to become a reality for Colorado, even the rural Western Slope. The EAGLE‑Net Alliance was given a grant in September 2010 to build the EAGLE‑Net a broadband network around the state. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to EAGLE-Net Alliance Regional Representative Patrick Swonger about the project and it’s regional impacts.
Four prep football teams in the KVNF listening area have qualified for the state playoffs, and the Hotchkiss girls cross country team claimed the state title at the 2A cross country meet in Colorado Springs. KVNF's Tamie Meck reports on these stories and more in this week's sports report.
For the first time in years, the upcoming state budget will not be centered on making deep cuts. Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled his budget proposal yesterday. It doesn’t include any major cuts and instead asks lawmakers for more money for education and economic development projects. State employees would also see a pay raise. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
100,000 Coloradans have medical marijuana licenses now. Still, even though more patients can legally buy pot, arrests are UP by seven per cent. And data shows that minorities are arrested at higher rates than whites, even though they use the drug less. With an amendment to legalize marijuana on the ballot this fall, Colorado Public News’ Carol McKinley takes a look at the controversial issue.
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.
This election season, some political opinions are being boldly expressed around the North Fork Valley. Yard signs read: “STOP THE WAR ON COAL—FIRE OBAMA.” Area coal miners demonstrated the same message on a rainy afternoon a few weeks ago. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious took a look at the economic realities behind the “war on coal” rhetoric.