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Crisanta Duran

2017 Legislature opens

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The state’s first Latina speaker of the Colorado House said during Wednesday’s opening day of the Legislature that she’s not going to put up with any kind of hate or fear-mongering. Denver Democrat Crisanta ...


BLM revises oil shale royalty rates

By Dennis Webb

The Obama administration on Tuesday released new oil shale regulations establishing that royalty rates set in 2008 are now a minimum rate, with the discretion of the Interior secretary to set higher rates on a lease-by-lease basis. The ...


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Governor: Roads, broadband need funding source

By Charles Ashby

The state can’t afford to wait any longer when it comes to the state’s infrastructure, particularly when it comes to broadband deployment and improving the state’s roads, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Tuesday. In highlighting ...


Firm lets 
Rio Blanco 
keep cash 
improperly 
assessed

By Dennis Webb

Conservation districts in Rio Blanco County are welcoming financial gestures including a $135,000 concession from the energy company Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and a $125,000 contribution from the county as they continue to work through ...


New Colorado lawmakers poised to take seats

By Charles Ashby

Southwest Colorado got two new lawmakers over the weekend — one new lawmaker and a familiar one. That happened when the central committee for Senate District 6 chose Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, to replace Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango, ...


Fight brewing over rule that could ease sale of federal lands

By Charles Ashby

Nearly lost in all the public comments over the U.S. House’s near passage of a rule gutting the Congressional Ethics Office earlier this week was another rule dealing with the sale of public lands. While some Democrats and environmental ...


Coalition to Congress: Don’t repeal Obamacare unless you can replace it

By Charles Ashby

Several groups from across the state, including five from the region, have joined a diverse coalition calling on Congress to develop a responsible plan to replace the federal Affordable Care Act. The Colorado Health Policy Coalition, which is ...


Ideas for dealing with mental health ‘holds’

By Charles Ashby

State officials are still trying to find ways to get mental health patients out of local jails and into the care they need. One of the largest stumbling blocks to that issue, however, is how to deal with so-called mental health ...


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Tipton won’t
 reveal vote 
on ethics bill

By Charles Ashby

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton won’t say exactly how he voted in a behind-closed-doors meeting Monday of House Republicans on a proposal to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, but his office says he does support having such an office. The ...


New year heralds new laws taking effect

By Charles Ashby

A handful of new laws goes into effect today, not all of which were approved by the Colorado Legislature. Some of the more meaty new laws came from the voters themselves, including but not limited to a mandatory increase in the state’s ...


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