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Grand Valley to be 
site of experiment 
on remote testimony 
of legislative bills

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Mesa County residents have a chance to become guinea pigs for the Colorado Legislature starting in the next couple of weeks. Instead of running around a maze in search of cheese, however, local residents will get an opportunity ...

Dems seek to revive pay-equity panel

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Two days after a Republican-controlled Senate committee voted not to continue the state’s Pay Equity Commission, all 18 women Democrats in the Colorado House introduced a bill to keep that panel alive. On Wednesday, the ...

Junction council to Legislature: Don’t let guv divert our money

By Charles Ashby

The Grand Junction City Council isn’t happy that Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office is asking legislative budget writers to use severance tax money to help offset possible taxpayer refunds this year. In a letter to the six-member ...

Rep. Tipton 
puts forth 
energy bill

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., introduced a measure that already has passed the House twice, only to be stalled in the Senate. The Planning for American Energy Act, H.R. 459, calls for the Interior Department to develop a plan every four ...


Funds sought for expansion project at CMU

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — If all goes as Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster hopes, the school’s next capital construction priority will get the money it needs from the state to expand its health sciences building. Foster, along with ...


Increased severance tax revenue may go toward TABOR refunds

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — The Colorado Municipal League is concerned over what Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to do with severance tax revenue this year. In a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee earlier this month, the ...

Bill to help areas hit by job loss

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan thinks she’s found a way to help shield small communities from devastating economic losses when their largest employers lay off workers or go out of business. Spurred in part by what happened ...


Scott: Let counties nix public trustees

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Sen. Ray Scott wants to let county residents decide if the governor should appoint their public trustee or if county treasurers should take over those duties. The Grand Junction Republican introduced a bill last week that would ...


Senate panel OKs water conservation measure

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Although the bill doesn’t actually mandate anything, Republicans on a Senate committee Wednesday voted against it, in part, because they feared it might. Nonetheless, a measure that directs the Colorado Water Conservation ...

John, Teddy Hickenlooper, Nancy E. Rice

Tail wind for 2nd term

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — When Gov. John Hickenlooper first was sworn into office four years ago, the temperature was much colder than it was for his second swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, in reality and metaphorically. On Jan. 13, 2011, when the ...

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