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Drilling regulations measure dies in House

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to give local governments more say when it comes to oil and gas drilling fell into a well it couldn’t get out of Monday when the Colorado House narrowly defeated it. The measure, HB1355, would have ...

House clears $27 billion state budget; Senate at bat

By Charles Ashby

Colorado has the most complicated budget process in the nation, Rep. Bob Rankin says. Despite that, the Carbondale Republican, who is one of six members of the legislative panel that drafts the annual spending plan, said it “pulled off ...

Senate gives initial OK to rain barrels

By Charles Ashby

Though many homeowners already do it, Colorado residents soon could be able to use rain barrels — legally — to collect water from their rooftops under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Thursday. The ...


Bill allows ‘action’ on federal land, sponsors say; Dems beg to differ

By Charles Ashby

Republicans see a measure that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Wednesday as a way to ensure local authorities have access to federal land to put out fires. Democrats, however, say the same measure was nothing more than a ...

Group backs bill to relocate regional center residents

By Charles Ashby

The folks who run one of the private providers for the intellectually and developmentally disabled in the Grand Valley want to make sure family and guardians of residents at the Grand Junction Regional Center have accurate information before ...

Time short to drop off ballots for municipal races

By Amy Hamilton

Voters on each end of the Grand Valley have a few more days to get their municipal ballots to their city halls. Palisade has one contested seat, the mayor’s position, which is being sought by current Trustee Dave Edwards and current ...

Bill: In-state tuition for homeless students

By Charles Ashby

Homeless youth and high school students estranged from their parents would qualify for in-state tuition under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado Senate on Tuesday. The measure, HB1100, is designed to offer such students the ...

Gardner: Pick anyone other than Trump 
to be nominee

By Charles Ashby

Though U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner’s main pick for the GOP nominee for president, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, has fallen by the wayside, the Colorado Republican’s opinions about the frontrunner in that race, Donald Trump, haven’t ...

Lawmakers draw lines in sand over Clean Power Plan

By Charles Ashby

Republican lawmakers are adamant that Colorado shouldn’t go forward with its own Clean Power Plan, at least not until the issue is resolved federally. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the plan, ordered by President ...


Study finds voters like reforms to elections

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Colorado’s controversial election reforms have helped save the state money on running elections and increased voter turnout at the same time, a national study released last week shows. In its study specifically on an ...

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