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Ray Scott, Chris Holbert

Capitol consensus: Parties tout legislative session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Troopers, transportation, transparency in government, oh, and dance halls and Pueblo chili. From the serious to the inane, the Colorado Legislature managed to accomplish much during the 2017 session that ended last week despite ...

Guv ponders special session

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Even though he called the 2017 session of the Colorado Legislature the most productive since being in office, Gov. John Hickenlooper still is considering convening a special session as early as later this month. In comments to ...

Lawmakers adjourn without agreement on broadband service

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Much of the really big stuff was a foregone conclusion on the final day of the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, but a few controversial issues still came down to the wire before the Colorado General Assembly adjourned late ...

Legislature takes aim at CenturyLink foot-dragging

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Several state lawmakers didn’t mince their words Tuesday when talking about telecommunications provider CenturyLink and problems with bringing high-speed internet services to rural parts of Colorado. In short, the ...

Hospital, road bills on way to guv

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Despite many attempts to alter the deal on the second-to-last day of the 2017 session Tuesday, a measure to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into a standalone government business and issue bonds to fund ...

County still lagging, but improving

By Gary Harmon

Sales-tax revenues leaped in April, giving additional reasons for optimism about Mesa County’s economy, but the county is far from having achieved economic recovery, County Administrator Frank Whidden said Monday. Whidden spent part of ...

Unaffiliated voters may lose anonymity under Colorado bill

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — Unaffiliated voters won’t have the anonymity they might have expected if they decide to vote in the next primary election under a bill racing through the Colorado Legislature this week. Senate Bill 305, which cleared the ...

Senate OKs bill to spare rural hospitals

By Charles Ashby

DENVER — A bill to turn the state’s hospital provider fee program into its own state-run business isn’t unconstitutional — the state’s budget is, a state senator said Monday. In defending why he was part of a ...


Deadline nears for Senate to overturn BLM methane rule

By Dennis Webb

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado continues to be lobbied on both sides as the Senate faces a deadline to act this week if it wants to overturn a new Bureau of Land Management rule regulating methane emissions from oil and gas ...


Middle schoolers shadow Pugliese

By Gary Harmon

Three Grand Mesa Middle School students on Monday shadowed Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese — from the regular Monday public meeting to a sit-down with a senator’s staff. The eighth-graders — Lucas Hahn, Jaden Rams and ...

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