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Mitsch Bush Interstate 70 tire-traction bill passes out of House

Mitsch Bush Interstate 70 tire-traction bill passes out of House

A bill aimed at clarifying the state’s vehicle tire-traction laws along the Interstate 70 corridor passed out of the House this week and now heads to the Senate, where it…

Public Lands Day bill laid over by Senate committee; I-70 traction bill moves ahead

Public Lands Day bill laid over by Senate committee; I-70 traction bill moves ahead

State lawmakers from Colorado’s mountain communities battled hard for a variety of bills in the first two weeks of the current legislative session, pushing for everything from a “Public Lands…

As federal court backs EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Colorado AG, lawmaker vow to fight on

As federal court backs EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Colorado AG, lawmaker vow to fight on

A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, aimed at dramatically reducing carbon emissions from power plants and a key part of…

Governor’s 16 in 2016 initiative includes large section of Eagle Valley Trail

Governor’s 16 in 2016 initiative includes large section of Eagle Valley Trail

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s new 16 in 2016 initiative, first announced last week during his state of the state address to kick off the 2016 Colorado legislative session, includes a 7-mile…

Two mountain lawmakers spar over I-70, transportation funding

Two mountain lawmakers spar over I-70, transportation funding

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: The Colorado Legislature this session is mired in an ideological traffic jam over budget issues that will…

Donovan, Mitsch Bush ‘Public Lands Day’ bill sent to Senate ‘kill committee’

Donovan, Mitsch Bush ‘Public Lands Day’ bill sent to Senate ‘kill committee’

A bill to recognize the importance of federally-owned public lands in places like Vail, where the economy depends on those lands remaining public, was promptly dispatched to a “kill committee”…

Feds put brakes on coal-mining leases, draw heat, praise in Colorado

Feds put brakes on coal-mining leases, draw heat, praise in Colorado

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: The U.S. Department of the Interior on Friday announced a three-year halt to new coal-mining leases on…

As militia takeover unfolds, Colorado lawmakers to debate state control of federal lands

As militia takeover unfolds, Colorado lawmakers to debate state control of federal lands

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: With the ongoing Bundy family militia takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon as a backdrop,…

Durango’s Ellen Roberts concerned about election-year politics during legislative session

Durango’s Ellen Roberts concerned about election-year politics during legislative session

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: State Senate president pro tem Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, says she’s focused on lowering healthcare costs in this…

GOP, Dem lawmakers differ dramatically on how to kick start Western Slope economy

GOP, Dem lawmakers differ dramatically on how to kick start Western Slope economy

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in The Colorado Statesman: While Colorado’s economy continues its solid rebound along the state’s Front Range, areas of the Western Slope…