Tag Archives: colorado

Lawmakers Urge Changes in Rural Broadband Funding

internetColorado’s rural communities were well represented last week in two separate letters to the Federal Communications Commission calling on the agency to update how rural companies receive funding for voice and broadband services. A bipartisan U.S. Senate letter featured signatures from 61 members, including Senators Continue reading

Tipton Questions Witnesses on Sage Grouse

sage_grouse-300Yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton underscored the impractical nature of the federal government’s proposed listing of the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act. During the House Committee on Natural Resources hearing on “Empowering State Management of Greater Sage Grouse,” witnesses Continue reading

Law Makes it Harder for Citizens to Add Ballot Measures

Ballot-300Colorado citizens have a new hurdle to petition for new provisions in the state constitution. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law yesterday to require that citizen petitions have estimates of the fiscal impact when organizers are gathering signatures. That’s a Continue reading

Governor Signs Stricter Medical Marijuana Requirements into Law

MARIJUANA-300Colorado’s governor signed into law a new crackdown on medical marijuana. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill yesterday that directs state health authorities to set new guidelines for doctors who recommend pot for “severe pain.” That’s the most common condition on Colorado’s medical marijuana registry. The new law will also Continue reading

Fire In Shadow Mountain Subdivision Destroys Chicken Coop

An electric heat lamp was determined to have been the cause of a fire late Saturday night in Craig’s Shadow Mountain Subdivision.  The fire, which consumed a chicken coop was reported by a neighbor.  A number of chickens and turkeys were killed in the blaze.  Craig Continue reading

Fire Managers to Release Wildfire Forecast

WILDFIREState and federal fire managers are preparing to release their forecast for the 2015 wildfire season in Colorado. A preliminary outlook released by the National Interagency Coordination Center Continue reading

Hickenlooper Defends Human Services Department

cdhsColorado’s governor is defending the embattled Department of Human Services to state lawmakers who have complained that the agency that oversees child welfare needs a new direction. Governor John Hickenlooper sent a four-page response to the 84 state lawmakers who wrote him earlier this month to point out “disturbing Continue reading

Health Exchange Considers Raising Fees

Health-Insurance-Rates-294The board of directors of Colorado’s health insurance exchange met yesterday to consider staff proposals for increasing revenue that include securing Medicaid reimbursements and raising administrative fees. Administrative fees are now 1.4 percent of premiums and insurance companies typically pass them on to the consumers who find plans on the exchange. Continue reading

Judge Orders Company to Stop Selling Recalled Magnets

magnetsA federal judge has ordered a Colorado company to stop selling high-powered magnets that were recalled by their manufacturer. U.S. District Court Judge Christine Arguello ruled that Zen Magnets LLC and its owner, Shihan Qu, could be violating the Consumer Product Safety Act by selling magnets that were purchased from a New Continue reading

Moffat County Commissioners Say Hickenlooper is in Their Corner

JOHN-HICKENLOOPER-300The Moffat County Commissioners say they are confident Colorado’s governor will stick up for them when it comes to both Sage Grouse issues, and the federal ruling on ColoWyo Mine’s expansion. Commissioner Chuck Grobe yesterday said their meeting with Governor Hickenlooper on Tuesday went well.  The Continue reading

Extended Hours, New Programs at Dinosaur

Dinosaur National Monument QuarryThe month of May brings wildflowers, migrating birds, expanded hours, and special programs to Dinosaur National Monument.

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Law Changed to Allow Medical Use of Pot on Probation

MARIJUANA-300Legislation allowing medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole in Colorado has been signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. The bill signed into law Friday changes that policy so those with Continue reading