Hickenlooper signs ag tax

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a tax exemption for farm and ranch supplies Monday, reversing the Legislature’s 2010 decision to tax them.Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1005 at Aero...

DATE: May 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Panel tackles political maps

DENVER — Just as the partisanship over new congressional districts has reached a fever pitch, it’s time to redraw lines for state legislative districts.An 11-person panel — five Democrats, five...

DATE: May 19, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

State fines Kinder Morgan

DENVER — State regulators fined Kinder Morgan CO2 Co. $98,000 Monday for drilling wells without a permit in Montezuma and Dolores counties.Kinder Morgan agreed to a settlement prior to Monday’s...

DATE: May 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Rep. Brown’s bear bill dies

DENVER — Rep. J. Paul Brown’s bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season is dead.House Bill 1294 would have needed a final vote in the House by Tuesday. But that didn’t happen, and the...

DATE: May 12, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Artifact thefts lead to court

DENVER — Information from a deceased informant continues to yield prosecutions for artifact theft in the Four Corners.A new round of cases in the last month has targeted at least three people,...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Legislation backs oil, gas industry

DENVER — Two more gas and oil people would join the state board that regulates the industry under a bill the House passed Thursday.Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, blamed former Gov. Bill Ritter...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Internet tax repeal gets support

DENVER — A repeal of last year’s “Amazon tax” on Internet sales gained bipartisan support this week.House Bill 1318 passed the House 58-6, with Republicans and all but six Democrats supporting...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

School tax credit for parents fails

DENVER — Legislators have rejected a proposal to give tax credits to parents who send their children to private school.The House Appropriations Committee declined to advance House Bill 1048 on...

DATE: May 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

GOP draws political lines

DENVER — House Republicans introduced a new map of future Congressional districts Tuesday, setting battle lines in a highly partisan fight.“This is our best effort to put forward a map that...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Brown’s bear bill survives

DENVER — Rep. J. Paul Brown’s bill to expand the bear hunting season survived a brush with death Wednesday morning in the state House.Brown, R-Ignacio, lost votes from two fellow Republicans for...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Tea party loses health fight

DENVER — Tea party activists faced off with the traditional business-friendly wing of the Republican Party over a health-care bill Tuesday.The business wing won.House Majority Leader Amy Stephens,...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

GOP rewrites immigration

DENVER — A Republican lawmaker backed away Monday from his second attempt to pass an Arizona-style immigration law.Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, previously killed his own...

DATE: May 5, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World