Court rules on S. Ute water

DENVER — A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.The 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

House studies energy bill

DENVER — A Republican lawmaker who blames former Gov. Bill Ritter for a decline in the gas industry partially backtracked from his plan to undo Ritter’s pro-environmental reforms Wednesday.Rep. Ray...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Schools face cuts

DENVER — School leaders from across the state descended on the Capitol on Thursday to plead for a stay of execution as legislators get ready to vote on a historic budget cut for schools.Gov. John...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Politicians battle for budget

DENVER — The machines in the cluttered, basement print shop across the street from the Capitol should be humming right now, printing hundreds of copies of the 2-inch-thick state budget.But the shop...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Senate passes civil unions

DENVER — The state Senate approved civil unions for gay and lesbian couples Thursday after what the sponsor called a “historic and civil debate.”Gays and lesbians cannot marry in Colorado, but...

DATE: March 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Energy tax legislation fails

DENVER — State senators killed a last attempt by local governments to protect their gas and oil tax money Monday.Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, wanted her House Bill 1123 to stop the Legislature...

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

House passes immigration

DENVER — Cities and counties that refuse to join a federal immigration database would lose grants from the state under a bill the Colorado House passed Tuesday.House Bill 1140 would force all...

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

State senate kills gun bill

DENVER — Democratic senators shot down a Republican plan to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit Tuesday.Both sides cast House Bill 1205 as a public safety issue. Gun advocates...

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

Ranchers may lose water war

DENVER — Lawmakers moved quickly Monday to strengthen the state’s legal defense against Southwest Colorado ranchers who have sued to protect their water rights from gas and oil drilling.House Bill...

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

Colorado ballot list starts to grow

DENVER — Two proposed initiatives to limit taxes began working their way to the November ballot Friday.The plans by conservative activists, coupled with proposed tax increases that are already in...

DATE: March 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Disaster delays uranium

The unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan is likely to delay plans to build a uranium mill in the Paradox Valley by at least a few months, according to an executive at the company that owns the...

DATE: March 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World

Economists report to Capitol

DENVER — Spending is down and revenues are up at the state Capitol — good news for legislators who have to pass a budget for the state next month.But economists warned legislators not to get too...

DATE: March 22, 2011 | CATEGORY: State Nation World