Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Interior secretary suggests reducing Bears Ears National Monument

WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Don Coram, Barbara McLachlan named ‘Rural School Champions’

DENVER – Lawmakers Don Coram, R-Montrose, and Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, were named Rural Schools Champions on Monday evening by the Colorado Rural School Alliance during a reception at Fort...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Rolling coal’ bill becomes law

DENVER – A Senate bill is now in effect to prevent drivers from knowingly blowing exhaust smoke to obscure the vision of other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Denver area doctors seek to ban smartphone sales to preteens

DENVER – On the dark side of the Colorado Legislature’s website, there are some interesting proposals that voters might see on upcoming ballots. Examples include more than 12 transportation funding...

DATE: May 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Letter calls for ethics investigation of Sen. Don Coram

DENVER – State Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, is getting some heat for a bill he carried during the 2017 legislative session because of a perceived conflict of interest. Senate Bill 117, which...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congressmen: Canyons of the Ancients needs no changes

DENVER – Republican Congressmen Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner cleared up confusion over where they stand in regards to the protection of Canyons of Ancients National Monument Tuesday with a letter...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Last minute bill approval spares hospitals from $264M cut

DENVER – In the closing moments of the Legislative session, lawmakers avoided taking $264 million in federal funds away from Colorado’s hospitals, and designates funding for transportation. Senate...

DATE: May 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Southwest Colorado lawmakers put rural concerns above party politics

DENVER – While the final days of the legislative session brought elected officials together in support of a measure to buoy rural Colorado, lawmakers from the southwest corner of the state had been...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Final construction defects efforts fizzle out at capitol

DENVER – The clock struck 12 on construction defects litigation reform Tuesday when the last two pending pieces of legislation were killed at the Capitol. Senate Bill 45 would have shifted the time...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Construction defects reform clears the Legislature

DENVER – Lawmakers came together Thursday to push through a piece of legislation they hope will thaw a frigid affordable housing market.House Bill 1279, which contains several provisions aimed at...

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Chaos breaks out during school finance debate

DENVER – The Senate was thrown into chaos briefly Friday as rule books and copies of the Colorado Revised Statutes were thrown open to check procedures because of a ruling by a committee chairman....

DATE: May 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

State’s first Public Lands Day to be celebrated this year

DENVER – Colorado officially has a day set aside to celebrate the abundance of public lands enjoyed by Coloradans and tourists from around the world. Gov. John Hickenlooper read a proclamation...

DATE: May 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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