Ryan Maye Handy

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Will ‘right to rest’ laws gain traction in larger cities?

DENVER – This spring, the city of Denver will weigh a ballot measure that offers expansive protections for its homeless population, an initiative that could open the door to statewide laws that...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill to limit plastic straws fails in committee

Rep. Susan Lontine abandoned an effort Monday to limit the use of plastic straws in the face of opposition from environmental activists and advocates of local control. House Bill 1143 would have...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislative panel approves ‘red flag’ gun bill after fierce testimony from both sides

DENVER – A Colorado legislative panel gave initial approval to a controversial “red flag” bill that allows courts to seize firearms from people considered to be a threat to themselves and others....

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Catlin to seek re-election to Colorado House

Rep. Marc Catlin, a Republican from Montrose, will seek re-election in 2020, according to an affidavit filed with Colorado Secretary of State in January. Catlin is the former longtime manager of...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State House passes controversial sex education bill

DENVER – The Colorado State House passed a bill Tuesday that will expand sexual education requirements in public schools and ensure that abstinence-only programs are banned. House Bill 1032, which...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sex ed bill clears House after emotional debate

The Colorado House gave initial approval to a bill Friday that would expand state requirements for sexual education in schools after hours of angry, tearful speeches and relentless opposition from...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State senator breaks with party line on hot topics

Montrose Republican Sen. Don Coram is leading a state effort to fund a controversial sex education program in Colorado’s public schools, the latest example of his break with his party on hot topics...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural residents may soon be able to visit pharmacy of their choice

When the 416 Fire shut down U.S. Highway 550 last summer and nearly marooned the tiny town of Silverton, registered nurse Lois MacKenzie traveled 60 miles to Montrose to get prescriptions for her...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

State looks to expand opioid treatment centers, but not in Southwest Colorado

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, wants to expand a network of centers dedicated to treating opioid addiction in southern Colorado as the state’s overdose deaths have risen to an...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural lawmakers want government health insurance for Colorado

Two rural legislators want Colorado to become the first state in the country to offer a government-run health plan to combat the rising costs of health insurance. Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, and...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis wants to expand immigrant driver’s license program to Durango

Gov. Jared Polis has requested that lawmakers set aside more than $480,000 that would allow Durango driver’s license officials to offer licenses to undocumented immigrants, an expansion of a...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

In-state tuition at Fort Lewis College could freeze next year

Fort Lewis College tuition for in-state students would not rise next year with the passage of a proposed $121 million boost to higher-education funding announced Tuesday by Gov. Jared Polis. The...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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