State Sen. Ellen Roberts

SW Colorado legislators prepare for upcoming session

DENVER – Southwest Colorado’s state legislators are gearing up for the 2017 session that will begin Jan. 11 – although there could be some shifting of jobs. That’s because of a Senate vacancy that...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Proposition 106: Medical aid-in-dying offers some control to terminally ill

Legislators have in two sessions debated giving Coloradans the right to control their end of life, and failed to do so. A “yes” vote on Proposition 106 will do what the Legislature could not....

DATE: Oct. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Ellen Roberts resigns from state Senate; Coram eyes position

Republican state Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango announced Sunday that she is resigning to focus more on family and her private law practice.Her move is likely to set into motion shifts within the...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill in Durango

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday stopped at the Durango-La Plata County Airport to sign Senate Bill 16-168 into law, allowing counties and municipalities to enter into authorities with...

DATE: May 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain barrels cleared to catch roof runoff

DENVER – After two years and a downpour of controversy, Coloradans soon will be allowed to use barrels to collect rain that falls from their roofs. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

S.W. Colorado lawmakers reflect on wins, losses

DENVER – Southwest Colorado lawmakers spent the legislative session advancing bills on water, wildfires and response efforts in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill. The three Republican lawmakers...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump divides Southwest Colorado’s GOP lawmakers

DENVER – Two of Southwest Colorado’s three lawmakers say they will support Donald Trump after news Tuesday that he is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. Reps. Don Coram of Montrose and J....

DATE: May 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Alamosa Republican supports hospital fee restructuring

DENVER – An effort to restructure a hospital fee to free money for state spending advanced in the Legislature on Tuesday, a day after it was introduced with a GOP sponsor. Sen. Larry Crowder, an...

DATE: March 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Roberts works compromise on Public Lands Day bill

DENVER – The Colorado Senate on Tuesday reached a compromise to advance a measure that would create a Public Lands Day in the state, thanks to a suggestion from Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango. The...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado state senator pushes for wildfire mitigation

DENVER – Durango Republican Ellen Roberts is burning with desire to curb wildfires.The state senator has outlined a list of priorities for the Legislature this year, including securing grants for...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rain barrel proposal drizzles down on Colorado Legislature

DENVER – Another attempt to allow Coloradans to collect rain water that falls on their roofs has started with a drizzle of legislation. Reps. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and Daneya Esgar,...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers from Southwest Colorado prepare for legislative session

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers representing Southwest Colorado are preparing for the upcoming legislative session, with focuses on the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill, rural health care costs,...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News