The Colorado House of Representative is hosting an open house next Wednesday in an effort to show the public what it's really like working under the gold dome. Lawmakers say the goal is to attract newcomers to the building and shed light on the legislative process. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Conservation groups and alternative energy advocates are at odds over a proposal that would put solar panels on public lands in Colorado and other Western states. KDNK's Conrad Wilson says a new report calls the federal government's plans into question.
Legislative leaders have reached an impasse on budget negotiations while the state's six person Joint Budget Committee met in an undisclosed location on Monday to try and hammer out a budget agreement. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports now the Democratic senate president is threatening to introduce a separate budget.
With a divided Congress, getting anything done in Washington has been difficult. Immigration reform has been one of the most divisive topic among lawmakers. Now, a variety of immigrant-rights groups around the country have all but officially given up on their dreams of comprehensive federal immigration reform over the next few years. Instead, they're pushing to make immigration enforcement less strict. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Alan Kaplan of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition about one of those new programs.
A bill being considered in the statehouse would drastically increase the energy industry's representation on Colorado's oil and gas regulation commission. If it passes, it could mean huge deregulation of an industry that many in the state are concerned about. KDNK's Mathew Katz and Conrad Wilson sat down with KVNF's Ariana Brocious to discuss what the changes would mean for drilling in Colorado.
A bi-partisan compromise to create a healthcare exchange is in jeopardy. Republican house majority leader Amy Stephens says she'll introduce an amendment that will drastically change the bill. Just days earlier Stephens stressed the importance of an exchange saying it would help small businesses and individuals purchase affordable health insurance, and make the market more competitive. But as KDNK's Bente Birkeland explores in capitol conversation, this abrupt change of course is becoming increasingly common from Republican leadership.
Gas prices have been skyrocketing lately, largely thanks to the unrest in the Middle East. Prices peaking at over four dollars a gallon have caused locals to re-evaluate how much they drive. The Youth Radio Broadcasting students and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment program recently hit the streets to find out how high gas prices have to go for Valley residents to change their driving habits.
A bill working its way through the state senate would put Colorado on Daylight Savings Time year-round. But as KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, many in the ski industry are against it.
The Republican house majority leader is under fire from fellow conservatives for sponsoring a bi-partisan healthcare exchange bill. The measure aims to increase competition in the healthcare market. It's also a key part of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul. It gets its first hearing at the capitol today. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
A new coffee shop has just opened in Carbondale. The Blend Coffee Company on Highway 133, just south of Main Street, aims to provide locals with high-quality coffee and espresso drinks. KDNK's Mathew Katz visited the cafe, and bring us this report.