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Kerry Donovan will stay on the ranch and in the Capitol, because Congress can wait

Sen. Kerry Donovan

State Sen. Kerry Donovan took a break from working with a chainsaw on her family ranch Friday morning to take a phone call. Congress needs a rural Western Democrat who’s a woman, but that won’t be her after next year’s election, she said, putting to rest one of the most talked-about potential congressional candidates — […]

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Colorado Senate president ponders road ahead on transportation, Holbert says think local

Transportation
House Minority Leader Chris Holbert had legislative researchers look this up: When was the last time the General Assembly voted on any specific road project? The answer: 1899, a wagon road from Leadville to Pueblo using convicts. The public perception these days, however, is that Capitol Dome is the end of the road when it […]

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Colorado mental hospital can’t keep up with court-ordered evaluations; lawmakers concerned

Colorado mental hospital

The state mental hospital can’t keep up with judges increasingly assigning people there for mental competency evaluations, the Colorado Department of Human Services said Thursday. That means some people might spend more time than necessary locked up. Under a 2012 court settlement with the advocacy organization Disability Law Colorado, those sent to the Colorado Mental […]

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Power grid to get smarter for Xcel customers thanks to the Colorado PUC

power grid

Colorado’s power grid is about to get a big, modern boost, and customers’ should be able to save some money on electricity while better accommodating their electrical vehicles and smart appliances. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission granted a pair of approvals Wednesday to clear the way to installing advanced metering infrastructure and associated components of […]

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BLM lands in Colorado roar economically when they’re very quiet, says new report

BLM Public Lands

Peace and quiet in Colorado’s great outdoors has a value all its own, according to a study released Tuesday by the independent economic analysts ECONorthwest. In 2015, non-motorized recreation such as camping, hiking, climbing, hunting, mountain biking and rafting attracted 1.23 million visits to public lands from the mountains to the plains, generating $54.3 million […]

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Colorado to study good government with billionaire hedge fund manager’s millions

Hickenlooper good government

Colorado will get to study ways to make government more efficient and responsive with $4.5 million from the foundation of a billionaire former hedge fund manager. The grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will launch the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the still new Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at […]

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