Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirNovember 16, 20172min2350

… to his resume, having picked up the accolade this week from the Colorado Livestock Association “for his work and commitment to Colorado’s agriculture and livestock industry.” So says an association press announcement. Of course, the veteran Republican lawmaker from Sterling is going to have to shoehorn that latest distinction in alongside some others — most notably, farmer and rancher, water warrior and state senator.

It all adds up to an ideal member of the General Assembly in the eyes of livestock association chief exec Bill Hammerich, who had this to say:

“Senator Jerry Sonnenberg is a real-life farmer and rancher who has a deep-rooted understanding of and passion for agriculture in Colorado. This is most evident in his actions as he represents not just his constituents in Senate District One, but all of Colorado agriculture in carrying out his duties in the Colorado Senate …”

As the association reminds us in its press release, Sonnenberg is a Colorado native and lifelong farmer and rancher on the land where both he and his dad grew up. Importantly to his rural constituents across a vast swath of eastern Colorado, he chairs the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. Pretty much a shoo-in for this week’s honor.


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Seaplane advocates tried again to make inroads with the legislature to land the floating aircraft on the public waters in Colorado Thursday. The state and national seaplane pilots associations made their case to a fairly reptive interim Water Resources Review Committee, a panel of lawmakers that reviews possible legislation for the session that starts in […]

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Marianne GoodlandOctober 5, 201711min295
A dispute between mine owner in Ouray hoping to restart a silver mine and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is now being reviewed by a legislative water committee. Ouray Silver Mines wants to reopen a mine that produces silver, gold, lead and copper and would bring 152 jobs to Ouray County, […]

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Ernest LuningErnest LuningOctober 3, 20178min5480

It's safe to say no one is happy with the special legislative session that convened Monday and concluded Tuesday at the Colorado Capitol.  Gov. John Hickenlooper has faced nearly unified opposition from Republican lawmakers since calling the special session in order to come up with a "simple fix" to a drafting error in complicated legislation he signed earlier this year.


Marianne GoodlandSeptember 28, 20179min247

A legislative committee looking at the school finance act Wednesday announced they’ve picked the company that will help take the deep dive into how the state pays for public schools. Cross and Joftus, based in Maryland, will take on the heavy lifting over the next year to figure out the solutions to Colorado’s strange mix of finance and school funding policy. The company will handle data and analysis, research, and taking input from a variety of stakeholders. The General Assembly set aside $383,000 in 2017-18 and 2018-19 to pay for the consultant as well as other expenses.


Marianne GoodlandSeptember 19, 20176min236
Gov. John Hickenlooper Monday responded to criticism from Republican lawmakers and others about the special session he called last week to address a mistake made in the hospital provider fee law. The measure, signed into law on May 30, is intended to spare hospitals from a greater than half-billion budget cut in 2017-18. The law […]

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