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71st session of the General Assembly comes to a close: U.S. 84 between Pagosa Springs and state line to be named the Nolan Olson Memorial Highway

The 71st session of the General Assembly came to a resounding close after 120 days of crafting, discussing, arguing, reconciling, meeting and contemplating. The full version of this story is…

Strong 2018 economic forecast provides a boost to the state budget

Colorado’s constitution requires the state of Colorado to balance its budget every year; that sounds easier than it is. The full version of this story is available in the print…

Focusing on fairness, communication and opportunity for rural Colorado

People with broadband service get to fill out college applications at home, watch YouTube videos, email friends and research important topics. The full version of this story is available in…

Diversity contributes to state’s growth

Like the parable of the blind men describing an elephant, it’s easy to forget that not everyone in our state is surrounded by the rugged mountains, green fields, charming small…

Outdoor Retailer show brings business to Colorado

Gunnison and other mountain towns consistently run into a mutual problem: guests leave early because they can’t acclimate to breathing in the high altitude. The full version of this story…

Final week of session: Conversations and compromises

I’ve had an exciting first year as your state representative. Several of my bills have passed through the gauntlet of House, Senate and governor, all with bipartisan support. I’m doing…

Proposed bill creates plan to address teacher shortage

A superintendent from rural Colorado testified in the House a few weeks ago. She told a story of advertising for a math teacher for 18 months, without one applicant. Another…

Proposed bill provides funding for lead testing in schools

Lead can seriously change the trajectory of a child’s life. Studies show that lead is never safe in a child’s body. Exposure can seriously affect a child’s IQ, attention span…

Bill designed to kick-start Water Plan

When it comes to the water battle in Colorado, the divide is much stronger between urban and rural than Democrat and Republican. The full version of this story is available…

Hospital Provider Fee: Cut or not?

When my son accidentally punctured his eardrum years ago, we rushed him to Mercy Hospital. The doctors’ offices were closed, and Durango didn’t have the time. He was fine, but…

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