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4:41pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Politics

Office Of Consumer Counsel's Future Hinges On Debate In The Final Day Of The Session

KUNC File Photo

The debate over continuing the Office of Consumer Counsel won't be decided until the final day of the state's annual legislative session. The Office represents taxpayers when utility and telecom companies go to the state to ask for rate hikes. Without Senate Bill 271 [.pdf], the Office of Consumer Counsel would sunset and go away altogether.

Determining the scope of the office's role though has been contentious.

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1:18pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Environment

Weather Service Says Lower Temps May Help With Flash Flood Concerns

National Weather Service on Twitter

Heavy rainfall over parts of the Front Range has prompted a flash flood watch for those areas until 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 5.

"The ground is already saturated and the additional rainfall expected tonight is compounding the risk of flooding," said Frank Cooper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Despite the forecast looking similar to September 2013 when historic flooding occurred, Cooper said they aren't worried about a repeat event with these storms. An oncoming system, expected to get to the state Saturday, May 8 is colder, bringing a chance of snow in the mountains and higher foothills that could lower flooding potential.

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6:48am

Tue May 5, 2015

5:00am

Tue May 5, 2015
Oil Industry Taxes

North Dakota Streamlines Industry Taxes Amid Low Oil Prices

A Bakken drill site near Williston, North Dakota. The state has a made a change to their severance tax system for the industry, changing the rates for both a boom and and a downturn.
Courtesy of Ecoflight

The oil and gas industry pays a ton of money in severance taxes to energy producing states like Colorado, Wyoming and especially North Dakota. When oil prices were high, North Dakota took in about $10.5 million a day. But as prices have fallen, so has revenue. In the midst of this, North Dakota lawmakers have passed a bill to stabilize and lower the state's oil and gas tax rate.

Very few people in the state capitol of Bismarck support the state's current tax system.

"It was once explained to me that our tax policy is kinda like being on the Wheel of Fortune," Representative Al Carlson, the House Majority Leader said. "Because sometimes you can hit the big trip to Hawaii and the next spot can be bankruptcy."

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12:48pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Community

Roundup River Ranch-Believing In The Healing Powers Of "Ordinary" Childhood Fun

Roundup River Ranch offers old-fashioned, pure fun camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. At its beautiful Colorado ranch and through year-round activities, Roundup River Ranch offer campers and families the chance to enjoy the most extraordinarily ordinary joys of childhood.


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