Colorado Legislature http://www.kunc.org en Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-s-state-owned-firefighting-fleet-ready-takeoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colorado’s own aerial firefighting fleet will soon be much bigger. Following Governor </span>Hickenlooper’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;May 12 signature </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">on the bill authorizing a state-owned fleet, Colorado’s Division of Fire Prevention and Control has been busy contracting helicopters, single engine air tankers and early detection remote sensing aircraft.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:10:22 +0000 Nathan Heffel 58220 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado’s State-Owned Firefighting Fleet Ready For Takeoff Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box? http://www.kunc.org/post/will-war-rural-colorado-play-ballot-box <p>There’s often a divide between Colorado’s rural lawmakers and those representing larger communities along the urban Front Range. That dynamic was apparent during the 2014 legislative session with Republicans routinely blaming Democrats for waging what they said is a "war on rural Colorado."</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:56:12 +0000 Bente Birkeland 58009 at http://www.kunc.org Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box? Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-oil-and-gas-team-additions-means-more-wells-get-inspected <p>In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had <a href="http://www.kunc.org/post/inspector-shortage-colorado-oil-fields-sparks-concerns">just 17 inspectors</a> to examine over 47,000 active wells.</p><p>Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:06:00 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 58006 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session http://www.kunc.org/post/hickenlooper-trying-rally-support-oil-and-gas-compromise-special-session <p>Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:09:33 +0000 Bente Birkeland 57723 at http://www.kunc.org Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill http://www.kunc.org/post/gov-hickenlooper-has-signed-ban-long-term-solitary-mentally-ill <p>Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday, June 6 that bans the practice of keeping seriously mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.</p><p>The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, won the support of advocates and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who say the isolation of prisoners with mental illness violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and endangers public safety.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:01:50 +0000 Rocky Mountain PBS I-News & Kristin Jones 57511 at http://www.kunc.org Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill