Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.

 

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2:57pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Politics

Governor’s TBD Initiative Enters Next Phase

Members of Governor John Hickenlooper’s TBD initiative to tackle the state’s biggest policy challenges are now looking ahead to the next steps in the process. Advisers met with the Governor this week to analyze the initial data and offer their feedback.

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4:44pm

Mon July 23, 2012

5:00am

Fri July 20, 2012
Environment

Oil and Gas Drilling: How Close is Too Close?

KUNC

Oil and gas regulators in Colorado are considering whether to increase the setbacks buffering drilling rigs from schools and homes. A loose group of stakeholders has been meeting over the past few months to hammer out the issue. A recommendation is scheduled this fall.

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4:42pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Water

What the Drought Means for Future Water Storage

Horsetooth Reservoir Outside Ft. Collins.
Charkesw Flickr/CreativeCommons

Each year Colorado lawmakers pass a bill to fund water projects, but last session the measure almost failed after it became a casualty of a Republican filibuster on civil unions. The Governor and lawmakers ultimately passed the measure during a special session.

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5:25am

Mon July 16, 2012
Politics

Colorado Reacts To The President's New Immigration Policy

Colorado's Capitol Building
KUNC

Immigrant rights groups in Colorado say they hope President Barack Obama’s  deferred deportation executive order will have an impact on local policies, such as efforts to pass a new tuition category for certain illegal immigrant students.

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