Supplemental bills now in House

Friday was the 45th day of the 120-day legislative session. However, it seemed more like the 100th. Committee hearings were going late, legislators and staff were looking tired and stressed, and...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature


President Barack Obama is flying to Denver today to sign the latest federal stimulus package. Obama has been traveling around quite a bit, and we should expect more.On Wednesday, he'll be in...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Wolf Creek

It appears the proposed Village at Wolf Creek is dead. Perhaps there is some benefit to the national economic downturn, after all. Or maybe the diligence of the Forest Service and the hard work of...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Budget woes ripple water

Throughout the West, the availability of water is a defining issue that can become contentious - or more - when communities that need it pressure those that have it to share. Colorado is certainly...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A Good Fit

Several individuals have noted that La Plata County's recently adopted 2009 budget identifies the completion of a new "comprehensive community plan" as one of our top priorities.Our conversations...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Committee looks at system's returns

This week, I'm reporting on the work of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ). I'm one of a few legislator members on this commission, and we've been meeting for more than...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Bills making way through process

Over the last few weeks I have written about several bills I am sponsoring. They are still moving through the legislative process.House Bill 1014, which will provide funds for the Division of Real...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Life in the Legislature

Conservation tax credit

It would be the worst kind of irony if the program that has preserved so many acres of Colorado's beautiful lands - and can preserve many more - was to be replaced by more miles of highway...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

A-Rod shows troubling culture

There is ample evidence showing that Americans take professional sports and the athletes in them quite seriously. Whether shelling out money, time or energy on their favorite team, sports fans...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Peanut butter

The reputation of peanut butter, for many years a staple of children's sandwiches and many other food products, has taken a serious beating. Calorie count, sugar content and peanut allergies have...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Bennet starts with smart staffing

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet seems to understand the old Broadway adage that says "don't monkey with a hit." He did the smart thing on taking office and simply took over his predecessor's office -...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

Immigrant tuition

Colorado benefits from the number of out-of-state college graduates who find the state appealing. Whether it's because of the easily accessible mountains and rivers under blue skies or the...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Guest Columns

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