Position: Legislative reporter

Email: rhandy@durangoherald.com

About: Ryan Maye Handy has worked for various Colorado newspapers, including The Gazette in Colorado Springs and The Coloradoan in Fort Collins. She most recently worked for the Houston Chronicle, where she reported on oil and gas regulation and energy issues. Handy graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of arts in Comparative Literature and Russian Language. She also has a master of science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Handy has extensively studied Russian language and culture. Read More

State House passes controversial sex education bill

DENVER – The Colorado State House passed a bill Tuesday that will expand sexual education requirements in public schools and ensure that abstinence-only programs are banned. House Bill 1032, which...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sex-ed bill clears House after emotional debate

The Colorado House gave initial approval to a bill Friday that would expand state requirements for sexual education in schools after hours of angry, tearful speeches and relentless opposition from...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 17 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

State senator breaks with party line to support sex ed bill

Montrose Republican Sen. Don Coram is leading a state effort to fund a controversial sex education program in Colorado’s public schools, the latest example of the senator’s unusual break with his...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Why do rural schools struggle to recruit, keep teachers?

Nyibol Bior, an overworked Longmont teacher, applied last April to the rural Dolores School District hoping for a fresh start. But she balked when a job offer as a special education teacher for the...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rural residents may soon be able to visit pharmacy of their choice

When the 416 Fire shut down U.S. Highway 550 last summer and nearly marooned the tiny town of Silverton, registered nurse Lois MacKenzie traveled 60 miles to Montrose to get prescriptions for her...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill would require mining companies to demonstrate they can mitigate pollution

Hardrock mining companies in Colorado may be required to demonstrate they can pay to treat polluted water and give a timeline for performing treatment before receiving permits, according to a bill...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Gov. Polis signs bill paving way for brewers to more easily enter grocery stores

The first bill signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis will ease the path of beer into local grocery stores and eliminate what brewers say would have been “devastating” regulations on how they brew,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Democrats want presidential elections decided by popular vote

DENVER – Democratic lawmakers want to add Colorado to a list of states bent on determining presidential elections on popular votes alone. Senate Bill 042, among the more unusual floating around the...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

State looks to expand opioid treatment centers, but not in Southwest Colorado

Colorado Senate President Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, wants to expand a network of centers dedicated to treating opioid addiction in southern Colorado as the state’s overdose deaths have risen to an...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Looking back: Movement to address health care costs and teacher shortages in Legislature’s third week

On their third week in the Capitol, Colorado lawmakers began the difficult task of tackling high health care costs in the state, but they also revisited bills killed last year and made moves to...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Polis creates office to tackle rising health care costs

Gov. Jared Polis has created of the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care, which will be dedicated to resolving the rising costs of treatment in hospitals, a growing opioid crisis and...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2019 | BLOG: Purple Mountain Politics

Rural lawmakers want government health insurance for Colorado

Two rural legislators want Colorado to become the first state in the country to offer a government-run health plan to combat the rising costs of health insurance. Rep. Marc Catlin, R-Montrose, and...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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