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

No new gymnasium for Fort Lewis College as Colorado budget signed into law

DENVER – Colorado’s $30.5 billion budget for the next fiscal year has been signed into law, but it does not include $25 million in funding for Fort Lewis College’s planned expansion of its Whalen...

DATE: April 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 12 hours 23 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Full-day kindergarten funding advances in state Legislature

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers on the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved Gov. Jared Polis’ plan to fund full-day kindergarten Wednesday, inching one of the governor’s signature campaign...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Plan to double Parks and Wildlife fines gains momentum in Colorado

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have given initial approval to an effort to double or triple fines for hunting and fishing violations in Colorado’s state parks, part of an ongoing effort to update the...

DATE: April 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Recall efforts ramp up amid controversial legislation

DENVER – In January, when Mesa County residents heard that state lawmakers had introduced a bill that would fundamentally change presidential voting in Colorado, they started grabbing County...

DATE: April 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gov. Jared Polis highlights efforts to reduce health care costs

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis unveiled a “road map” Thursday for reducing health care costs in Colorado, highlighting at least 10 bills to address hospital charges, a state-backed insurance plan, a...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Surplus barely scratches surface of Southwest Colorado’s road needs

DENVER – Southwestern Colorado needs more than $470 million to improve roads, but an effort to use surplus tax money to cover those costs will fall far short of the region’s needs. This year,...

DATE: March 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Program adds incentive for rural teachers

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis signed into law Monday a bill that will expand a program offering rural teachers stipends, an incentive that lawmakers hope will draw teachers to the schools most affected...

DATE: March 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado is out of compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act

DENVER – Colorado is violating protocol when taking custody of Native American children and has inundated tribes with paperwork and delayed placing children in permanent homes, state employees told...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

House committee OKs opioid treatment but leaves out Southwest Colorado

DENVER – The House committee on public health on Friday green-lighted a lifesaving treatment program that offers medication to break opioid addiction and ease withdrawal. The drug program would...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers advance plan to track greenhouse gases

DENVER – Lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill Thursday that orders the state to expand its tracking and possibly regulations of greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, an effort to buck the...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislative committee kills Fort Lewis College’s $25M request for gym expansion

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have denied Fort Lewis College more than $25 million to construct a much-needed expansion of Whalen Gymnasium, which has already cost the college millions as part of a...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What will oil and gas reform mean for Colorado?

DENVER – A sweeping reform of oil and gas development working its way through the Capitol offers one of two futures for Colorado: a harmonious balance of anti- and pro-energy counties, or economic...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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