Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Don Coram, Barbara McLachlan named ‘Rural School Champions’

DENVER – Lawmakers Don Coram, R-Montrose, and Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, were named Rural Schools Champions on Monday evening by the Colorado Rural School Alliance during a reception at Fort...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Supreme Court ruling requires developer’s consent on HOA rule changes

DENVER – Another step was taken in resolving construction defects litigation in Colorado, but there’s dispute over whether that step was forward or backward. At issue is a Monday ruling by the...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Rolling coal’ bill becomes law

DENVER – A Senate bill is now in effect to prevent drivers from knowingly blowing exhaust smoke to obscure the vision of other drivers, cyclists or pedestrians. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado bill makes birth control more accessible for women

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that makes contraceptive medicine more accessible for women. House Bill 1186, sponsored by Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, requires insurance...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Audit finds film office has been paying incentives to non-eligible projects

DENVER – A statewide audit shows that millions of Colorado taxpayer dollars have been going toward film incentives for productions that fail to meet minimum qualifications. According to an audit of...

DATE: June 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado teacher shortage study gets underway

DENVER – The state’s Department of Higher Education is beginning its work to study teacher shortages after State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, sponsored a bill requiring it. McLachlan, with...

DATE: June 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

The perks and pitfalls of technology in the classroom

DENVER Seven hours. That might be a good night’s sleep or an easy day at work for some, but for children it represents the average daily time they spend plugged into some form of entertainment...

DATE: June 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Department of Education addresses post secondary achievement

DENVER – Members of Colorado’s minority communities are predicted to face a backslide in educational achievement after high school. This was one of the sobering realizations provided Thursday by...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Indivisible Durango to hold rally for gun-violence awareness

Starting today, hundreds of thousands of Americans will don the color orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Over the weekend, rallies will be held in all 50 states, including...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hospital Provider Fee reform signed into law in Colorado

DENVER – The saga of the Hospital Provider Fee came to an end Tuesday in Fowler, a town of just over 1,100 people east of Pueblo, when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 267 into law. The...

DATE: May 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Denver area doctors seek to ban smartphone sales to preteens

DENVER – On the dark side of the Colorado Legislature’s website, there are some interesting proposals that voters might see on upcoming ballots. Examples include more than 12 transportation funding...

DATE: May 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango district warns of student exposure to destructive media

DENVER – Durango School District 9-R has sent a letter to staff and parents to thank them for their involvement in the suicide prevention summit and to warn about two issues that have gained...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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