Luke Perkins

Position: Herald Staff Writer

Letter calls for ethics investigation of Sen. Don Coram

DENVER – State Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, is getting some heat for a bill he carried during the 2017 legislative session because of a perceived conflict of interest. Senate Bill 117, which...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s construction defects reform signed into law

DENVER – The ink is officially drying on the first success for construction defects litigation reform in Colorado, House Bill 1279. The bill represents a highlight of bipartisan efforts in the 2017...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Congressmen: Canyons of the Ancients needs no changes

DENVER – Republican Congressmen Scott Tipton and Cory Gardner cleared up confusion over where they stand in regards to the protection of Canyons of Ancients National Monument Tuesday with a letter...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Colorado law has unaffiliated voters concerned over privacy

DENVER – A pair of organizations which represent independent voters that sought a veto of a bill designed to codify Propositions 107 and 108, which were approved by voters in November, say they’re...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New law allows counties to consider retail marijuana sales tax

La Plata County may have a new way to address its budget woes: a tax hike on marijuana. House Bill 1203, which was approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango crew deploys to Georgia to combat wildfire

The Durango Fire Protection District has a crew cruising down to the Florida-Georgia line to assist at a fire that experts predict could last through the summer. Four of the agency’s wildland...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vision for Durango interchange lacks one thing: Money

The movers and shakers of the Colorado Department of Transportation took a swing through Durango Tuesday to discuss the state of funding and the vision for the southwest corner of the state. The...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

At session’s end, Legislature touts progress on multiple issues

DENVER – The 2017 legislative session wrapped up Wednesday, and the consensus just hours after adjournment was relayed in an ad hoc mixture of sports metaphors with a sprinkling of culinary ones....

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southwest Colorado lawmakers put rural concerns above party politics

DENVER – While the final days of the legislative session brought elected officials together in support of a measure to buoy rural Colorado, lawmakers from the southwest corner of the state had been...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Barbara McLachlan passes resolution opposing National Monument review

DENVER – State Rep. Barbara McLachlan, D-Durango, used a resolution to make a statement on where she stands on the Trump administration’s effort to review National Monuments. House Resolution 11,...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Legislature OKs controversial charter school funding bill

DENVER – The controversial topic of equitable funding for Colorado charter schools was put to rest for the 2017 Legislative session Wednesday with the passage of a bill on the distribution of local...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Last minute bill approval spares hospitals from $264M cut

DENVER – In the closing moments of the Legislative session, lawmakers avoided taking $264 million in federal funds away from Colorado’s hospitals, and designates funding for transportation. Senate...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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