State Sen. Ellen Roberts

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Republicans adjust to leadership turnover in state Legislature

DENVER – The upcoming state legislative session will feature a whole new cast of lead characters for the Republican Party after its leadership was overhauled in the wake of the November elections....

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Southwest Colorado legislators prepare for upcoming session

DENVER – Southwest Colorado’s state legislators are gearing up for the 2017 session that will begin Jan. 11 – although there could be some shifting of jobs. That’s because of a Senate vacancy that...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Some legislators carry concealed arms

DENVER — When state representatives debate gun-control bills in the House today, some of them will come armed with more than a quick wit and a law degree.They’ll be packing heat.For years, the...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: MT - News

Proposition 106: Medical aid-in-dying offers some control to terminally ill

Legislators have in two sessions debated giving Coloradans the right to control their end of life, and failed to do so. A “Yes” vote on Proposition 106 will do what the Legislature could not....

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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Ellen Roberts resigns from state Senate

Republican state Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango announced Sunday that she is resigning to focus more on family and her private law practice. Her move is likely to set into motion shifts within the...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Lawmakers accused of interfering with initiative process

DENVER – State Sen. Ellen Roberts of Durango believes fellow lawmakers inappropriately meddled with the initiative process to project problems with a primary election ballot question. When...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hickenlooper signs bill in Durango

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday stopped at the Durango-La Plata County Airport to sign Senate Bill 16-168 into law, allowing counties and municipalities to enter into authorities with...

DATE: May 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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S.W. Colorado lawmakers reflect on wins, losses

DENVER – Southwest Colorado lawmakers spent the legislative session advancing bills on water, wildfires and response efforts in the wake of the Gold King Mine spill. The three Republican lawmakers...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Trail of dead bills blamed on partisanship at Colorado Legislature

DENVER – Within hours of the end of the legislative session, leaders played the blame game, pointing fingers at the other party for lackluster progress. The list of priorities earlier in the year...

DATE: May 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rain barrels cleared to catch roof runoff

DENVER – After two years and a downpour of controversy, Coloradans soon will be allowed to use barrels to collect rain that falls from their roofs. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation...

DATE: May 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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GOP lawmakers in Southwest Colorado split over Trump

DENVER – Two of Southwest Colorado’s three lawmakers say they will support Donald Trump after news Tuesday that he is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. Reps. Don Coram of Montrose and J....

DATE: May 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Alamosa Republican supports hospital fee restructuring

DENVER – An effort to restructure a hospital fee to free money for state spending advanced in the Legislature on Tuesday, a day after it was introduced with a GOP sponsor. Sen. Larry Crowder, an...

DATE: March 29, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News