Every year tens of thousands of Coloradans who go to the hospital to get healed actually get sicker. They get infections as a result of their medical care. An unknown number of those people die. Hospitals don’t have to make their infection rates public, except for a handful of procedures. The state health department publishes [...]

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Colorado Democratic lawmakers say they’ll try to reverse a decision cutting off free breakfasts for needy children…Two rodeo events some consider cruel to animals are up for debate in the Colorado legislature…and, a Denver seminary is offering a master’s degree for military chaplains aimed at helping them assist servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress [...]

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Monday Index

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Colorado is poised to pay a role in rare earth metals (Denver Post). The Army issues a new environmental impact study regarding Pinon Canyon (Chieftain).

The Southern Delivery Pipeline hits more snags, but Colorado Springs Utilities officials say construction won’t be delayed (Gazette). The cost of a buyout of [...]

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Friday Index

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Colorado lawmakers seek an audit of the Public Utilities Commission (Denver Post). New funding for schools’ breakfast programs blocked (Denver Post). Colorado’s congressional representatives plan to sit together during the State of the Union address (Denver Post). Congressman Doug Lamborn (R) signs on to co-sponsor a bill that would [...]

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Northbound I-25 shuts down after an accident near milemarker 104 in Pueblo (KRDO). The CS Independent takes a look at the state pension fund, known as PERA. The maintenance of state roadways may fall to local jurisdictions (CS Independent). Senator Mark Udall (D) plans visits to Walsenburg and the San [...]

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The state’s legislative session has gotten off to a relatively slow start with briefings from various agencies and speeches. But lawmakers have introduced dozens of bills in the first week, including many that will be controversial. Some of the measures include proof of citizenship to vote, an Arizona-style immigration law, and measures to bring back [...]

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Army officials report suicide rates at Fort Carson continue to drop…and, the campaign to raise money to help repair Colorado’s capitol dome officially kicked off today.

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DIA is set to raise fees for off-site parking lots, which could lead to a price increase for customers (Denver Post).

The Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs adopts “Twelve Steps of Courage,” which offers a support group for homosexuals (Gazette). Air Force Reservists return from their latest deployment (Gazette, Continue Reading

Congress begins to take up the issue of repealing last year’s healthcare reform law, and Colorado members of the House of Representatives are splitting along party lines…and, Colorado unions are rallying at the state capitol to present initiatives they say will help create jobs.

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Southern Colorado hospitals are at the forefront for digitizing medical records (KKTV). Rising costs could push gas rates higher in the Front Range (Denver Post).

In El Paso County, commissioners are set to discuss an extension for Powers Boulevard (Gazettte), and to look at policies and how they effect [...]

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Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper appeared to hit a home run on his first state of the state speech, receiving praise from lawmakers on opposite ends of the political spectrum. To kick off this session’s Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland analyzes the speech, and how the political mood may be working in his favor.

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Coloradans are marking Martin Luther King, Jr. day with marches and parades as well as a rodeo…Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is wrapping up his tour of the state in Limon and Loveland today as he talks to local officials, business leaders and residents about his economic plan…Electrical power to Fort Carson has been restored after [...]

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Monday Index

On January 17, 2011 By

Governor Hickenlooper toured the state for public economic forums, including stops in Pueblo and Colorado Springs (Gazette, Chieftain).

In Colorado Springs, the police department is set to stop publishing the annual list of the city’s most dangerous intersections (Gazette). Two neighborhoods see multiple tire slashings (Gazette, Continue Reading

The new chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court updated lawmakers on the state of judiciary today. Justice Michael Bender says budget cuts have hurt morale in local courts, but his address largely focused on non-budgetary challenges and accomplishments. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Friday Index

On January 14, 2011 By

In Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy receives a $2 million gift (Gazette). Police investigate possible threats against a council member (KRDO). A health company seeking to buy the Memorial Health System takes steps to stall efforts to put the matter on the April ballot (CSBJ*).

An over-capacity crowd [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper got a bi-partisan round of applause and one standing ovation yesterday when he delivered his first state of the state address to a joint session of the legislature. Both Republicans and Democrats praised the new Governor for outlining the challenges ahead and setting a good tone. Bente Birkeland has more from the [...]

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Governor John Hickenlooper says he plans to redefine the role of state government. He outlined his plans during his first state of the state address to the legislature…and, Colorado congressman Mike Coffman wants to furlough federal employees for two weeks and cut senators’ and U.S. representatives’ pay by 10 percent.

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In El Paso County, officials aim to fix communication breakdowns that have led to soldiers being deployed while also awaiting court dates (Gazette). New commissioner Peggy Littleton urges prayer at each meeting (Gazette). Colorado Springs city council is set to consider ballot language regarding Memorial Hospital (Gazette).

Falcon D-49 [...]

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Thirty-one new state lawmakers took the oath of office yesterday. Much of the attention was focused on the House of Representatives which switched to Republican control for the first time in six years. Democrats remain in control of the state Senate. And while lawmakers stressed the importance of bi-partisanship, for some Democrats the session started [...]

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The state’s 68th general assembly kicked into gear today with lawmakers filling both legislative chambers…and, Fort Carson has broken ground on a new outpatient behavioral health clinic.

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Former CSU-Pueblo president Joe Garcia becomes Colorado’s Lt. Governor (Chieftain). A state water agency upholds a water quality certification associated with the planned Southern Delivery System, and appealed by an environmental labor group and Pueblo County’s District Attorney (Gazette, Chieftain). Mountain communities in Colorado see a higher foreclosure rate [...]

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Colorado’s 42nd Governor, Democrat John Hickenlooper, is pledging to obsessively promote the state to help boost the economy, and improve the quality of life for future generations. That was among several proclamations he made moments after being sworn in before a crowd of dignitaries, lawmakers, and members of the state’s supreme court. Statehouse correspondent Bente [...]

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Democrat John Hickenlooper has been sworn into office as Colorado’s 42nd governor….State lawmakers are preparing to take the oath of office tomorrow when Colorado’s annual legislative session begins…and, Colorado education officials say statewide school enrollment has risen by nearly 11,000 students or 1.3 percent.

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