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The Reporter Two-Way: County investment income

In 2017, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties all earned more than expected from their investment portfolios.

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Senate Republicans have passed a bill that would allow Coloradans who already have a handgun to conceal carry without a permit. It passed along party lines and will soon be debated in the Democratic-controlled House where it’s future is more uncertain.

Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. There are expectations of both Mentors and students in the program. Pre Collegiate has many local partners that give students in the program opportunities to travel to colleges and spend time on their campuses. 

  This week: a midvalley park needs more money, and wants property owners to supply it, Snowmass Village is prepping for summer, and Carbondale will announce new public art this month.

Welcome to Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Americans for the Arts

A new study shows that the arts contribute over $13 billion to Colorado’s economy every year.   

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As spring approaches and fire season returns, public lands managers have released plans for prescribed burns.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Colorado’s snowpack is hovering at about three-quarters of average, which could mean low spring runoff.



The sixth annual Apres Ski Cocktail Classic is underway. This year, the event that celebrates mixed drinks is mixing it up.  

Colorado lawmakers from both sides of the aisle recently voted out one of their own. The decision to expel Representative Steve Lebsock, (D) came after an independent report found the allegations of sexual harassment brought forth by five women to be credible.

Bente Birkeland discussed the outcome of the vote with Brian Eason of the Denver Post and Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics, specifically about what swayed some lawmakers, and how that could impact what’s happening in the Senate where three lawmakers have also been investigated for sexual harassment.

Democrats are harshly criticizing state Senate President Kevin Grantham, saying he’s preventing lawmakers accused of sexual harassment from being held accountable. Grantham has countered by saying that sexual harassment is a “cancer” that must be rooted out and that any lawmaker convicted of a crime should be expelled. But that answer hasn't satisfied Democrats.


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Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik said she has filed a formal workplace sexual harassment complaint against a fellow senator, Daniel Kagan, alleging that he was inside a restroom designated for female legislators and staff multiple times.

Colorado’s public pension system needs more money to remain viable. The Public Employees Retirement Association, or PERA, is the retirement benefit for teachers and other public employees. Right now, it’s only 58 percent funded. Senate Bill 200 is starting its journey through the legislature and it will need bipartisan support if it is going to pass.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Brian Eason of the Denver Post and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the bill, and what’s at stake.

As word came this week that yet another round of layoffs were planned for The Denver Post's newsroom, lawmakers at the Capitol worried about what the future would look like with less news. Among those concerned about the fate of news is Rep. Larry Liston, who for years has clipped articles from newspapers to keep track of what's going on. 

More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the trainings aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations. 

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