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Congressman Scott Tipton - In Conversation

Jul 18, 2013
Chris Janjic

Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) who represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District was a speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by Pitkin County Republicans.  He stopped at Aspen Public Radio's studios for an interview.  He spoke with APR's Roger Adams about:

Forest fire prevention

Western water rights

Rebuilding the GOP

and, his recent reelection.

Elise Thatcher

Oil and gas activists peppered Governor John Hickenlooper with questions this weekend. At first they protested outside the St. Regis hotel, hoping to catch Hickenlooper and other democratic governors in a conference. When Colorado’s governor didn’t come out to talk, demonstrators followed him to the Aspen Institute... where Hickenlooper appeared to get flustered after a barrage of questions.   

Marci Krivonen

The lawsuit 55 Colorado sheriffs filed to overturn two new gun laws goes in front of a judge today. The laws went into effect July first. Now, an attorney representing the sheriffs will ask that parts of the law that limits gun magazines be put on hold. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

The sheriffs and other plaintiffs in the case, including one retired police officer, want the new laws completely struck from the books. One law limits gun magazines to 15 rounds. The other mandates background checks for all gun transfers.

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Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz, of Snowmass, yesterday (Tuesday, 6-25) introduced the candidate she hopes will replace her in an election a year and a half from now. Aspen Public Radio’s Rebecca Kruth reports. 

Schwartz is term limited and will not be able to run in the next election. She met with Pitkin County Democrats in Aspen to announce Kerry Donovan of Eagle County as the candidate for Schwartz’s seat on the 2014 ballot.

Schwartz says it’s “critical” that Democrats maintain a majority in the State Senate in Denver and that Donovan is right for the job.

As emergency crews work to handle fires in several areas around Colorado - there's a place you can go to find more information, as it happens, and see how things are developing.

The Colorado Department of Emergency Management has created a website and mapping tool through google maps.

You can see the Colorado Department of Emergency Management site here. The map is below.

Aspen Public Radio will keep you up to date on-air and on-line as the stories develop.

The Black Forest Fire earned another distinction Thursday as fire officials announced they had discovered the remains of two persons in the fire zone. The other Colorado fires are beginning to wind down.

With new evacuations overnight, firefighters continue to battle the Black Forest Fire while other fires in Colorado are seeing some containment or slower growth.

gailschwartz.com

Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is looking back on a productive legislative session about a month after it wrapped up. The democrat introduced 35 bills. Most were successful in a democratically-controlled Statehouse. Her bills ranged from water conservation to making hemp a viable commercial product. I sat down with her to discuss these efforts. We began with House Bill 252, one of the most hotly contested measures this session. The now-law requires 18 rural electric cooperatives from Montrose to Gunnison, increase the amount of renewable sources they use.

Two days after the one year anniversary of the High Park Fire and ahead of the Waldo Canyon anniversary, Colorado’s wildfire season has started in earnest.

@millie_hamner (Twitter)

 

The latest legislative session in Denver was the first Lawmaker Millie Hamner spent representing Pitkin County. It was the democratic representative’s second term, but a redraw of legislative maps in 2011, broadened her district to include Pitkin County. A former superintendent of schools, she now chairs the education committee at the Statehouse. Her most controversial bill this session centered on funding for k-12 education. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen spoke with her about it shortly after the session ended on May 8th.


 

 

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