Bente Birkeland

Capitol Coverage Reporter for Rocky Mountain Community Radio

Bente Birkeland has covered Colorado politics and government since spring of 2006. She loves the variety and challenge of the state capitol beat and talking to people from all walks of life. Bente's work has aired on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, American Public Media'sMarketplace, and she was a contributor for WNYC's The Next Big Thing. She has won numerous local and national awards, including best beat reporting from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. Bente grew up in Minnesota and England, and loves skiing, hiking, and is an aspiring cello player. She lives in Lakewood with her husband.



Tue November 19, 2013
The Business of Film

As Hollywood Goes Digital, Colo. Hopes To Save Rural Theaters

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 12:18 pm

The Sands Theater in Brush got a $20,000 grant from the state, and will need to come up with an additional $30,000 to convert digitally.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Theater projectors are going where most of the dazzling special effects in summer blockbusters have gone: All digital. In 2014, Hollywood will no longer release movies on traditional film stock. Theaters must convert or be forced to close – including those in rural Colorado.

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Mon November 18, 2013
Oil and Gas

Hickenlooper Proposes New Oil And Gas Air Quality Regulations

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 3:15 pm

A drilling rig nestled in the greenspace between developments in Frederick, Colo., Aug. 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

Calling them ‘groundbreaking,’ Governor John Hickenlooper proposed new statewide air quality rules for oil and gas drilling Monday. The rules aim to reduce air pollution from methane emissions.

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Wed November 6, 2013
2013 Election

Colorado Says Yes To Pot Taxes, No To Education Tax

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 6:35 am

Colorado Voters statewide spoke overwhelmingly on two tax initiatives. Recreational marijuana taxes passed, while the education tax was struck down.
Larimer County Sample Ballot

Colorado voters gave a mixed reaction Tuesday on a pair of statewide tax increases. Voters didn’t want to tax themselves to pay for education, but were overwhelmingly willing to tax recreational marijuana to help rebuild schools.

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Wed October 30, 2013
2013 Election

Republicans Have The Edge In Colorado Early Voting

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 6:17 am

A mail ballot for the City and County of Denver
Nathan Heffel KUNC

About ten percent of Colorado’s registered voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 5 election. So far Republicans have turned out in higher numbers.

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Mon October 28, 2013
Recreational Marijuana

'Ganja-preneurs' Set Their Sights On Colorado Pot Tourism

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 7:47 am

Participants with My 420 Tours.
Chandler Kim used with permission

Recreational marijuana shops won’t open their doors in Colorado until January and already several pot tourism companies are making plans to cash in on the new businesses.

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