Bente Birkeland

State Capitol Reporter

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.

 

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1:23pm

Fri December 20, 2013
Economy

Colorado's Growth, Employment Positive Heading Into 2014

For Nov. 2013, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,200 over the month from October to November to 2,378,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,900 and government increased 1,300.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

There’s good news for Colorado’s economy going into 2014, the latest economic forecast is projecting solid growth. The state’s employment rate also continues to grow faster than the nation’s.

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6:09am

Fri December 20, 2013
Politics

Hickenlooper Speaks To 2014 Legislative Agenda

The Governor addresses the media Thursday looking ahead to the 2014 legislative session.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper says he wants to focus on jobs, the economy and non-partisan issues during the next legislative session. As he outlined his agenda Thursday, his biggest hope is that politics will take a back seat.

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9:13am

Thu December 19, 2013
Politics

Following Arapahoe, Lawmakers Reflect On Gun Laws

A sign of the intense debate, gun advocates wait outside the capitol's largest hearing room because the room is full, March 4, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

6:48am

Wed December 18, 2013
Oil and Gas

Colorado Approves Stronger Oil And Gas Spill Reporting

A drilling rig seen in Western Colo. on the Piceance Basin, Aug. 2010.
John Giez Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado is beefing up requirements for reporting oil and gas spills. The new rule would require energy companies to report spills that are over 1 barrel or 42 gallons.

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2:47pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Politics

Following Hudak Resignation, Zenzinger Sworn Into Office

Lawmakers watch Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D- Arvada) take the oath of office. She replaces Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) who resigned to avoid a potential recall election.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Sworn into office Friday, Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) is the newest state senator. She replaces Evie Hudak who resigned rather than face a potential recall election over supporting stricter gun laws.

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