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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6:37am

Fri December 13, 2013
Politics

Following A Turbulent Year, Colorado Lawmakers Unsure What 2014 Holds

The Colorado Senate chamber, seen in a budget debate in 2011. Members are hoping to put the past in the past and work together, but post-recall shake-ups and an election year could make that difficult.
Colorado State GOP Flickr - Creative Commons

When Colorado lawmakers return in January, the makeup of the state Senate will be different. Coming off a tumultuous off session with two first-ever recalls and a resignation can do that. The state’s Democrats now have a new Senate President and only a one-seat hold on the majority.

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6:31am

Thu December 12, 2013
Gun Control

Private Gun Sales See Effect From New Background Check Law

Bill Bradford Flickr - Creative Commons

Democratic state lawmakers say a new law requiring universal background checks for gun purchases is working well. Data from the Department of Public Safety shows 2 percent of private gun sales were blocked because of the law.

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3:27pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Oil and Gas

Colorado Oil And Gas Lawsuits Draw Critical Response

A drilling site near homes outside of Mead, Colo. in Aug. 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado’s energy industry trade group is now involved on three fronts with lawsuits over voter approved fracking bans or moratoriums. The latest move involved the announcement of suits against Lafayette and Fort Collins.  

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12:49pm

Sun November 24, 2013
Oil and Gas

Post-Election, Oil And Gas Industry Steps Up Outreach

Governor Hickenlooper explains a new rule he's proposing to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Two of the companies behind the effort, Anadarko and Noble Energy have recently created a public education outreach organization on fracking.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Colorado’s Energy industry is continuing to make the case that hydraulic fracturing is safe and a critical part of the state’s economy.

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12:35pm

Tue November 19, 2013
Politics

Ethics Complaint Against Hickenlooper Moves Forward

State of Colorado

Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission is moving forward to review an ethics complaint against Governor John Hickenlooper. The Governor’s office blasted the claim saying it has no merit.

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