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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7:00am

Mon October 28, 2013
Tourism

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

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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3:35pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Law

William Hood Will Be Colorado’s Next Supreme Court Justice

William Hood and his wife look on as Gov. Hickenlooper announces his appointment, Oct. 25.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the appointment of William Hood to the bench Friday afternoon. Hood is filling the place of retiring chief justice John Bender.

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3:03pm

Wed October 23, 2013
Colorado Legislature

Flood Recovery Committee Prepares To Meet

Flooded areas are seen from a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Boulder County, Colo., Sept. 18, 2013.
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jecca Geffre/Released

A bipartisan committee of 12 Colorado lawmakers will soon meet to examine the state’s response to September’s devastating Front Range floods.

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2:36pm

Mon October 21, 2013
Marijuana

Voters To Weigh In On Colorado Marijuana Taxes

Marijuana indvidually bagged and ready for use in this photo dated April 20, 2013.
charenton Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado is preparing for the state’s first recreational marijuana stores to open this January. In the meantime, voters still have the final say on how the new product will be taxed through Proposition AA.

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11:00am

Wed October 16, 2013
Education

Education Tax Overcomes Legal Challenge To Stay On The Ballot

The Denver City and County Building.
Jim Hill KUNC

A ballot question to raise Colorado income taxes to help improve public schools has survived a legal challenge. A Denver District Court Judge has ruled that the proposal can go before voters.

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