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.

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1:07pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Colorado Legislature

Colorado Telecom Overhaul Moves Forward

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:20 pm

Jim Hill KUNC

Even in 2014 many parts of Colorado are still not connected to the Internet and if they are it’s not at high speeds. A package of bills to reform and update Colorado’s telecommunications industry has cleared its first committee at the state capitol.

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9:17am

Thu March 20, 2014
Colorado Legislature

Cigarette Restriction Bill Goes Up In Smoke

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 8:44 am

Smokers in Old Town Fort Collins, in this file photo from May 2007.
Paul L. Dineen Flickr - Creative Commons

A bill to increase the smoking age in Colorado to 21 failed in the house finance committee Wednesday. One Democrat joined with Republicans to defeat the measure.

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5:13pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Colorado Legislature

Positive Forecast Gives Colorado Budget Some Wiggle Room

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:10 pm

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado lawmakers learned Tuesday that the state’s economy is stronger than expected. That means they’ll have more money to spend in the 2015 budget.

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6:46am

Mon March 10, 2014
Colorado Legislature

Taking A Tally At The Colorado Legislative Midpoint

A view of the newly regilded dome atop the capitol from the 16th Street Mall.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado’s 2014 legislative session is already halfway over. So far lawmakers have tackled a whole host of issues – everything from gun law repeals to wildfire and flood related measures.

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11:01am

Tue February 4, 2014
Gun Laws

Colorado Democrats Strike Down Background Check Repeal

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 10:56 am

Jim Hill KUNC

The gun debate that riveted the state capitol in 2013, once again took center stage Monday. Fewer people came to the capitol to testify on a key gun bill than the last round, but emotions were still strong.

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