Death penalty in Colorado

  • National Guard tests for coronavirus in Montrose, 2nd case confirmed
  • Unemployment office overwhelmed by applications, system crashes
  • Attorney General says some trials should be postponed
  • Governor Jared Polis signs repeal of state death penalty, commutes 3 sentences
  • Signs of coronavirus ripple effect on Western Slope economy

  • Death penalty repeal passes in House, Governor's signature expected
  • Montrose County issues press release about coronavirus
  • Immigrant groups working hard to get accurate count in Census
  • Narrow gauge railroad switches to oil burning locomotive

  • State House one vote away from repealing Colorado death penalty
  • 17-year olds get to vote in Primaries for first time
  • Parks and Wildlife issues report on frequency, causes of bear interactions

  • Six Republican sponsored bills killed after discrimination concerns against LGBTQ
  • State of groundwater in West continues to suffer
  • Lawmakers will take up death penalty repeal again this week
  • KVNF will begin airing KUNC's Colorado Edition
  • Mesa, Garfield Counties have  low year in number of wells drilled

  • Denver District Attorney will not prosecute oil and gas protestors
  • Lawmakers will take up repealing the death penalty again this session
  • Travelling memorial about women's suffrage will be at Montrose Ute Museum
  • Agritourism booming throughout the state
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a fishing tournament at Blue Mesa Resevoir

  • Lawmakers believe effort to repeal death penalty will be successful this year
  • Montrose area will lose 400 jobs after Russell Stover Chocolates announces closure
  • Trapper Mine in NW Colorado announces it will close sometime this decade
  • Tri State's decision to shutter plants costs NW Colorado approximately 700 jobs

  • Democrats fail in their effort to repeal state death penalty
  • Western lawmakers pitch Drought Contigency Plan to Federal government
  • Pilot program in West End helps unemployed miners get back to work

  • New oil and gas regulations causing strong debate on both sides
  • Feature story on Arizona and California failure to meet drought deadline
  • Controversial bill that would end death penalty in state taken up again
  • EPA officials working to clean up drinking water in El Paso County

  • Delta County Democrats elect new officers
  • Repeal of death penalty in state house fails for fourth time
  • DCMH District to open walk-in clinic in Paonia
  • Implementation of aid in dying bill slow around state
  • Area wrestlers compete for state titles in Denver

  • Death penalty repeal in committee for third year in a row
  • 273 drunken driving arrests made over Super Bowl weekend
  • Lawmakers consider eliminating state's electoral college
  • State house considers funding rail line from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins
  • Forest Service issues annual report on tree health in Colorado
  • First avalanche fatality of the winter season

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Feb 15, 2016

  • USA Pro Challenge bike race canceled
  • Death penalty bill fails in Senate Committee
  • Armed standoff in Montrose ends without violence
  • Study finds counties with public lands have economic advantage

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Aug 10, 2015

  • Region 10 Receives $5.2M Grant To Develop Broadband Access In West Slope Communities
  • Delta Once Again Restarts City Manager Search
  • State Lawmakers Have Taken a Tough Look at Death Penalty Over the Years

Jurors in the trial of Aurora Theater shooter James Holmes did not come to a unanimous final sentencing decision. As a result, the court will impose the sentence of life in prison for Holmes' killing of 12 and injuring of 70 others in 2012. Even though he was spared the death penalty, the trial is likely to once again spark debate over whether Colorado should even have the penalty on the books.

The last attempt to repeal the state's death penalty was in 2013. It was backed by former Representative Claire Levy (D-Boulder).

"I think it's immoral, it's ineffective. I think it doesn't belong in a modern system of justice. I don't think we impose it in a fair impartial way," said Levy. "People don't get executed. They sit waiting the outcome for decades."

Headlines:

  • Man killed in Crawford shooting identified
  • Craig Childs discusses Western wild open spaces
  • Audit of medical marijuana industry finds vast shortcomings
  • Bill to repeal Colorado death penalty dies in committee
  • Crane count from Fruitgrowers Reservoir

Death Penalty Repeal Fails

Mar 27, 2013

A bill to repeal Colorado’s death penalty died in a committee hearing over concerns that Governor John Hickenlooper would veto the bill. Last week the Governor told Democratic lawmakers he had serious reservations about the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, March 22, 2013

Mar 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov Threatens Veto of Death Penalty Repeal
  • Joint Committee Struggles With Marijuana Regs
  • Thompson Divide Drilling Could Mean Big Economic Loss
  • Energy Companies Cited As Mystery Leak Subsides
  • Gov Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law

Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Set to Drop Friday

Mar 15, 2013

A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado is expected to be introduced Friday. It's one of a host of issues likely to dominate the second part of the legislative session. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.