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Weslan Hansen
Position: Herald Staff Writer

Shopping local for the holidays: This year’s season breaks records

National holiday spending predicted to hit more than $950 billion between November and December; Durango BID’s Holiday Rewards Program records $172,000 in local sales

Tribal leaders and advocates call for more land protection

Speakers discussed the importance of preserving natural, cultural and spiritually significant land

Legislation would provide benefits for rural health care and education

Amendments and requests proposed by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert would provide increased funding for rural health and educational services.

Boebert touts legislative wins that Biden vows to veto

Bills, amendments and funding requests pass House

Sen. Michael Bennet, others introduce bipartisan legislation that would create a children’s immigration court

The proposed legislation would include specially trained judges and procedures to handle immigration cases of unaccompanied children

New bill would prevent rule from increasing the costs of oil and gas production

The Restoring American Energy Dominance Act would prevent increased bonds on federal lands

House passes legislation to improve water shortages in Colorado, Southwest region

WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives passed two amendments this past Thursday that would provide $5 million in funding to water projects in Colorado and the Southwest. The...

Colorado Senators push for permanent pay increase for federal firefighters

Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper joined 11 other senators in urging action on pay increases for wildland federal firefighters as temporary increases face a rapidly approaching expiration date

Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet, John Hickenlooper call for multilevel government and agency action on tribal access to clean water

Five U.S. Senators introduced a resolution Thursday that aims to settle water rights settlements and provide technical assistance alongside water infrastructure funding for tribal communities

Sen. Michael Bennet pushes for re-expansion of child tax credit as poverty rates rise

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) urged action on re-expanding the child tax credit during a press conference this past Wednesday after the annual U.S. Census Bureau report showed...

Colorado GOP representatives hold split opinions on the Biden impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that he will direct House Republicans to move forward with a formal inquiry into impeaching President Joe Biden. “Ho...