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Maybe It’s Time to Prep for the Rest of 2024

| Administrator | Opinion
I woke up on Thursday morning to a notice a co-worker had sent me saying the Kiowa County Emergency Management office was informing citizens about cell phone services including Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T being disrupted because of a “Nationwide service outage affecting the making or receiving of phone calls and text messages.” That notice went on to say that there was no estimated time of restoration at this point and that the 911 service was intermittently functioning. They suggested trying to call from another phone line if there was an emergency.

Ensuring Colorado State Government Includes All of Colorado

| Representative Ty Winter | Opinion
I am humbled and proud to share the news of my recent appointment as the Assistant Minority Leader by my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus. As the Representative for House District 47, my connection to the rich tapestry of ranching and farming communities runs deep, encapsulating the very essence of rural Colorado.

Beginning of Session Newsletter: January 2024

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
On Wednesday, January 10, the 2024 Colorado Legislative Session began. I am privileged and proud to be serving another year as your State Senator.

Why I’m Supporting the Towner Energy Project’s Stabilizing, Local Impact

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
As a third-generation farmer and rancher on the Eastern Plains, I know first-hand just how challenging – and rewarding – our western way of life can be. I also know agriculture is a volatile business, impacted by uncertain economic conditions and commodity prices.

Whatever AI Holds to Be the Truth is Now the Truth

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
The other day I came across an article about Arlington, Colorado on my newsfeed from a magazine called StreetRoad. Newsbreak published it on their site and sent it out as a notification.

Colorado Is Ground Zero in Ploy to “get Trump” off the Ballot: Millions of Voters Could be Disenfranchised

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Former President Donald Trump is the leading candidate in the nation currently to win the 2024 Presidential election. He leads the field of other Republicans in the race by nearly 40 points and he even leads current President, Joe Biden, by 4 to 8 points depending on what poll is being considered.

Politics... As Usual: Coloradans Left in the Dark

| Representative Ty Winter, Trinidad | Opinion
According to the Colorado State Statute, bills are required to be introduced within the first few weeks of the legislative session unless they have been approved by House and Senate leadership to have a late or delayed introduction. The introduction deadlines ensure transparency, allowing stakeholders to provide indispensable feedback.

Proposition HH: Not the Solution to Coloradans Property Tax Issue

| Representative Ty Winter, Trinidad | Opinion
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) protects Coloradans from the unnecessary expansion of state government by requiring a ballot initiative to raise taxes or expand the state general fund. TABOR requires excess tax revenue be returned to taxpayers unless a vote allows the state to retain the funds.

Revival of the Rural: Childcare Being Regulated into Obscurity Hits Rural Communities the Hardest

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Over this past summer I have come to understand, even more than I did as a young working mother, how important—not just important but more of a priority—it is that communities find a way to provide quality childcare. Way back in the 1980s and 1990s when I worked full time, and on any given day needed daycare for at least three children, if not four, it was a constant battle of finding care providers, but even more so, finding QUALITY care providers.

2023 Special Interim Newsletter

| Senator Rod Pelton | Opinion
The Joint Chamber Eastern Plains Tour, which I helped plan with my fellow Eastern Plains colleagues, was a success. We had a total of 15 State Senators and Representatives (11 of whom represent urban/metropolitan districts) participate in either one or both days of this event and we traveled almost 750 miles from start to finish.

The Eastern Plains Are Vital to Colorado

| Senator Rod Pelton | Opinion
Earlier this month, I was able to join Trent Loos on Rural Route Radio, where we discussed how “Colorado is the tip of the spear for the challenge in using the great resources the state has.”

The Truth Shall Make You Free

| Betsy Barnett | Opinion
Love him or hate him, former President Donald Trump got this one right a long time ago. Trump first used the term, “Fake News,” on December 10, 2016, and he continued to use it throughout his presidency and, still to this day, in his third bid for the White House in 2024.

2023 Session Newsletter

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
I hope that everyone had a blessed resurrection weekend and Easter Sunday.

2023 Session Newsletter

| Rod Pelton | Opinion
On Wednesday, April 12th, there will be a Rally for Parents Rights on the West Steps of the Colorado State Capitol. We must protect a parent’s right to direct the upbringing and education of their child.

ChatGPT: What It is and Why You Should Care

| Mary Vasquez | Opinion
If I told you there was a free, new chat-based technology online that’s called ChatGPT and that the “GPT” stands for “Generative Pre-trained Transformer,” would you have any idea what I was talking about? Yeah, me either! You might even question why you should care, but believe me, we should all care about this new online tech.

A Tale of Some Voters, Two States

| Mike O'Donnell | Opinion
The same people who would prefer us not to own anything in the near future also don’t embrace the concept of one person, one vote. They prefer that in the next world, an “educated” minority will always be able to “outvote” an indifferent majority.