Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations, including KVNF, since 2006. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May, covering important bills, discussions, and the positions of our state legislators. Key stories for KVNF listeners she has covered this year include the state budget, proposed oil and gas legislation, and the passage of the Cottage Foods Act.
Busy schedules and long hours of training are partly to blame for the ever-shrinking volunteer pool.
Colorado is experiencing a shortage of volunteer firefighters that could have serious implications on how they are able to respond to emergency…