Fort Lewis College gets help from its friends for funding

The Durango Herald – March 26, 2014DENVER – Allies of Fort Lewis College have devised a plan to rescue funding to rebuild the college’s outdated science building.

Until last week, FLC leaders thought they were sitting pretty as the state’s second-highest priority college construction project, as designated by the Legislature’s Capital Development Committee. The college has been pushing for more than a decade to rebuild its old engineering and geophysics building.
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Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, announced a plan Wednesday to save FLC and other colleges. It hinges on the state having money left over after it balances its books for the 2013-14 budget year this summer.

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Levee board would expand to nine

The Pueblo Chieftain – Feb. 24, 2014

A simpler bill to expand membership on the Pueblo Conservancy District board passed the state House local government committee on a 13-0 vote this week.
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An earlier bill proposed seven elected members, but was revised by primary sponsor state Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, to eliminate the costs of elections. State Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City, is the Senate sponsor.
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Vigil shares session plans

The Alamosa Valley Courier – Jan. 28, 2014
ALAMOSA — State Representative Ed Vigil (D) has a full slate planned during this legislative session, with proposed bills ranging from water to youth conservation corps.

In addition, the San Luis Valley legislator is vice-chairman of two committees, the Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee and the Capital Development Committee, and serves on the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources, Local Government and Water Resources Review Committees.
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Lawmakers: Reconsider CSU-P cuts

The Pueblo Chieftain – Jan. 15, 2014
State Reps. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and Ed Vigil, D-Pueblo, are urging Colorado State University Chancellor Michael Martin to reconsider his decision to impose a $3.3 million budget cut on CSU-Pueblo.

“Now is not the time to be weakening CSU-Pueblo, but strengthening it,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter. “Now is not the time to be cutting jobs, but creating them.”

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Panel addresses health care questions

The Valley Courier – Oct. 23, 2013
ALAMOSA — “Healthcare is one of those things where people just make things up,” Senator Larry web Health Care and Morning 001Crowder (R) said during a public forum discussing the changes coming to Colorado as part of the Affordable Care Act.
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Senator Irene Aguilar (D)… who serves as the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee in the Colorado State Senate, was joined by Senator Larry Crowder, Representative Ed Vigil, and State Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, in a panel formed to have open discussions and address concerns and questions raised by the public.

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Ground broken for cemetery expansion

The Pueblo Chieftain – Oct. 4, 2013
HOMELAKE, Colo. – One of the hardest things for state Sen. Larry Crowder to do when he was veterans’ service officer stationed at the Colorado State Veterans Center at Homelake was to tell a veteran that when he died, he could not be buried at the cemetery here because the cemetery was full.

Since taking office earlier this year, Crowder, a Republican, and state Rep. Ed Vigil, a Democrat, mustered bipartisan support to expand the historic cemetery at the oldest veterans’ center in the state.

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Legislators address property valuations

CRESTONE-During a recent meeting held at the community center in Crestone, residents questioned Colorado Division of Taxation officials and state representatives about recent property valuation hikes and declines.

Representatives Larry Crowder (R) and Ed Vigil (D), also Division of Taxation officials JoAnn Groff and Cherisse Kjosness were on hand to answer questions and explain the tax revaluation process.

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Ag committee members bridge urban vs. rural divide

8/5/2013
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Agriculture is Colorado’s number two economic engine, with receipts of more $8 billion in farm and ranch products in 2012. The legislative committee that has the most impact on that industry, the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, saw some of its greatest turnover ever with the 2013 session, with eight new legislators from both sides of the aisle. None work in the agriculture or livestock industries. That led to concerns about a steep learning curve on agriculture issues for those first-year representatives. Those concerns also played a part in the so-called “urban versus rural” divide that some legislators claim took place at the state capitol.

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