Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Disagreement over tax incentives for Gaylord project in Aurora continues

    Updated: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    DENVER - A financing document released more than a year ago showed that the developer taking over the Gaylord Rockies project in Aurora could build the hotel and conference center for less while promising a handsome 19 percent return on investment thanks, in part, to millions in state...

  • Durham appointed to 5th CD vacancy on Colorado education board

    Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    DENVER - A vacancy committee has selected former state Sen. Steve Durham as the newest member of the state Board of Education, replacing Paul Lundeen, who resigned after he won a seat in the state House of Representatives. Durham received 33 of the 53 votes cast at the El Paso County...

  • El Paso County GOP to vote on replacement for Lundeen's education board seat

    Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    A vacancy committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday night at El Paso County GOP headquarters to select a replacement for State Education Board member Paul Lundeen, who is resigning after winning a seat in the state House of Representatives. Four candidates are expected to be nominated...

  • Colorado Senate committees are set

    Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Committees are set in the Senate for the 2015 legislative session, and Colorado Springs lawmakers hold some key posts in the General Assembly. Republicans took the majority in the Senate during November's election, a coup that empowers them to set the size of each committee and...

  • Some surprises among Colorado's highest-paid public employees

    Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Colorado's highest-paid state employees - 1,711 people who make more than $100,000 a year - are about who you'd expect: heads of state agencies, physicians, judges and lawyers. A Gazette analysis of state employees who crossed the six-figure threshold in fiscal year 2013-14 shows the...

  • State Patrol employees haul in plenty of overtime pay

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    Forty employees with the Colorado State Patrol made more than $100,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year, largely because of significant overtime payments - including one person who made almost $50,000 in extra pay. Of those, 35 employees earned more than $10,000 in overtime during the...

  • Suspected drunken driver crashes into Colorado Springs police car

    Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    A suspected drunken driver blew his cover Saturday morning when he ran into the back of a parked Colorado Springs police patrol car that had pulled another car over on Union Boulevard. The crash severely damaged the officer's car, but the officer and the driver of the 2002 Ford van...

  • Cold weather no obstacle for Girls on the Run in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    They were two girls on the run, wearing fun animal stocking caps and sneaking under the starting line tape to join participants just as the Girls on the Run 5K got underway Saturday morning at America the Beautiful Park. Dakota Turner, 10, said she and her friend Maddy Bishop, 10,...

  • Williams ready for the leap to state office

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    The man known in El Paso County for pulling off on-time election results in 2012 as the Clerk and Recorder's Office was evacuated during the Waldo Canyon fire is headed to Denver in January to run the state's elections. Wayne Williams, a 51-year-old Republican who has been the El Paso...

  • Colorado Springs' Cadman elected as state Senate President

    Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Colorado Springs Sen. Bill Cadman was named Senate president Tuesday by an 18-member GOP caucus celebrating its takeover of the chamber for the first time in nearly a decade. It puts the longtime El Paso County lawmaker in one of the state's most powerful seats. Cadman's nomination...