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An oil and gas company wants to plug four idle wells. The wells could end up owned by a troubled Colorado operator instead.

While Colorado’s oil and gas commission overhauls its rules on financial assurance and transfers, the COGCC director says, as a regulator, it’s “not involved in the business of the transfer.”

Environment
5:45 AM MST

Colorado fines Boulder County gold mine $17,000 for water quality violations

All but $5,000 suspended, as mine reclamation staff says owners of Cross and Caribou mines are making “good faith” efforts to get cleanup online.

Environment
4:08 AM MST

Coloradans struggle to navigate insurance after losing a home to wildfire. State lawmakers want to make it easier.

Two Colorado lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would shorten and simplify the insurance claims process after a declared fire disaster.

Wildfire
4:02 AM MST

The Colorado Capitol’s next big labor fight: whether to let local public workers unionize

A forthcoming bill would grant thousands more Colorado public employees a seat at the negotiating table

Politics and Government
3:53 AM MST

Zornio: Mine operators offer no proof in lawsuit threat against Nederland officials, but plenty of intimidation

Some residents are reluctant to speak out amid conflict with owners of the Cross and Caribou mines over heavy metal water pollution

Opinion
2:15 AM MST

Opinion: Loosen travel restrictions to Cuba to encourage reform from within

Even landlocked Coloradans have an interest in expanding contact with the island nation

Opinion Columns
1:30 AM MST

Declining birth rates, coupled with COVID disruptions, are driving down enrollment in Colorado public schools

The state counted about 1,200 fewer K-12 students this school year. Some analysts expect that, as birth rates continue to decrease, student enrollment in public schools won’t rebound.

Education

Colorado’s Democratic statewide officeholders began 2022 with a significant campaign cash advantage

Republicans, however, are raising big bucks in their bid to take back control of the Colorado Senate

Politics and Government

Investigators find small bone fragments in search for 91-year-old woman missing after the Marshall fire

The fragments were found at the Superior home of Edna Nadine Turnbull, who tried to rescue her dogs from the fire.

Marshall Fire

Colorado’s outdoor industry rallies to keep Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver

Sens. Hickenlooper, Bennet join Gov. Polis in urging the owner of Outdoor Retailer to renew the contract with Denver, while Utah fights to regain the show it lost.

Outdoors

Colorado oil and gas wells are constantly changing hands. Some risk becoming costly “orphans” along the way.

Since 2017, more than 42,000 oil and gas properties have been bought or sold in Colorado. If they fall into the wrong hands, they risk ending up abandoned, leaving the state on the hook for cleanup.

Environment

Owners of gold mine above Nederland warn town officials to stop defaming it for water quality violations

Colorado could set water violation fines and new regulations for a revived gold mine, but developers claim they are victims of $500 million in libel by town officials – “We will not go quietly.”

Environment

There was no red flag warning the day of the Marshall fire. Forecasters are now rethinking their standards.

Some experts say they’re concerned that muddled messaging, not originally intended to warn the public, fails to effectively warn people about threats in disaster-prone areas.

Marshall Fire

Littwin: My 6-year-old grandson has COVID. He seems to be doing all right. But I’m far from OK.

Everyone wants COVID to be over. But the truth is, as we continue to engage in the COVID wars, we don’t seem to want it enough.

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawyer Jenna Ellis, Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

Ellis reportedly prepared and circulated two memos that analyzed the constitutional authority for then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject or delay counting electoral votes

Politics and Government

Colorado ranch where wolves killed a cow last month reports a second attack on cattle

Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the attack on two cows, one of which had to be euthanized. The same pack, which wandered in from Wyoming, is to blame for killing a cowboy’s dog.

News

Judge issues temporary restraining order against union as King Soopers strike heads into second week

The restraining order limits the union to no more than 10 picketers per store and they must not block or threaten customers, other employees and vendors.

Business

“You’re under threat”: Voting rights resolutions at Colorado statehouse become election-year pitch from Democrats

Republicans called the measures a partisan distraction aimed at drawing voters’ attention away from rising inflation and crime on Democrats’ watch

Politics and Government

Colorado must decide “without delay” if it will renew long-delayed Suncor permits, judge rules

District Court judge in Adams County agrees with environmental groups that Colorado must speed up permit decisions for the controversial Commerce City oil refinery.

Environment

Colorado secretary of state files lawsuit to block Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from overseeing the 2022 election

A judge barred Peters from having an oversight role in the 2021 election after she was accused of facilitating a security breach of county election equipment

Politics and Government
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