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Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, aims to have zero carbon emissions by 2050 in industry-first plan

Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest utility, announced an ambitious plan Tuesday to slash carbon emissions from its electrical generation by 80 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, and emit zero carbon emissions across the eight states where it operates by 2050. The industry-first initiative comes in direct response to climate change, said Ben Fowke, CEO of […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Colorado state senator won’t seek re-election following sexual harassment allegation, cites personal financial obligations

State Sen. Jack Tate, a Centennial Republican who was accused of sexual harassment, says he will not seek re-election to the Colorado legislature in 2020. In a Facebook post Friday, Tate said he began considering when to leave his job at the Capitol months before he was accused of harassment in November 2017. “We have […]

Posted inNewsletters, The Sunriser

The inspiring story behind Guild Education, Hickenlooper’s hopes for Polis, the snow-drought reality and much more

Compiled by Jesse Paul, jesse@coloradosun.comPolitics reporter, @jesseapaul *Tap, tap.* Is this thing on? Howdy, Sunrisers! Eric Lubbers is taking a vacation next week (I tried stealing his passport, but he’s really fast on his electric scooter) so a few new voices are going to take over this newsletter before and while he’s gone. Starting with […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

All of this snow is great, but it will likely be months before we know the impact on Colorado’s drought

You’re seeing the pictures of deep snow being surfed by skiers and snowboarders across the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation is working double time to keep high country stretches of highways passable. But if you were expecting an overnight solution to Colorado’s drought, which has been particularly acute in the southwest part of the […]

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United Airlines adding Denver-to-Frankfurt route in May amid unprecedented international growth at DIA

United Airlines is building out its international offerings from Denver, adding a year-round, daily flight to Germany beginning in May.  The afternoon flight to Frankfurt will be operated on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and begins May 2, pending government approval. The route will be the third to Germany from Denver International Airport. Lufthansa already flies […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

A “red flag” bill will return in the Democrat-controlled Colorado legislature. But what about other gun-control laws?

Democrats will enter the 2019 legislative session in complete control at the state Capitol. But despite the issue of tightening gun controls taking top billing in the midterm campaign, party leaders are so far signaling that their agenda will focus on just one measure: the so-called red flag bill. That measure, which would allow Colorado […]

Posted inBusiness, Crime and Courts, News, Politics and Government, Transportation

Two Iranians indicted in hacking scheme that held CDOT computers hostage and cost Colorado up to $2 million

A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranian men accused of holding the Colorado Department of Transportation’s computer system hostage earlier this year as part of a wide-reaching international computer hacking and extortion scheme. The malware infected critical systems nationwide, including hospitals, and extorted more than 200 victims who paid the attackers $6 million, according […]

Posted inColoradans, Culture, News

“This just does not happen”: A Garden of the Gods garbage heap is revealing big clues about the founder of Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — Trash in this city’s iconic Garden of the Gods Park is usually nothing to get excited about. It’s a regular blemish on a revered place. But along the park’s northern edge, a heap of buried refuse — discovered during work to build a retention pond to control runoff after a wildfire swept […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

“It revealed to me this is what I can do”: Tom Sullivan’s son was killed in the Aurora theater shooting — and now he’ll be a state representative

After Tom Sullivan’s son, Alex, was murdered in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, he left his job with the U.S. Postal Service and threw himself into fighting for tighter gun regulations, a journey that frequently took him to the Colorado Capitol. “I’ve got a stack at home of all my testimonies I’ve ever given on […]

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Cellphones made it harder for Denver’s 911 call takers to track people down. Finally, that’s starting to change.

Before cellphones became ubiquitous, tracking down people who dialed 911 was one of the easier parts of an emergency-call taker’s hectic job. Infrastructure built into landlines allowed first responders to know exactly where someone in distress was ringing from, down to the unit in an apartment building. A police officer, fire crew or EMT was […]