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The top federal prosecutor in Colorado says the state’s marijuana laws are too loose

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press Colorado’s system for regulating marijuana has too many loopholes that disguise illegal activity and jeopardize public safety, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday, detailing his motivation for boosting scrutiny in the first state to broadly allow cannabis sales. U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said he is particularly concerned with how companies that […]

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Congress works on fix after the Land Water Conservation Fund lapses

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be […]

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Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal on water-use cutbacks

PHOENIX — Progress is being made in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in Colorado River water cutbacks, according to Arizona water officials. The Arizona Republic reports that the state water officials also want to join in a larger proposed deal to prevent Lake Mead from dropping even further. Arizona water […]

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Federal judge upholds endangered species list protections for Gunnison sage grouse

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press A rare bird found only in Colorado and Utah will stay on the endangered species list, at least for now, a U.S. district judge said Friday. The judge upheld a 2014 decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species […]

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Mike Coffman — already down in spending from outside groups — loses major GOP campaign group support

By Nicholas Riccardi and Steve Peoples, Associated Press In an ominous sign for the GOP’s bid to hold onto the U.S. House, the political group affiliated with Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday dropped its support of two incumbent congressmen — including Aurora Republican Mike Coffman — signaling how difficult November could be for the Republican […]

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Colorado drought gets worse, especially in state’s southwest corner

Colorado’s drought is getting worse, with unusually dry conditions across more than 85 percent of the state. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report released Thursday shows conditions are worst in the southwest corner of the state, where all or parts of about 20 counties are listed in an exceptional drought, the worst of four categories. The Drought […]

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Chuck Plunkett, a Colorado Sun contributor and former Denver Post editor, to be honored by Maine college for courageous journalism

WATERVILLE, Maine — Maine’s Colby College will honor the former editorial page editor for the Denver Post, and a current Colorado Sun contributor, who published an editorial criticizing the owners of The Post with the 2018 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism. Chuck Plunkett resigned from the Denver Post earlier this year and continues to work as […]

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Colorado woman’s sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh made its way through Sen. Michael Bennet’s office before becoming public

With Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press A Colorado woman’s bombshell allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s pick for a vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat, made its way through U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet’s office before becoming public Sunday evening. Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, helped get the accuser — Deborah […]

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Interior Department says Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge public opening will be delayed, then quickly says it won’t

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press DENVER — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday it will go ahead with plans to open a wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, after briefly putting the opening on hold amid concerns about public safety. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, on the perimeter […]