Posted inBusiness, Coloradans, Crime and Courts, News

Colorado baker, central in U.S. Supreme Court case, back in court over 2nd LGBT bias allegation

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Attorneys for a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stand partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — argued in federal court Tuesday that the state is punishing him again over his refusal to bake a cake celebrating […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

Colorado, southwestern U.S. states now have a Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS —  The head of the federal agency controlling the Colorado River said Thursday the U.S. government will impose unprecedented restrictions on water supplies to the seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the river unless everyone agrees by Jan. 31 on a plan to deal with an expected […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Pledge to limit tenure as speaker wins over Nancy Pelosi critics, including Colorado’s Ed Perlmutter

By Alan Fram, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi all but ensured that she will become House speaker next month, quelling a revolt by disgruntled younger Democrats by agreeing to limit her tenure to no more than four additional years in the chamber’s top post. Within moments of announcing Wednesday she would restrict […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Politics and Government, Water

“We all know the clock is ticking”: Colorado, other western states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They’re not going to […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

El Paso County sheriff can’t hold people for immigration authorities, judge rules

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press A Colorado sheriff’s practice of continuing to jail people suspected of being in the country illegally on behalf of federal authorities is unconstitutional, a judge said as he barred the office from honoring the so-called “detainer” requests. District Court Judge Eric Bentley ruled late Thursday that El Paso County […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors

Trump administration takes steps to open public lands to drilling by easing sage grouse protections

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling, mining and other activities that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species across millions of acres in the American West. Land management documents released by the U.S. […]

Posted inBusiness, Energy, Environment, News, Politics and Government

Colorado regulators mull new rules increasing buffer zones for oil, gas drilling near schools

By Dan Elliot, The Associated Press Colorado oil and gas regulators are considering enlarging the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property. A proposal released by the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission late Wednesday afternoon would require new wells to be at least 1,000 feet (305 meters) from buildings as well as […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Hickenlooper hires pollster, fundraiser for possible 2020 presidential bid as he moves closer to decision time

By Nicholas Riccardi and James Anderson, The Associated Press Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person close to the Democrat. He’s already launched a political action committee that […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Denver officials want to clear some 10,000 low-level marijuana convictions, following in Boulder County’s footsteps

By Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press Denver officials are planning to clear thousands of marijuana convictions prosecuted before its use became legal in the state. Colorado was among the first states to broadly allow the use and sale of marijuana by adults, but cities elsewhere have led the way on automatic expungement of past misdemeanor […]