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Federal government, Colorado and mining company reach $90 million settlement in Gold King mine spill

The proposed settlement announced Friday would direct $90 million to cleanup at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwest Colorado

Environment
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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

Environmental groups launch six-figure ad campaign pressuring Colorado’s governor to act on abandoned oil and gas wells

The groups behind the campaign, which comes as Gov. Jared Polis is gearing up for a reelection push, are the Sierra Club, ProgressNow Colorado, LOGIC Colorado and Colorado Rising

Politics and Government

Ed Perlmutter says he won’t seek reelection, upending Colorado’s 2022 political landscape

The news will reshuffle Colorado's political landscape heading into the 2022 election

Politics and Government

Marshall fire destroyed 1,084 homes collectively worth more than $513 million, authorities now say

Of the homes destroyed, 550 were in Louisville, 378 were in Superior and 156 were in unincorporated Boulder County.

Marshall Fire

Colorado schools brace for staffing shortages as they return from holiday break amid record COVID surge

On Monday, at least three Denver schools — Northfield High School, Lake Middle School and Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School — had announced temporary shifts to remote learning this week as staff members called in sick

Coronavirus

FDA expands Pfizer boosters for more teens as omicron surges

Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they’re also warranted for 12- to 15-year-olds once enough time has passed since their last dose

Coronavirus

These cells could be the key to efficient, cheap solar energy. But they have to make it in the “torture chamber” first.

Researchers at the federal lab in Golden are chasing the grail of easy-to-manufacture cells that are better at converting solar energy to electricity

Energy

Mountain counties, San Luis Valley will experience power, natural gas outages because of Boulder County wildfire

Xcel said the outages in Summit, Grand, Lake, Eagle, Saguache, Rio Grande and Alamosa counties "will generally last about 60 minutes."

Marshall Fire

Summit County reinstates mask mandate as Colorado’s high country becomes one of the nation’s COVID hotspots

Summit County had the highest per capita incidence rate in the country on Wednesday, about 400 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people

Coronavirus

A tutoring program cultivates community bonds to help Latinx students in Boulder County

The program started in 2019, but expanded at the start of the pandemic, when parents worried their children were falling behind. Today, 70 students are enrolled and 50 more are waiting.

Education

Some failed Colorado congressional candidates still have lots of money in their campaign accounts. Here’s why.

Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Mike Johnston have more than $1 million left over. They could potentially use it for future campaigns.

Politics and Government

Jefferson County judge sets hearing to reconsider trucker’s 110-year sentence

Judge Bruce Jones scheduled a hearing for Jan. 13 to reconsider Rogel Aguilera-Mederos' sentence

Crime and Courts

Backcountry skier killed in Colorado’s first fatal avalanche this snow season

The deadly avalanche comes as avalanche danger is high across Colorado as a winter storm blankets the high country

Outdoors

Jefferson County prosecutors will ask judge to resentence Rogel Aguilera-Mederos to 20-30 years in prison

Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King said she would ask the judge during a hearing Monday to resentence Rogel Aguilera-Mederos

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s Jason Crow is among three high-profile congressional Democrats to catch COVID-19

Crow said he has only mild symptoms and that he tested positive after returning from a congressional trip to Ukraine

Politics and Government

“I can’t vote for it”: Joe Manchin says he cannot back Democrats’ Build Back Better bill

The news is a blow to the Democratic members of Colorado's congressional delegation, who have been pushing hard for the legislation's passage

Politics and Government

Colorado’s fiscal outlook keeps getting better, with even larger TABOR refunds on the horizon

The improved outlook ultimately means little for how much state lawmakers will have to spend in next year’s budget.

Politics and Government

State Rep. Dave Williams launches primary challenge to Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn

Lamborn has represented the Colorado Springs-based 5th Congressional District since 2007 and has fended off a number of primary challengers in recent years.

Politics and Government

Mining company agrees to pay Colorado $1.6 million in Gold King Mine spill settlement

When bulkheads were installed in the American Tunnel, the amount of heavy metal laden water from the higher up Gold King Mine began to increase, according to a federal investigation.

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