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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
1:18 PM MST

King Soopers strike ends after union reaches tentative deal with grocer

Union workers at 77 Denver-area grocery stores will vote Monday to approve the contract, after nine days of picketing.

Business
6:27 AM MST

When Colorado oil and gas wells are sold to small companies, can the new owners afford the cleanup costs?

The shuffling of wells from big operators to much smaller ones increases the risk that they will be orphaned and left for the state to clean up, regulators and environmental groups fear.

Environment
6:11 AM MST

Marshall fire survivors who lost their vehicles face mobility challenges

Those replacing cars face high prices and low inventory. Disaster response agencies are lining up other rides.

Marshall Fire
4:30 AM MST

Ranchers in some states can shoot wolves that attack their livestock. But not in Colorado.

Attacks on cattle and dogs by wolves that migrated into northwest Colorado from Wyoming have stoked a rancher-wolf controversy sooner than expected.

Outdoors
4:15 AM MST

An attempt to ban mountain lion hunting in Colorado thrills animal activists, troubles hunters

As hunters flood lawmakers with emails protesting the proposed ban on mountain lion hunting, Sen. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, pulled her name from the measure, Senate Bill 31

Outdoors
4:10 AM MST

Colorado’s omicron-driven COVID wave appears to have crested — but not everywhere in the state

While mountain communities and the Denver metro area are seeing cases fall, parts of southern and western Colorado continue to see increasing infection rates.

Coronavirus

Snowboarder dies after crashing into tree at Aspen Highlands

Pitkin County sheriff's officials say the man, Trevor Crandall, was with a friend when he crashed in the Highland Bowl

Outdoors

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

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

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

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

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

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
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