What’s Working: Need a job? Tech companies are hiring in Colorado as a pre-pandemic labor crunch continues
When labor’s tight, wages go up and that’s happening in tech. Also: Denver Startup Week begins Monday and there’s a job fair; plus: unemployment updates, personal labor-shortage stories and more.
Drilling leases on 58,000 acres of public land in Colorado were awarded without proper environmental review
A federal judge was asked to void the leases awarded in 2018, but she instead ordered “remedial action” based on current air quality and wilderness studies in northwest Colorado
JBS Foods cited after death in chemical vat in Colorado
JBS and its Swift Beef Co. operations were cited for eight safety violations related to the accident and is facing $59,000 in fines
Colorado’s free rent program has paid out 15.2% of its available federal funds
Six months into the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, payments are speeding up, but only a sliver of the $690 million available has been tapped and people still are waiting for help.
Glenwood Springs is still dealing with the effects of a long I-70 closure this summer. Federal aid is a lifeline.
After a summer of record profits was interrupted by the disastrous shutdown of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, locals are looking to build community resilience.
What’s Working: The Colorado disconnect continues between employers and the unemployed
Plus: Amazon’s Thornton warehouse is building its own job-training career program, unemployment appeals and small business updates.
Whistleblowers raised valid concerns about Colorado air pollution monitoring, probe finds, but problems were unintentional
An independent investigation commissioned by the Attorney General also says boss of Air Pollution Control Division should have disclosed his prior work for Newmont Corp. when a pollution permit for a Teller County mine came before him.
Fine against KP Kauffman for leaks and spills upped to second largest ever by Colorado oil and gas regulators
Denver-based operator is facing $2 million fine for 22 violations at 7 sites. Founder says low oil prices, regulators, other oil companies and landowners hampered efforts.
Colorado’s economic recovery remains strong, but delta variant and supply chain issues are holding it back
Consumer spending is propping up the state’s economic growth as Colorado restaurant and hotel revenues exceed pre-pandemic levels
An end of unfettered growth for short-term rentals in Colorado’s resort communities
Breckenridge and other mountain towns are trying to slow the growth of vacation rentals in an effort to ease housing and labor issues
Xcel Energy’s new electric vehicle incentives include used-car rebates, wiring homes for chargers
Colorado’s dominant utility wins praise for expanding access to electrification at home. They have new and used EV rebates based on income, and will help in buying a faster charger and getting it wired safely
A long-languishing Pueblo subdivision could become one of Colorado’s largest zero-energy communities
The environmentally friendly homes would make up just a tiny portion of the North Vista Highlands neighborhood. Developers think they will lure buyers looking for solar-ready homes built from nontoxic materials.
Alterra Mountain Co. sues insurance company over $200 million in denied coronavirus losses claims
Ski resort operator says Lexington Insurance paid virus claims in 2015 and 2018 but denied $200 million in 2020 COVID damage "simply because the claim is large."
Colorado regulators move forward with controversial new rule to slash greenhouse gas emissions
“We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over” to cut oil and gas emissions, strategist says as first-in-the-nation “intensity target” regulation moves on to full hearing in December.
The only hospital in the country’s highest altitude city is thriving after near-closure 7 years ago
Leadville officials hope the hospital can be an economic engine for the once-booming mining town that clawed its way back from a bust in the 1980s thanks to a growth in tourism
What’s Working: 24,000 unemployed Coloradans must pay back pandemic jobless benefits
Plus: More people are returning to work as the state’s unemployment rate drops to 5.9%. But what happened to all the workers?
Weed helped turn him into an ultrarunner — and he’s far from the only one
Denver author Josiah Hesse explores the open secret of stoned athletes in his new book “Runner’s High”
SCL Health to merge with Intermountain Health, creating not-for-profit hospital giant in West
Owner of Colorado’s St. Joseph, Good Samaritan and Lutheran is the smaller partner in the mix, which creates a network of 33 hospitals and hundreds of clinics across six states
A new rule to slash oil and gas emissions appeals to the industry, but Colorado activists worry it won’t work
The proposed "intensity target" rule aims to slash carbon emissions from the oil and gas industry by 60%. But the targets are based on data that doesn’t exist.
Farmers hit with most disruptive price hikes, supply shortages in decades as pandemic slowdowns catch up to Colorado
Colorado farmers and agricultural businesses have been hit with cost increases for pesticides, fertilizer and other supplies as global supply chains sputter in the wake of the pandemic.