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What’s Working: A third-quarter check on Colorado’s economy and more on worker deaths and COVID

Inflation is on the rise, but not new business startups. Also: $600 million to pare down state’s $1 billion unemployment loan, Denver tops for wage growth and more!

Economy

Colorado drilling company behind leaks, spills will pay a fraction of the massive fine it initially faced

KP Kauffman has also agreed to a comprehensive clean-up of spills and releases from wells, tanks, and flowlines at 74 sites under a “global” remediation plan

Business

Colorado mountain communities vote “yes” on new short-term rental fees but reject heavier regulation

Voters in end-of-the-road Crested Butte and Telluride stopped short of restrictions intended to slow and limit short-term rentals in the tourist-dependent communities.

Business

Coloradans starting to see double-digit hikes in their gas utility bills

Xcel, Black Hills and others say they are just passing on commodity inflation, but the PUC and consumer advocates worry a blizzard of add-on charges is burying customers.

Business

Oil and gas regulators dial back rules that keep industry from sticking Colorado with bill for orphan wells

COGCC waters down financial assurance plans with small operators in mind. Environmental groups are outraged.

Business

Colorado launches program to help homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments

Money is available to cover 3 months of past-due mortgage payments, but it may be too late for some homeowners in the foreclosure process.

Housing

Biden administration says oil, gas sales damage climate — but won’t stop them on public lands in the West

The Interior Department says selling oil and gas leases on public land in the West could cost society billions in climate change impacts. But BLM says it is powerless to slow the damage.

Environment

Biden’s climate plan aims to reduce methane emissions

Colorado groups say EPA rules are modeled after earlier state laws and local oil and gas interests already on board with similar changes.

Climate

Proposition 119, which would have raised Colorado marijuana taxes to pay for out-of-school learning, fails

Backers of the ballot measure, which split high-profile Democrats, admitted defeat Tuesday night

Politics and Government

We may never know how many of Colorado’s missing workers died of COVID-19

Plus: New data shows what made Coloradans leave their jobs in recent months, a pandemic unemployment lawsuit has funds for 69,503 Coloradans and more!

Economy

Biden administration to gauge climate damage from federal oil and gas sales

The announcement comes as officials are set to hold lease sales in numerous Western states -- including Colorado -- next year amid a fierce debate over federal fossil fuel reserves

Energy

As record-setting real estate sales continue in Colorado resort towns, buyers are now looking way down valley

As Colorado resort home sales and prices continue to set records, hamlets that once were out-of-the-way afterthoughts have taken on the attributes of bustling communities.

Housing

At least 59,000 U.S. meat workers caught COVID. Nearly 300 of them — including several in Colorado — died.

At the height of the outbreaks, meatpacking production fell to about 60% of normal as several major plants closed for deep cleaning and safety upgrades

Coronavirus

Colorado lawmakers shelve proposal to more than triple property taxes for short-term rentals

The Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy Policy rejected the effort, but it could still be introduced during next year's legislative session

Politics and Government

Colorado tightens air pollution rules after staff shake-up, whistleblower complaint 

Policies that weakened oversight of small polluters have been tightened. But they still may have "backdoor exits" one environmental group says.

Health

Colorado’s COVID rent-assistance program may have paid up to $4.4 million in error, audit finds

The popular state renter relief program paid landlords rent for tenants. But state auditors found that errors led to overpayments and less oversight as tenants weren’t notified that their rent had been paid.

Housing

Aurora bio-med company shares in NFL grant to build a better football helmet

Impressio operates from the biotech innovation center on the Anschutz campus in Aurora, where it will explore 3D printing helmet liners that dissipate energy to reduce concussion.

Health

10-digit dialing becomes mandatory across Colorado to make way for national suicide hotline

Long the habit of Denver-area callers, change took effect Sunday for folks in 719 and 970 area codes

Health

Smells like a fossil fuel. Works like a fossil fuel. But these Colorado stations pump a gas with emissions less than zero.

Fleets that use renewable natural gas created by landfill methane, manure and sewage treatment qualify for clean fuel subsidies and capture damaging greenhouse gases.

Climate

What’s Working: Colorado is in economically better shape than most states, but still down 77,900 jobs from before COVID

Plus: State’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6%, Colorado quits more than the rest of the U.S. and where the missing workers went.

Economy
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