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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.