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Judge blocks Biden’s pause of new oil, gas leases on public land in Colorado and other states

Louisiana and 12 other states sued after President Biden signed an executive order canceling oil and gas lease sales through June.

Energy

Opinion: Climate change is making Rocky Mountain forests more flammable now than at any time in the past 2,000 years

The records of past fires preserved in the sediment of 20 lakes in the central Rocky Mountains showed that areas that used to burn once every 230 years now can be expected to burn every 117 years.

Climate

Colorado ranchers are selling off cattle to survive another year of dried-up grass and parched soil

The land is so thirsty, water is soaked up before it can reach reservoirs, crops

Climate

Discovery of gray wolf pups won’t change Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s reintroduction work

Wildlife officials say the confirmation of the first wolf family in Colorado since the 1940s will help biologists establish more gray wolves in the state.

Outdoors

Colorado allows an Eastern Plains power plant to emit toxic sulfur dioxide emissions far above safe levels, groups claim

A broad coalition of activists says it has done its own pollution modelling and analyzed EPA data, finding the Brush coal-fired station violated standards for hundreds of hours in the past two years.

Environment

Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

About 45% of Colorado, all west of the Continental Divide, now in some state of drought

Environment

Two popular Colorado waterways are shut down amid raging currents, large number of rescues

Officials across Colorado are restricting access to rivers along the Front Range as high flows, low temperatures and debris make it unsafe for rafters, tubers and kayakers — especially those unaware of the rivers’ strength.

Outdoors

It’s official: Colorado has its first gray wolf pups in 80 years

Two wildlife officials each spotted a litter of at least three wolf pups hanging out with their parents over the weekend

Environment

Colorado neighborhoods will get tougher toxic air monitoring of heavy polluters

House Bill 1189 passed this week with a push from community advocates and conservation groups seeking more real-time, publicly disclosed tracking of dangerous pollutants like benzene.

Environment

Get ready for plastic and paper bag fees in Colorado — and say goodbye to styrofoam

Plastic bags would only be available in limited situations under House Bill 1162, a measure from Colorado Democrats aiming to drive down waste

Environment

Colorado Democrats renege on deal, kill reparations bill for people mired in conservation tax credit problems

Parallel bill to expand easement program that removes development potential from farm and ranch land moves to governor’s desk. Sen. Sonnenberg says he was double-crossed.

Politics and Government

Colorado governor, Democrats reach deal to move forward with most of greenhouse gas emissions proposal

House Bill 1266 was amended to include much of what was in Senate Bill 200, which will be killed. Environmental groups cheered the changes, while business, electric-utility and oil and gas groups cried foul.

Environment

Some of the worst ozone pollution in the U.S. settles along the Front Range. New rules to fix it are ahead.

Colorado has made some progress toward reducing the chemical dangerous to human health. But it will take leaning on automobiles and oil and gas producers to really move the needle.

Climate

Pueblo’s Arkansas River levee is a Colorado gem. It’s also a reminder of the state’s deadliest disaster.

A 24-foot wall of water fed by torrential rain along the Front Range slammed through the narrow Arkansas River channel in downtown Pueblo on June 3, 1921.

Climate

Thornton sues Weld County commissioners over water-pipeline vote

As Thornton nears its deadline to construct a pipeline from a reservoir near Fort Collins, the quickest and most direct way for the city to get approval for a Weld County pipeline is through the courts

Growth

“A secret garden”: Hidden peonies on a farm near Pueblo became a public obsession

After COVID kept visitors away, the family-run attraction needed help. Support quickly bloomed.

Culture

Landowners who shaped Colorado’s conservation easement bill would receive hundreds of thousands of dollars if credits are restored

Move to use up to $149 million from the state treasury to pay out rejected tax credits draws fire. Critics say those who shaped the legislation would personally benefit.

Politics and Government

Industries could dump more pollution into Colorado rivers under proposed rule change that goes against recommendations

Clean water advocates say a state commission is preparing to double down on a bad decision last year that failed to protect Clear Creek and the South Platte, and that a broader ruling may endanger more pristine streams.

Environment
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The slow fade of Colorado’s mountain pine beetle is triggering a massive shift in the timber industry

Loggers and sawmills prepare for a downturn in supply of beetle-kill timber 15 years after a surge of pests began their devastating march through 3.3 million acres of Colorado forests.

Business

87 Front Range oil and gas wells ordered to shut down after operator KP Kauffman fails to clean up spills

Ditch companies and farmers have been harmed by KP Kauffman’s unfinished work to mop up after flowlines leaked, state regulators say

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