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Colorado’s drought keeps getting worse, with a quarter of the state now exceptionally dry

November in Colorado is usually a time for hyping up the winter powder season, speculating on how many snow days students will get and generally looking forward to flaky, fluffy precipitation. But with almost 25% of the state classified in “exceptional” drought status, as of the latest drought monitor report released Thursday, and little reprieve […]

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“Flaring” at oil and gas wells to be curtailed as Colorado regulators adopt some of nation’s strictest rules

Flaring, the practice of burning off gas from oil and gas wells, will be limited to a handful of state-approved circumstances under the most comprehensive rules in the nation, adopted Thursday by Colorado regulators. “We’ve done a good job for Colorado and the nation,” Jeff Robbins, the chairman of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation […]

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Colorado regulators probe why the coal-fired Comanche 3 power plant has been out of service for months

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday launched an investigation into Xcel Energy’s problem-plagued Comanche 3 coal-fired power plant, which has had chronic breakdowns requiring millions of dollars in repairs. The $1.3 billion plant near Pueblo has been out of service since mid-January. It was idled between January and June for repairs, Xcel said. When […]

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Coronavirus prepared schools for a second crisis — the East Troublesome fire. But students now have double the trauma.

After evacuating in the smoky dusk on Wednesday, with the glow of nearby flames lighting their way, Scott Hicks and Courtney Lincoln were settling into a friend’s home when an email from a former student landed in both their inboxes. The message, spelled out in all capital letters, signaled a cry for help, with fire […]

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East Troublesome fire held in Rocky Mountain National Park; two deaths confirmed

Firefighters attempting to protect the town of Estes Park from the fast-moving East Troublesome fire on Saturday kept the flames within the road system in Rocky Mountain National Park. Heavy snow is in the forecast for Saturday night, but federal incident commander Noel Livingston said there was significant growth in what is now known as […]

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First coronavirus, then an inferno: How schools in the East Troublesome fire’s path are scrambling to keep their students learning

Most of East Grand School District’s 1,300 students have been back in school full time since the end of August, but now, with Colorado’s second-largest wildfire threatening Granby, their classes are in limbo as many teachers and students evacuate. Superintendent Frank Reeves, who was fleeing to Greeley with his wife on Thursday afternoon, anticipates that […]

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Wildfires make work to reduce Colorado’s greenhouse gas emissions even more crucial, Gov. Polis says

Even as massive wildfires swept across northern Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis on Thursday urged  state air regulators to “never take our eye from the ball of the climate crisis.” The fires that have engulfed the state for months only underscore the need to meet the state’s  goal of reducing  greenhouse gas emissions, which have been […]

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Denver’s unique sales tax to fight climate change could be a blueprint for future action nationwide

Ballot measure 2A is part of Denver’s efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in the city, but some are concerned about regressive nature of the tax Denver voters this year could give the city a unique tool for fighting climate change that is unlike strategies pursued by other U.S. cities. Across the nation, local […]