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Interior Department says Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge public opening will be delayed, then quickly says it won’t

By Dan Elliott, The Associated Press DENVER — The U.S. Interior Department said Friday it will go ahead with plans to open a wildlife refuge at the site of a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado, after briefly putting the opening on hold amid concerns about public safety. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, on the perimeter […]

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Colorado House Democratic leader KC Becker endorses stricter oil and gas setbacks

Colorado House Majority Leader KC Becker told The Colorado Sun she has endorsed a ballot initiative to establish a half-mile buffer between oil and gas drilling and homes, making her the first high-ranking elected official in the state to do so. The endorsement from Becker — a Boulder Democrat who is the leading candidate to […]

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The Tailhook scandal shook the Navy, and the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor found himself in the middle of it

Lang Sias’ military records as a Navy fighter pilot gush with praise. “Combat proven aviator.” “A rising star.” “The top lieutenant.” Now Colorado’s Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, Sias had a Navy career that spanned more than 11 years and included medals for combat operations in Desert Storm and the most prestigious position at the […]

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Cargill Meat, union reach $1.7M settlement with 138 Muslim workers at Fort Morgan plant over prayer accommodations

Cargill Meat Solutions and a union representing meat packers have reached a nearly $1.7 million deal to settle claims that 138 Muslim workers at its Fort Morgan plant were denied proper prayer accommodations and then wrongfully lost their jobs. The settlement was announced Friday morning. The 138 employees, many of them immigrants from Somalia, alleged […]

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Colorado lawmakers under pressure to act as troubled immigrant driver’s license program approaches another large crossroads

Three of Colorado’s four Division of Motor Vehicles offices that distribute driver’s licenses to people living in the U.S. illegally could stop offering the service in February if state lawmakers can’t reach an accord early in the 2019 legislative session. Finding such an agreement — to override a cap that triggers the reduction — is […]

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“I had to reinvent myself. I’m back but I’m different:” A southwest Colorado man recovers from a devastating mountain climbing fall

SURVIVORS: A series on close calls and heroes in the Colorado outdoors MANCOS — It had been a hard summer for Thad Ferrell. He’d been hammering away at his construction job and not climbing as much as he wanted. So when he had a free day, he called his climbing partner Lizzy Scully. She also […]

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Jared Polis spent $39.79 per vote in the primaries. That’s nothing compared to other self-funded candidates.

The $18.4 million Jared Polis has spent from his own pocket to become Colorado governor is setting statewide records and drawing complaints from his opponent that the Democrat is trying to buy the election. But so far, the self-funding is relatively moderate compared to other gubernatorial candidates around the nation. Polis ranks fifth in the […]

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How the Southwest’s drought has led to a record-breaking increase in invasive mussels on boats coming into Colorado

The intense drought in the Southwest is threatening Colorado water supplies beyond just the lack of rainfall. State wildlife officials report a record number of boats carrying invasive mussels coming into Colorado from out of state. And the arid summer and winter could be to blame. The main culprit is Lake Powell, whose low water levels […]

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Centennial just became Colorado’s largest city to launch an alternative broadband service. What about the other 100+ that voted to control their internet destiny?

Updated on Nov. 7, 2018: Nearly 20 more cities, counties and municipalities voted to opt out of the broadband law. See a complete list in the chart at the bottom of this story. Ting Internet turned on gigabit broadband service to its first customers in Centennial last week. A ceremony was held in the front […]

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How the “outdoor voter” has emerged as a potentially potent political force in Colorado

David Leinweber, the owner of Colorado Springs’ beloved Angler’s Covey flyfishing shop, asked a Republican candidate earlier this year to voice full-throated support for the state’s outdoor recreation industry. The candidate told him, “No way. It will put a target on my back, and I’ll be labeled as green,’” Leinweber recalled. “And he lost my […]