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FAA to give Denver airport $60M to upgrade terminal, bag-handling system

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is giving nearly $1 billion to 85 airports to expand and upgrade terminals and other facilities, using money approved in last year’s huge infrastructure bill. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the projects will help meet future demand for travel and make flying safer and more efficient. “I don’t think anybody […]

Posted inEnvironment, News

Federal judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Energy, News

Biden waives solar panel tariffs, seeks to boost production

By Will Weisert, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase U.S. manufacturing of solar panels while declaring a two-year tariff exemption on panels from Southeast Asia. He’s attempting to jumpstart an industry key to his climate change-fighting goals that advocates say has been disrupted by a federal investigation. The White House […]

Posted inEnergy, News

Biden administration increases oil and gas royalty rate, scales back lease sales

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department on Friday said it’s moving forward with the first onshore sales of public oil and natural gas drilling leases under President Joe Biden, but will sharply increase royalty rates for companies as federal officials weigh efforts to fight climate change against pressure to bring down […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Outsider

Federal appeals court sides with rafting outfitters, who do not have to pay guides $15 an hour

Rafting companies do not have to comply with a presidential order to pay guides at least $15 an hour, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals gave Duke Bradford, the owner of Chaffee County’s Arkansas Valley Adventure and the Colorado River Outfitters Association, a reprieve in their lawsuit to block […]

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Colorado to request $25M in federal aid to help clean up its more than 1,200 orphan wells

Colorado is seeking $25 million from a federal fund to plug orphan oil and gas wells, state officials said, in what could be the first installment of millions in cleanup aid. The money is part of the Biden administration’s infrastructure program, passed by Congress last November. A total of $1.4 billion in plugging and abandonment […]

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Judge rejects Colorado rafting outfitters’ lawsuit protesting mandatory minimum wage for guides

A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Colorado rafting companies seeking to block a new rule that raised the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour.  “We will appeal and continue to press forward,” said Duke Bradford, the owner of Arkansas Valley Adventures who joined the Colorado River Outfitters Association in […]

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Biden decries Trump backers as “dagger at throat” of democracy

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro and Zeke Miller, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden accused Donald Trump and his supporters of holding a “dagger at the throat of democracy” in a forceful speech Thursday marking the anniversary of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. He warned that though it didn’t succeed, […]

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Biden administration moves to expand solar power on public land in Colorado

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels. The U.S. Bureau […]