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Wolves may need protections after states expand hunting, Biden administration says

The position is an abrupt turnaround for agency officials who spent years in court defending their decision under the Obama administration to allow wolves to be hunted and trapped

Environment

Biden turns to Colorado to pitch investments in clean energy to combat climate change

The trip to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden will cap off the president’s two-day swing to the West

News

Littwin: Why have the world’s greatest military if we don’t use it to evacuate all Americans and Afghan allies?

Rep. Jason Crow wants America out of Afghanistan, but not while leaving behind those who helped us fight the forever war

Opinion Columns

U.S. Supreme Court allows evictions to resume during pandemic

The court's conservative majority blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a temporary ban that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Economy

Biden administration backs end to wolf protections but hunting worries grow

Wolves under federal protection made a remarkable rebound in parts of the U.S. over the past several decades, after being driven from the landscape by excessive hunting and trapping in the early 1900s

Environment

Interior Department launches review of climate damage from coal mining on public lands

The review also will consider if companies are paying fair value for coal extracted from public reserves in Colorado and other Western states

Climate

Littwin: Joe Biden made the right call in leaving Afghanistan. If only he’d known how to pull it off.

In his speech, Biden gave a forceful explanation for why it was long past time to end the war in Afghanistan. But he offered no real explanation for how the ending turned into chaos.

Opinion Columns

“A lot of complex feelings”: How 3 Colorado veterans who served in Afghanistan feel about the country’s collapse

Forty Coloradans died in the war in Afghanistan. Fort Carson in Colorado Springs lost nearly 100 soldiers to the conflict.

Politics and Government

Biden administration to appeal order blocking oil, gas lease pause

The moratorium was imposed after Biden signed executive orders on Jan. 27 to fight climate change

Energy

Democratic Colorado congressman on Afghanistan: “We didn’t need to be in this position”

Jason Crow, an Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, says the U.S. must work hard to evacuate as many Afghans who helped American troops as possible

Politics and Government

“We need to provide a path forward for clarity”: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits new Bureau of Land Management HQ in Grand Junction

Haaland said one of her first goals was to consider the well-being of the agency as she thinks about the future of its headquarters

Politics and Government

Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on public lands increase despite Biden climate pledge

Biden campaigned last year on a pledge to end new drilling on federal lands to rein in climate-changing emissions

Energy

As wildfires rage in the West, Biden temporarily raises federal firefighter pay to $15/hr

Biden's plan would add or convert to full-time nearly 1,000 firefighters across a host of agencies

Wildfire

Mining ban considered to protect greater sage grouse species in western U.S.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey said last month that greater sage grouse numbers across 11 Western states are down 65% since 1986

Environment

How Colorado can — and cannot — spend the $5.7 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus heading its way

The state, counties and cities could receive payments within days. But there are limits on how the money can be distributed that elected leaders are still trying to navigate.

Politics and Government

First lady Jill Biden to visit Colorado Springs, Salt Lake City next week

Biden will travel to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas on Wednesday and then go to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs the following day

Politics and Government

Biden administration ends oil, gas lease sales from public land through June

The petroleum industry and its Republican allies in Congress have said the oil and gas moratorium will harm the economies of Western states without putting a significant dent in climate change

Energy

Colorado labor department will take unemployment system offline to prepare for new federal jobless benefits

As a result, users should not see a payment lapse as they did in December after the last federal relief package passed.

Economy

Vice President Kamala Harris to tout COVID relief package in Denver

Details on the visit by Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were still being worked out, the vice president's office said.

Politics and Government

Colorado plan to scale back CMAS testing moves forward. Kids would test in literacy or math, but not both.

House Bill 1161 minimizes testing for students, teachers, and administrators dealing with the effects of the pandemic.

Education
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