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Biden administration to appeal order blocking oil, gas lease pause

By Kevin McGill, The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — President Joe Biden’s administration filed notice Monday that it is appealing a federal judge’s order that blocked Biden’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and waters. A Louisiana-based federal judge issued the ruling in June, siding with Louisiana’s attorney general and officials […]

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

U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, a Centennial Democrat, slammed the Biden administration Monday for the chaotic situation unfolding in Afghanistan as Afghans who helped American troops over the past two decades flee the Taliban’s rapid takeover. “I’m not going to mince my words on this,” Crow, an Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, said Monday during […]

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

GRAND JUNCTION — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday paid her first visit to the new Colorado headquarters of her department’s Bureau of Land Management after its relocation from the nation’s capital by the Trump administration sparked criticism that the move was intended to gut the agency that oversees vast tracts of public lands in […]

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

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. public lands are on pace this year to reach their highest level since George W. Bush was president, underscoring President Joe Biden’s reluctance to more forcefully curb petroleum production in the face of industry and Republican resistance. The […]

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

By Aamer Madhani, The Associated Press The Biden administration said Wednesday it is hiring more federal firefighters — and immediately raising their pay — as officials ramp up response efforts in the face of a severe drought that is setting the stage for another destructive summer of intense wildfires across the West. President Joe Biden […]

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

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse. The Interior Department review comes in response to a federal court order and is expected to […]

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

Mental health? Yes. Transportation? No. Broadband infrastructure? Sure. Tax cuts? Definitely not. The Biden administration on Monday released its rules for how states, counties and cities can spend billions of dollars in coronavirus-relief money from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. For Colorado — recipient of $5.7 billion, $3.8 billion of which will go toward […]

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

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. Interior Department is cancelling oil and gas lease sales from public lands through June amid an ongoing review of how the program contributes to climate change, officials said Wednesday. The action does not affect existing leases, and the agency has continued to issue new […]

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

President Joe Biden’s signature on the American Rescue Plan Act on Thursday spurred the state’s Department of Labor and Employment into action so out-of-work Coloradans see no delay in receiving federal jobless benefits. In anticipation of the bill’s passage, the state labor department planned to take the unemployment system offline Friday night to prepare it […]