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Colorado oil and gas emissions rules begin to tighten, but gaps open over what is monitored, by whom and where

Colorado is moving to tighten air emissions from a range of oil and gas activities – including hydrofracturing or fracking – with a general consensus among industry, environmental and community groups. In two days of testimony before the state’s Air Quality Control Commission there was general support for proposed rules covering fracking and drilling, internal […]

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Fight over Colorado setback rule sets up make-or-break hearing on how close is too close for oil and gas

Colorado regulators have spent more than a year overhauling the state’s oil and gas drilling rules, but on Tuesday they face revising what both industry and environmentalists see as the make-or-break rule: setbacks of oil and gas operations from homes and schools. “Setbacks will determine Gov. Jared Polis’ legacy on oil and gas and whether […]

Posted inColoradans, COVID, Education, News

Wealthy Colorado parents are hiring teachers for private learning pods, leaving low-income students behind

Coronavirus shutdowns and delays have created so many unknowns for Colorado parents with school-age kids just weeks before most classes are slated to start that some are creating their own certainties by starting “pods” of like-minded families and hiring private teachers. The flight from ambiguity — over when school will actually start, whether it will […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News, Technology

Your poop may soon serve as an early warning system for Colorado coronavirus outbreaks

Toilets from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs will soon become important tools in Colorado’s efforts to establish an early warning system for the novel coronavirus. The state of Colorado has committed half a million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds for a year-long pilot program to test sewage. The testing will pinpoint COVID-19-carrying genetic fragments […]

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Broadcom orders its software employees to return to work a week before Colorado will allow others

Before Gov. Jared Polis said reopening the state would begin slowly on Monday, Broadcom engineer Andrei Taraschuk, who works at the San Jose-based chipmaker’s Broomfield office, was shocked to get a note from his company telling everyone to show up in the office starting April 27.  He tweeted his disgust: “As of today, @Broadcom employees […]

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Here’s a roundup of the most important 2019 local election results in Colorado

Coloradans decided on two major statewide ballot measures on Tuesday, but they also made key choices in a number of local races that will shape the state for years to come.  From the Aurora mayoral contest to a big Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights question in Jefferson County and the future of oil and gas drilling […]

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Broomfield mayoral candidate’s arrest history — and other questions about his past — roil high-stakes race

Broomfield’s high-stakes city government races have been turned upside down by revelations about one candidate’s arrest history — including charges of soliciting prostitution — and other questions about his past.   Kevin Kreeger, a city councilman who is running for mayor, has been abandoned by several of the candidates he was running alongside on a platform […]

Posted inBusiness, News, Outdoors, Outsider, Politics and Government

“There is a lot of uncertainty”: Outdoor industry facing $1.5 billion in monthly losses from Trump’s trade war

“Who here has a business impacted by these tariffs?” asked the speaker at the lectern. Hundreds of hands reached for the ceiling of the standing-room-only convention hall. The angst was palpable at this week’s Outdoor Retailer trade show as the outdoor industry hunkered under painful, punitive tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump in his trade […]

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Colorado’s oil and gas battlefield (and campaign cash) is shifting to local elections

Gov. Jared Polis suggested Colorado’s “oil and gas wars … are over” when he signed sweeping new industry regulations into law this month. But really, the battlefield just shifted. The new law empowers counties and municipalities to exert more authority over oil and gas development, reversing the prior approach that gave the state preemptive control […]