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EPA downgrades Colorado’s ozone problem to “severe,” forcing stricter cuts to pollution

The EPA’s long expected move will force North Front Range counties to make changes to gas formula and hundreds of new pollution permits

Environment

Broomfield’s “best practices” for oil and gas are held up as a model. But they don’t curb neighbors’ complaints.

Colorado oil and gas regulators say Broomfield-style mitigation is the key to greenlighting drilling at Kerr-McGee’s McGavin pad within 2,000 feet of Firestone homes

Business

Colorado’s largest driller still wants to put wells within 2,000 feet of homes, but offers some concessions

Regulators tabled their decision after Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer says it will meet some health department demands and pay to monitor emissions.

Energy

Colorado’s largest oil and gas producer wants permission to drill closer than 2,000 feet from homes

A subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum wants exclusion from the state’s 2,000-foot buffer to drill 26 wells near 87 homes in Firestone. Critics say it would render new oil and gas rules useless. 

Business

Lamar and Yuma schools cling to Savages and Tribe after being told to drop Native American mascots

State Indian Affairs commission warns the eastern Colorado districts to find a Plan B or risk big fines. 

Education

Colorado health chief’s testimony in whistleblower lawsuit against CDPHE wasn’t credible, judge says

Judge Shelley Gilman issued a ruling last week denying the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former CDPHE employee

Health

Colorado dangles free transit on bad pollution days. But will there be anyone to ride? Or drive?

Northern Colorado transit systems struggling to lure back riders can’t restore full service because there aren’t enough drivers and that may be keeping customers away.

Environment

Colorado is still struggling to attract kids to its school COVID testing program

As the number of students tested under the state program (slowly) grows, so does the number of kids testing positive for the virus

Education

A Colorado Springs wellness clinic is now barred from providing coronavirus vaccines

CDPHE barred Dr. Moma Health & Wellness Clinic leaders Friday from providing COVID-19 vaccines following a months-long investigation

Coronavirus

Not enough kids are using Colorado’s school COVID testing program for it to work, governor says

Fewer than 5,000 kids — less than 1% of Colorado’s K-12 student population — are signed up for the state’s weekly testing program launched earlier this month

Coronavirus

Security workers called in to protect Jefferson County mobile coronavirus vaccine clinics

Attackers used a car to knock down signs advertising free shots. Another time someone threw live fireworks into a tent.

News

State board requires COVID vaccines for staff at Colorado hospitals and other health care facilities

The rule requires health care workers at thousands of facilities to get their first dose of vaccine no later than Sept. 30, though state regulators indicated they will be lenient about the deadline

Health

Heavy smoke from West Coast wildfires is expected to blanket Colorado this weekend

Fine particulate matter in the air will be worse Saturday than most other days this year, said Russell Danielson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder.

News

Colorado health chief says she “didn’t grasp” problem that led to huge HIV program cuts

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, a key member of Gov. Jared Polis’ cabinet, said she didn’t realize how legal guidance would affect funding for HIV prevention

Politics and Government

Plague found in fleas collected after death of 10-year-old girl in southwest Colorado

The plague-positive fleas were collected from a prairie dog colony that went "silent" shortly after a 10-year-old girl died of the plague in the area.

Health

A person may have died from plague in Colorado for the first time in six years

San Juan Basin Public Health was notified July 7 of the potential case of plague, which is transmitted by infected fleas.

Health

Colorado AG appoints investigators for whistleblower’s pollution complaint

Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a Thursday statement saying his office had appointed attorneys at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, an Atlanta-based firm, as special assistant attorneys general

Environment

Colorado attorney general launches probe of whistleblowers’ air-pollution control complaints

Phil Weiser’s office asks for a third-party investigator to assess internal employee complaints that the Air Pollution Control Division ignored the law and falsified data

Environment

Colorado’s coronavirus dial system ends Friday. As hospitalizations spike, it will be up to counties to respond.

Gov. Jared Polis said Colorado has reached a point in the pandemic where local communities can decide what restrictions are right for them. But at the same time he’s pleading with the public to be careful.

Coronavirus

Officials advise 4,000 people vaccinated at Colorado Springs spa to get new coronavirus shots

The state health department stopped vaccinations at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness Clinic on Friday

Coronavirus
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