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Colorado Parks & Wildlife director suspended after alleged “back of the bus” comment about Black employee  

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources placed Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow on paid leave after a Black employee sent an open letter to Gov. Jared Polis complaining of racism against her and others at a Vail outdoors conference.  The letter by the employee, statewide partnerships coordinator Alease “Aloe” Lee, said Prenzlow tried to […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: I’m a state environment-protection employee. Our workload is not sustainable.

The pandemic made clear for many Coloradans what state employees already knew: state services and infrastructure are underfunded, under-resourced, and understaffed. That’s why the recent negotiation of the first contract between state employees and the state was such an important win for both state workers and the Colorado families that depend on public services, from […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Wildfire

Colorado gets $10 million to fight coal seam fires like those burning at Marshall Mesa and Glenwood Springs

Colorado will get $10 million in new federal infrastructure money to combat decades-old coal seam fires like those on Marshall Mesa and in Glenwood Springs that periodically flare up and wreak havoc, state officials said Tuesday.  The new funding more than triples Colorado’s existing federal budget for all coal mine cleanup efforts, and will be […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors, Outsider

Colorado’s 2020-21 avalanche season was tied for the deadliest. It’s helping forecasters hone warnings and outreach.

A once-in-a-decade layer of rotten snow in the mountains combined with unprecedented traffic in the backcountry made the 2020-21 avalanche season the deadliest in many years.  The 37 deaths across the country — each a tragedy that will resonate for lifetimes — delivered lessons to avalanche forecasters and researchers, especially in Colorado, where 12 men […]

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Polis administration pushing green agenda, but isn’t objecting to coal mine royalty cuts worth millions

All six coal mines operating in Colorado last year won cuts to the royalties they paid to the federal or state government, denying treasuries millions of dollars and flouting policy claims by President Biden and Gov. Jared Polis to curb coal’s intense pollution.   The Polis administration made no objection to the cuts even when the […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Growth, News, Water

Watering restrictions work. But only 53% of Colorado cities have them.

By Sarah Kuta, Fresh Water News Despite a stubborn, 20-year drought and reservoirs whose supplies are below normal, Colorado communities remain split on whether to impose permanent outdoor watering restrictions, according to a Fresh Water News analysis of local watering rules. According to the analysis, which examined rules in 15 cities representing the state’s different […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors

Two popular Colorado waterways are shut down amid raging currents, large number of rescues

While the Western Slope faces dangerous drought conditions, the urban stream and river corridors along the Front Range are flowing high and fast, so much so that officials are closing parts of the Poudre River and Clear Creek to limit people on the water.  In Fort Collins, the Poudre Fire Authority has rescued more than […]

Posted inEducation, Environment, News, Outdoors

Colorado Parks and Wildlife opens up nearly 200,000 acres for hunting, fishing access on school trust lands

Colorado Parks & Wildlife will open up nearly 200,000 more state acres to hunting and fishing beginning this fall, completing a doubling of public access to state school trust lands over three years to just under 1 million acres.  The Public Access Program, launched by Gov. Jared Polis in 2019, expanded seasonal opportunities for wildlife-related […]

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All state parks in Colorado will get electric vehicle charging stations in deal with EV maker Rivian

Electric vehicle maker Rivian will put public charging stations in every state park at no cost to the state, with the first installations planned for July, after the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved the proposal.  Backers on the commission and from outside environmental groups said the pact is a fast and worthy step […]