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Federal judge throws out Trump-era rollbacks on endangered species

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a host of actions by the Trump administration to roll back protections for endangered or threatened species, a year after the Biden administration said it was moving to strengthen such species protections. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in Northern California […]

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Wind energy company pleads guilty after 150 eagles are killed at its farms in 8 states, including Colorado

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A wind energy company was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay more than $8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed over the past decade at its wind farms in eight states, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. NextEra Energy subsidiary ESI […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Neguse’s push for a National Biodiversity Strategy is vital for endangered species

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Lafayette, has introduced a vitally important resolution in the U.S. Congress to stem the loss of our planet’s wild creatures.  As revealed in a recent global biodiversity report, although more than 150 countries pledged 10 years ago to work toward achieving 20 targets for conserving biodiversity by the year 2020, no […]

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Trump administration plans would ease protections for sage grouse in West

By Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The Trump administration announced plans Thursday that ease protections for sage grouse in the West, prompting an outcry by critics who say the move paves the way for widespread mining and drilling and ignores a federal court ruling. U.S. officials plan to formally publish what […]

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Proposition 114 explained: What’s at stake with the effort to reintroduce gray wolves in Colorado

There are gray wolves to the north and gray wolves to the south.  Colorado voters will decide in November whether the roaming predators should have a home in the middle of the country.  Proposition 114 asks voters to direct Colorado Parks and Wildlife to reintroduce wolves in western Colorado beginning in 2023. The idea is […]

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Kill fish to save fish: Behind Colorado’s effort to revive the Rio Grande cutthroat trout

On a beautiful early September day, Ken Gierhart hiked a trail familiar since boyhood to Music Pass in the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Westcliffe. As he dropped off the saddle toward the Sand Creek lakes, he noticed people heading the opposite direction with fishing poles. “How’s the fishing?” he asked one woman. “They’re all […]

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Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in western U.S. citing sage grouse

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from easing rules on mining, drilling and grazing across millions of acres in seven Western states — including Colorado — saying such activities left unchecked were likely to harm a struggling bird species.   The ground-dwelling greater sage grouse […]